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Astronomy and Astrophysics: Vacancies

PhD Scholarships

Applications are invited for PhD student scholarships to work in the Computational Astrophysics Group led by Dr. Jonathan Mackey at the Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies (DIAS), Dublin, Ireland.  Funding will be available from DIAS for 4 years beginning in January 2017, and consists of a stipend, student registration fees each year, and funding to travel to conferences and workshops.

The successful applicant will work on theoretical models and computer simulations of nebulae around massive stars and on comparison of these simulations with observed nebulae.  She/He will have access to supercomputing time in Ireland and other European supercomputing centres.  The project will include an extended visit abroad to develop collaborations during the PhD.

Interested applicants should send a statement of research interests (1 page PDF), a curriculum vitae, and arrange for two letters of reference to be sent by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Informal enquiries about the position may be directed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. The deadline for applications is 31 May 2016.

Minimum requirements:
- A Bachelor of Science (Honours) degree in physics, astrophysics, mathematical or computational physics,
- A strong mathematical background
- Programming experience, ideally in C++, and an interest in programming
- Excellent written and spoken English language skills

The computational astrophysics group is newly established in 2016 through a Royal Society-Science Foundation Ireland University Research Fellowship.  We use fluid-dynamics simulations to understand the interaction between stars and their Galactic environment.  Key areas of interest are circumstellar shells, bubbles and other nebulae around single and binary massive stars, and the interaction of supernova blast waves with these structures after a star explodes.  Modelling of these nebulae constrains stellar wind properties, stellar evolution models, and helps to link types of supernova with different stellar progenitors.  It also allows us to constrain physical processes such as thermal conduction, turbulent mixing, particle acceleration, and photoionization.  The late stages of evolution of massive stars are very uncertain, but crucial for understanding supernova explosions, and modelling circumstellar nebulae allows us to strongly constrain a star's evolutionary history.
For further information please see Jonathan Mackey's website at DIAS:

10 Burlington Road, Dublin 4, D04 C932, Ireland Tel: +353-1-6140100, Fax: +353-1-6680561