Research students

PhD Studentships in the Jeremiah Horrocks Institute

School of Physical Sciences and Computing

Applications are invited for two full time PhD (via MPhil) studentships in Astronomy or Astrophysics in the Jeremiah Horrocks Institute.  The studentship is tenable for up to 3.5 years full-time (subject to satisfactory progress) and will cover the cost of tuition fees at UK/EU rates and an annual maintenance grant (£14777 for 2018/19). The studentship is funded externally, through the University’s Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) Studentship Grant. The studentship is expected to commence 1 October 2018.

Please note that residency restrictions apply. Applicants classed as International for tuition fee purposes are not eligible to apply. Students from EU countries other than the UK are eligible for a tuition fees only award.

Project Description

The projects will be in one of the following areas, depending on the preference of the student ranked highest on the list of applicants (ranking will be carried out by JHI staff based on application forms, references, and interviews of short-listed candidates):

  • Investigating the rotation of sunspots with the Solar Dynamics Observatory (Dr. Daniel Brown)
  • Parsec-scale jets in Active Galactic Nuclei (Dr. Tim Cawthorne)
  • Modelling the formation of the Milky Way in the era of GAIA (Dr. Victor Debattista)
  • Solar Energetic Particles and Space Weather (Prof. Silvia Dalla)
  • Modelling the multi-wavelength SEDs of galaxies (Prof. Cristina C. Popescu)
  • Observational Star Formation (Prof. Derek Ward-Thompson)
  • Theoretical Planet Formation and Exoplanets (Dr. Dimitris Stamatellos)
  • Stellar populations and chemical enrichment in galaxies (Dr. Anne Sansom)
  • Determining the fine scale structure of the solar corona (Prof. Robert Walsh)

These projects are suggested opportunities offered by JHI staff. If you would like more details or would like to discuss something else related to their field of study, then please contact us directly.

Candidates should have (or expect to have been formally awarded by 1 October 2018) a UK Bachelor of Science degree at 2:1 or above in Physics or Astrophysics (or equivalent qualification), or a Masters level qualification e.g. MSc or MPhys (or equivalent qualification).

EU applicants will need to hold an English Language qualification at IELTS 6.5 (no sub-score below 6.0) or equivalent qualification.

Further information

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Completed application forms should be returned to the Research Student Registry via email at


Closing date: 2nd March 2018
Interview date: 14th March 2018

Application Form .docx (81KB)
Description and Specification .docx (41KB)