Unravelling the growth of spiral galaxies in the nearby Universe

The Astrophysics Group at the University of Surrey invites applications for one STFC funded PhD position to start in October 2021 for a period of three years.

Start date

1 October 2021


3 years

Application deadline

Funding source


Funding information

Funding includes:

  • Full UK/EU Tuition Fee.
  • A stipend of £15,285 for 20/21. This will increase each year in line with the UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) rate. 
  • RTSG of £1,000 p.a.  

Personal Computer (provided by the department)  


The Astrophysics Group at the University of Surrey invites applications for a fully funded PhD position to work in the area of galaxy evolution. The position, velocity, chemistry, and age of each star provide clues to the evolutionary history of a galaxy. Galactic archaeology studies have collected and exploited these stellar fossils in Local-Group galaxies where we are able to resolve individual stars. This PhD project seeks to develop novel galactic archaeology tools for galaxies further afield, for which we are no longer able to resolve stars. State-of-the-art integral-field observations from MaNGA, CALIFA, and MUSE provide spectra at multiple locations in a large number of nearby galaxies, which can be analysed to produce spatially resolved maps of velocity, age, elemental abundances, and star formation. New chemodynamical models will be fit to these maps to uncover the intrinsic distribution of stars in positions, velocity, chemistry, and age for a sample of spiral galaxies similar to our own Milky Way galaxy. Access to the intrinsic distribution is fundamental to understanding the accretion history and accumulation of dark matter within spiral galaxies in our Universe and shed light on the impact of the local environment on the independent paths they have taken.

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Eligibility criteria

Applicants must have an undergraduate or masters degree in physics, astronomy or astrophysics at the time of start of the PhD.

The post is open to students of any nationality (UK, EU or overseas).

IELTS requirements: Overall IELTS grade of 6.5 or above with a minimum of 6.0 in each individual category, in the last 2 years.

How to apply

Please apply online via the Physics PhD programme page by selecting “APPLY” and then  “Physics PhD, October 2021”

Application deadline

Contact details

Payel Das
E-mail: p.das@surrey.ac.uk

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