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PhD projects 2015

PhD projects offered for starting in 2015 are listed below. Click on the project title to see a description of the project. You are encouraged to email directly the project supervisor to discuss it with them.

Email address (to be appended with @manchester.ac.uk) is shown in square brackets below the supervisor name.

If you have ideas of your own for potential projects then please contact either a member of staff working within the relevant research area or else email the JBCA PhD admissions officer, Dr. Michael Keith [Michael.Keith] who can put you in contact with a member of staff.

Note: Full project descriptions comming soon!

Primary SupervisorProject TitleDescriptionResearch TypesFunding
P. Browning
[p.browning]
Solar coronal heating through magnetic reconnectionModelling and simulation of heating solar coronal plasma through dissipation of stored magnetic energy by magnetic reconnection
  • Theoretical
  • High Performance Computing
STFC
E. Kerins
[eamonn.kerins]
Data mining the Galactic Centre: the near-infrared VVV surveyThere are a range of possible projects on offer using data from the VVV survey - the largest near-infrared time-domain survey ever undertake… (click on for more)
  • Observational
  • High Performance Computing
STFC
rene.breton
[rene.breton]
Imaging and beam-forming synergy for pulsar observationsThis PhD project will explore new avenues offered by imaging with the SKA and its precursors to complement pulsar science performed in beam-… (click on for more)
  • Observational
L. Piccirillo
[lucio.piccirillo]
Design and realization of a wide-band sub quantum noise parametric amplifier (paramp) based on the non linear kinetic inductance property of superconductorsThis project involves the design and development of an ultra low noise parametric amplifier for future radio astronomy observatories. It wil… (click on for more)
  • Observational
  • Experimental
STFC
g.fuller
[g.fuller]
The precursors to massive stellar cluster forming coresObservations at mm, submm & FIR wavelengths of star forming regions will be used to investigate the formation and evolution of massive clum… (click on for more)
  • Observational
STFC
rene.breton
[rene.breton]
Data buffering for the localisation of short-duration dispersed signalsThis PhD project will take part in the development of transient buffer board technology and techniques to complement FRB detections achieved… (click on for more)
  • Experimental
g.fuller
[g.fuller]
Probing the inner circumstellar regions of protostars using radio and millimetre variability.Observations of the radio variability of forming stars will be used to study the range of phenomena taking place close to the central source… (click on for more)
  • Observational
STFC
g.fuller
[g.fuller]
The structure and evolution of infall around massive young stars and stellar clustersThe properties of the gas which is gravitationally collapsing to form masssive stars and stellar clusters will be studied using mm and submm… (click on for more)
  • Observational
STFC
rene.breton
[rene.breton]
Long-term monitoring of state-transitioning pulsar binariesThis PhD project will focus on the long-term monitoring of state-transitioning pulsar binaries, primarily using optical data.
  • Observational
STFC
rene.breton
[rene.breton]
Study of eclipsing pulsar binariesThis PhD project will use Square Kilometre Array (SKA) precursor instruments such as LOFAR and MeerKAT to study the eclipses of compact bina… (click on for more)
  • Observational
E. Kerins
[eamonn.kerins]
Exoplanet studies through gravitational microlensingA range of projects are offered for investigating how the microlensing effect can improve our knowledge of the cool exoplanet population and… (click on for more)
  • Observational
  • Theoretical
  • High Performance Computing
STFC
R. Davis
[richard.davis]
Galactic Foregrounds and their relevance to the Cosmic Microwave Background With the increases in sensitivity of CMB experiments Foregrounds become more and more important.
  • Observational
STFC
C. Dickinson
[clive.dickinson]
Detection of Baryon Acoustic Oscillations via HI intensity mappingThe student will become a key member of the BINGO team and cosmology group at Manchester. Depending on your interest, and background, you wi… (click on for more)
  • Observational
  • Theoretical
  • Experimental
  • High Performance Computing
STFC
B. Stappers
[ben.stappers]
Finding all the nearby radio pulsars with the next generation of radio telescopes.Find new pulsars with the next generation of radio telescopes.
  • Observational
STFC
A. Zijlstra
[a.zijlstra]
Velocity fields of planetary nebulaeintegral field, high resolution spectroscopy of planetary nebulae
  • Observational
STFC
M. Gray
[malcolm.gray]
The Physical Nature of Maser ObjectsThe project aims to identify the most likely physical objects as hosts of maser emission in the most common source types
  • Observational
  • Theoretical
  • High Performance Computing
STFC
M. Gray
[malcolm.gray]
Computational Models of Astrophysical MasersParameter-space and individual source modelling for comparison with ALMA data
  • Observational
  • High Performance Computing
STFC
P. Weltevrede
[patrick.weltevrede]
A polarized view of the strongest magnets in the Universe: Radio PulsarsA study of the polarization of pulsars with a range of telescopes and methods in order to improve the currently oversimplified "standard" mo… (click on for more)
  • Observational
STFC
P. Browning
[p.browning]
The origin of solar flare energetic particles and their observational signaturesDeveloping models of the acceleration of charged particles during magnetic reconnection in solar flares, using fluid and kinetic plasma mode… (click on for more)
  • Theoretical
  • High Performance Computing
STFC
L. Piccirillo
[lucio.piccirillo]
Design and development of very Low Noise Amplifiers with direct electron channel cooling.A new of Low Noise Amplifiers for Astronomy and Astrophysics will be designed, realized and tested. These new amplifiers will potentially be… (click on for more)
  • Observational
  • Experimental
STFC
C. Dickinson
[clive.dickinson]
Studying anomalous microwave emission - near and farWe are involved in many CMB and foreground experiments including C-BASS and QUIJOTE. We also lead the Galactic science programme for the ESA… (click on for more)
    STFC
    g.fuller
    [g.fuller]
    Angular momentum in high mass star formationThe accretion of gas into forming massive stars, and in particular its angular momentum evolution, will be studied using state of the art n… (click on for more)
    • Observational
    • High Performance Computing
    STFC
    L. Piccirillo
    [lucio.piccirillo]
    Design and construction of a continuous miniature dilution refrigerator for POLARBEAR2 and SIMONS arrayPOLARBEAR and SIMONS array are two CMB polarization experiments dedicated to the detection of the B-modes sited at high altitude at the Atac… (click on for more)
    • Observational
    • Experimental
    STFC
    g.fuller
    [g.fuller]
    The role of magnetic fields in galactic scale star formationState of the art numerical simulations will be used to study the role of the magnetic field in star formation and make observational predict… (click on for more)
    • Observational
    • High Performance Computing
    STFC
    richard.battye
    [richard.battye]
    Modelling dark energy and modified gravity
    • Observational
    • Theoretical
    • High Performance Computing
    STFC
    P. Leahy
    [j.p.leahy]
    New light on radio jetsStudent will join the eMERLIN Legacy project "Resolving Key Questions in Extragalactic Jet Physics", involving mapping iconic radio jets and… (click on for more)
    • Observational
    • Theoretical
    STFC
    rene.breton
    [rene.breton]
    Neutron star formation through electron capture supernovaeThis PhD project will explore the formation of neutron stars through electron capture supernovae using the stellar evolution code MESA in or… (click on for more)
    • Theoretical
    STFC
    M. Gray
    [malcolm.gray]
    Very High Frequency Resolution Observations of MasersAnalysis of e-MERLIN observations of masers, taken with the highest possible frequency resolution (approximately 1Hz channels).
    • Observational
    • Theoretical
    STFC
    rene.breton
    [rene.breton]
    Automated transient classification in the SKA eraThis PhD project will focus on the development of new machine learning techniques and data mining tools to classify transients found by SKA … (click on for more)
    • Theoretical