Study with us - PhD projects
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The Centre for Astrophysics and Supercomputing (CAS) at Swinburne University of Technology in Melbourne invites expressions of interest (EOIs) from students for potential PhD scholarships to commence by November 2020. Due to the current global pandemic and border closures, this call is limited to those students who can be sure to be in Australia on that time scale*.
The deadline for expressions of interest is Monday, 20 July, 2020.
OzGrav Chief Investigator A/Prof Jeff Cooke - The Deeper, Wider, Faster program: Discovering the fastest bursts in the Universe
OzGrav Associate Investigator Prof Alister Graham - The missing population of intermediate mass black holes
OzGrav Associate Investigator A/Prof Adam Deller - Imaging and modelling the aftermath of gravitational wave mergers
CAS provides a vibrant and international academic environment, located in one of the most liveable cities in the world. Our PhD candidates undertake cutting-edge research under the supervision of word-leading astronomers. PhD projects cover a range of subjects, including galaxy formation and evolution, cosmology, stars and planets, scientific computing and visualisation, and time-domain astrophysics. A list of all CAS PhD topics can be found here.
CAS is one of Australia's largest astronomy research institutes, with about 20 faculty, 20 postdoctoral researchers, and 40 PhD students. Swinburne is one of few universities in the world with guaranteed access to the 10-m W. M. Keck telescopes in Hawaii and hosts the headquarters of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Gravitational Wave Discovery (OzGrav). Our astronomers and students regularly obtain observing time on the HST, VLT, Magellan, AAT, ASKAP, ATCA, MeerKAT, and Parkes telescopes, search for and study gravitational wave sources with LIGO, have in-house access to state-of-the-art 3D visualization facilities, and use OzSTAR, the next generation Australian Supercomputer for theoretical astrophysics.
Students have access to internal funding for travel to telescopes, international conferences, and collaborative meetings. Our PhD graduates continue their careers at top astronomy institutions around the world.
The Centre is located in the lively inner city suburb of Hawthorn, only minutes by public transport from Melbourne's city centre. Melbourne is a dynamic and cosmopolitan city with a mild climate and plenty of sunshine. Buzzing inner city neighbourhoods are renowned for their cafes, restaurants, galleries, and festivals, while featuring numerous parks and open spaces. Mountains, ocean, and wildlife are nearby. Melbourne is top ranked for its quality of life and as a destination for working abroad.
Swinburne provides a positive and supportive work environment and comprehensive benefits, including vacation, sick, and parental leave, and thesis publication and relocation cost allowances. Swinburne is committed to the principles of equity, fairness and inclusivity and to a workplace free from discrimination. The University has been recognised as a Workplace Employer of Choice for gender equality for the seventh year and CAS is the recipient of the Silver Pleiades award for its commitment to advancing women in astronomy. We value our diverse work environment and welcome applications from qualified candidates of any gender, orientation, nationality, and background.
*In September we intend to open EOIs for scholarships commencing in 2021.
Application Website - Expression of Interest
More information about the PhD program at CAS
Centre for Astrophysics and Supercomputing