The November publication digest is out, check it out here:
November 2020 Digest
The Astronomy & Astrophysics Group at the University of Warwick is recruiting PhD candidates to start in October 2021. All applications must be submitted by January 15th 2021, 12:00 pm GMT.
Available projects include:
-Stellar Variability and Exoplanet Characterisation (Supervisor: Heather Cegla)
-Extrasolar planetesimal belts (Supervisor: Grant Kennedy)
-The Population of Compact Double White Dwarf Binary Stars (Supervisor: Tom Marsh)
-Remnants of planetary systems around white dwarfs (Supervisor: Boris Gänsicke)
-Stellar and planet formation history across the disk and halo of the Milky Way (Supervisor: Pier-Emmanuel Tremblay)
-Exoplanet atmospheres at high spectral resolution and simulation of future observations of bio-markers (Supervisor: Matteo Brogi)
Further details on how to apply and the available, and potential, projects can be found here: https://warwick.ac.uk/fac/sci/physics/research/astro/postgraduate/.
Applicants are encouraged to contact the project supervisors for further information on the projects and/or the Department.
Warwick is an internationally recognised centre of excellence in the research, with world leading expertise in white dwarfs and exoplanets, and is home to the cross-disciplinary Research Centre for Exoplanets and Habitability. Our group is involved in many major ground and space-based projects, including the Sloan Digital Sky Survey, ESA's CHEOPS satellite and upcoming PLATO mission, the Next Generation Transit Survey (NGTS), and the Gravitational-wave Optical Transient Observer (GOTO). We are also involved in the development of theoretical models using the University’s super-computing facilities, and are experts in the exploration of large and heterogenous data sets, adopting novel techniques including machine learning.
Moreover, Warwick is an excellent place to begin your scientific career, where you will be exposed to a wide range of research topics. You will be immersed in a friendly, collaborative and supportive environment, working with and learning from experts in very different areas, ranging from instrumentation to theoretical physics. At Warwick, personal development is a priority, and incoming PhD students will be invited to join our network of international collaborators, lead projects, and present their work on an international platform.
Both the Physics Department and the University of Warwick hold Athena SWAN Silver awards, a national initiative to promote gender equality for all staff and students. The Physics Department is also a Juno Champion, which is an award from the Institute of Physics to recognise our efforts to address the under-representation of women in university physics and to encourage better practice for both women and men.
At the University of Warwick, we strongly value equity, diversity and inclusion, and encourage applications from all under-represented groups.
More information on the Warwick Astronomy & Astrophysics Group can be found here: https://warwick.ac.uk/fac/sci/physics/research/astro/.
More information on the Centre for Exoplanets and Habitability can be found here:
Non-UK candidates should consult the Scholarship and Funding Opportunities: https://warwick.ac.uk/services/dc/schols_fund/scholarships_and_funding/, and contact the relevant project supervisor to discuss potential applications well in advance of the deadlines.
PhD Opportunities in Space Physics at Imperial College London 2021
The Space & Atmospheric Physics Group at Imperial College London is now receiving applications for admission to our Space Physics PhD programme in October 2021. The following projects are on offer this academic year. Applicants are encouraged to contact potential supervisors in advance.
Surface waves above the magnetic poles
Supervisors: Dr Martin Archer & Dr Jonathan Eastwood
Plasma environment around Ganymede
Supervisor: Prof Marina Galand
Emissions from the coma of comet 67P
Supervisor: Prof Marina Galand
Bow shocks of Venus and Mercury
Supervisor: Dr Heli Hietala
How does the Sun create the solar wind?
Supervisor: Prof Tim Horbury
Subsurface oceans of Galilean moons
Supervisor: Dr Ingo Mueller-Wodarg
Laboratory Astrophysics: Spectroscopy of astrophysically important elements and applications of the new atomic data to astrophysics
Supervisor: Prof Juliet Pickering
Probing the nonlinear dynamics of turbulence in space plasma
Supervisor: Dr Julia Stawarz
This is an open call for applications, but positions are generally filled following interviews in the January to March timeframe. The final number of studentships we have available is confirmed around this time.
Studentships typically include a stipend to support living costs. Fees for home (UK, (pre-)settled status holder, indefinite leave to remain or enter) students, are covered, but not international student fees. EU students who do not have a (pre-)settled status will be considered international students. Applicants who are not UK nationals are particularly encouraged to contact supervisors before submitting an application.
We will be holding a virtual open day on Friday 15th January via Microsoft Teams. Potential supervisors will talk about their projects, and there will be opportunities to talk to individual supervisors in “breakout” rooms.
For more information about the projects on offer, the upcoming open day, and for instructions on how to apply, please see the below webpage.
The October publication digest is out, check it out here:
October 2020 Digest
The September publication digest is out, check it out here:
September 2020 Digest
On 11th December 2020 there will be an RAS Specialist Discussion Meeting on:
The Analysis of Returned Extraterrestrial Materials: Current Capabilities & Future Opportunities
We aim to bring together the international sample analysis community to discuss the current and future analytical capabilities that will maximise the scientific impact of extraterrestrial sample return missions.
The meeting will be held virtually.
We invite abstracts (300 words) for talks (15 mins) and flash presentations (3 mins) on topics related to the laboratory analysis of extraterrestrial materials. The abstract deadline is the9th November 2020.
Abstracts and other enquires should be sent to Ashley King (firstname.lastname@example.org), and registration will open shortly at https://tinyurl.com/yynoa4ax
The summer publication digest is out, check it out here:
July/August 2020 Digest
Missed last weeks seminar? Anna Horleston (Bristol) talks about the latest from Martian InSight mission! Check it out on YouTube here:
The Cosmic Cast season 2 finale is here! Find out what inspired UK planetary scientists to pursue a career in science.
If anyone missed last week's talk by Richard Haythornthwaite (Investigating heavy positive ion composition in Titan’s ionosphere using Cassini CAPS IBS), the recording has been uploaded to YouTube.