Galactic archaeology beyond the near field
The Department of Physics is offering a fully-funded PhD studentship to work with Dr Payel Das in the Astrophysics Research Group. Dr. Payel Das is funded by a UKRI Future Leaders Fellowship, 'Galactic archaeology beyond the near field', aimed at understanding the evolution of nearby galaxies, including our own, through synergies between unprecedented data and new state-of-the-art chemo-dynamical models.
Start date1 October 2020
The stipend is the normal UKRI stipend of about £15k per annum and the tuition fees are the current University fee of £4327.
The position, velocity, and chemical composition of each star provide clues to the evolutionary history of a galaxy. Galactic archaeology seeks to collect and exploit these stellar fossils in galaxies where we can resolve individual stars. This PhD project seeks to develop novel galactic archaeology tools for exploiting stellar fossils that have been harvested in M31 and its satellite dwarf galaxies. The work will be pivotal in understanding the accretion history and accumulation of dark matter in M31, and shed light on the independent formation paths taken by spiral galaxies in our Universe.
Applications are welcome from students wishing to study for a PhD on a full-time or part-time basis. This studentship is available to applicants who are categorised as either Home/EU students, or International (non-EU) students.
This studentship will be supervised by Dr Payel Das.
Applicants to research degree programmes should normally have at least a first class or an upper second class British Bachelors Honours degree (or equivalent) in Physics, or an appropriate discipline.
UK and EU students are eligible for this studentship; overseas students must additionally apply for top-up funding from the Surrey Doctoral College to cover the international fees.
IELTS requirements: IELTS Academic 6.5 or above (or equivalent) with 6.0 in each individual category.
Telephone: 01483 686800
Astrophysics Research Group
The studentship is available for research within any of the research groups in the department of Physics:
For further information about the research in the department, please refer to our website.