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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
A. Zijlstra
[a.zijlstra]
Velocity fields of planetary nebulaeintegral field, high resolution spectroscopy of planetary nebulae
  • Observational
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
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
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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    M. Gray
    [malcolm.gray]
    Computational Models of Astrophysical MasersParameter-space and individual source modelling for comparison with ALMA data
    • Observational
    • High Performance Computing
    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
    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
    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