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PhD projects 2016

PhD projects offered for starting in 2016 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 is shown in square brackets along with 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. Eamonn Kerins [Eamonn.Kerins] who can put you in contact with a member of staff.

Primary SupervisorProject TitleDescriptionResearch TypesFunding
Prof. Stappers [Ben.Stappers] Searching for pulsars and fast transients with MeerKAT Finding pulsars and fast transients with the next generation of radio telescopes. Pulsars, Instrumentation, Computational Astrophysics. STFC
Prof. 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. Cosmology and the early Universe, Observational STFC
Dr. T. Muxlow [tom.muxlow] Supernovae and starformation in the Starburst galaxy M82 Physics of starformation and supernovae in M82 Birth, evolution and death of stars, Observational. STFC
Dr. C. Dickinson [clive.dickinson] First observations of the Galaxy with the Manchester-Athens Wide-Field Camera (MAWFC) instrumentation/technology, astrophysical dust and gas, evolution of stars, cosmology STFC Other
Dr. M. Gray [malcolm.gray] Computational Models of Astrophysical Masers Many-level computational models of astrophysical molecules predict inversions Birth, evolution and death of stars; Astropyhsical dust and gas; Computing/Observational. STFC
Dr. M. Gray [malcolm.gray] The Physical Nature of Masing Objects What are the physical objects that support astrophysical masers? Birth, evolution and death of stars; Astropyhsical dust and gas STFC
Dr. M. Gray [malcolm.gray] Radiative Transfer of Radiation with OAM How is radiation with OAM generated and destroyed in astrophysical environments? Astropyhsical dust and gas; Theoretical STFC
Dr. M. Gray [malcolm.gray] Very High-Frequency Resolution Observations of Masers Can we detect non-Gaussian statistics in cosmic maser radiation? STFC
Dr. E. Kerins [eamonn.kerins] Towards precision mass measurements of cool exoplanets using microlensing Develop both real-time and offline simulations which will help us to understand the cool exoplanet population. Exoplanets; Microlensing; Observational/Theoretical STFC
Dr. E. Kerins [eamonn.kerins] Data mining the Galactic Centre: the near-infrared VVV survey Science exoploitation of the VVV survey - the largest near-infrared time-domain survey ever. Time-domain astrophsics/transients; Microlensing; Observational/Theoretical STFC
Dr. A. Scaife [anna.scaife] Magnetic fields around Radio Galaxies Magnetic fields around Radio Galaxies STFC
Dr. M. Keith [michael.keith] Exploiting Phased Array Feeds for the Lovell and eMerlin TBD Technology; Pulsars; Transients; Experimental STFC
Dr. M. Keith [michael.keith] Advanced study of giant pulsar timing archives Understanding pulsars through detailed analysis of half a million observations Pulsars; High Performance Computing; Cloud computing; "Big data"; STFC
Dr. M. Keith [michael.keith] Ultra-precision pulsar timing for gravitational wave experiements TBD Pulsars; Observational; STFC
Dr. R. Beswick [robert.beswick] Fueling star-formation and accretion in Galaxies - tracing dense, molecular gas Tracing the fuel for star-formation and accretion in galaxies in the local Universe Birth evolution and death of stars; Astrophysical dust and gas; Technology; Observational; STFC
Dr. E. Kerins [eamonn.kerins] Transmission spectroscopy of exoplanet atmospheres Probe the chemical abundance of the atmospheres of exoplanets Exoplanets; Observational/Theoretical STFC
Prof. A. Zijlstra [a.zijlstra] Planetary nebulae in the Milky Way Bulge STFC
Prof. A. Zijlstra [a.zijlstra] Stars through the eyes of SPHERE STFC
Prof. M. Brown [m.l.brown] Source sample classification and redshift information strategies for cosmology with radio weak lensing surveys Gravitational weak lensing; Cosmology; formation and evolution of galaxies and clusters; Observational/Theoretical STFC
Prof. P. Browning [philippa.browning] Magnetic reconnection and heating the solar corona STFC
Prof. P. Browning [philippa.browning] The origin of solar flare energetic particles and their observational signatures STFC
Prof. S. L. Bridle [sarah.bridle] The dark energy survey Cosmology & the early Universe, Gravitational lensing / microlensing STFC
Dr. R. Breton [rene.breton] Finding "black widows" and "redbacks" in the VVV survey STFC
Dr. N. Jackson [neal.jackson] Observations and modelling of radio gravitational lens systems Use of e-MERLIN, VLBI and JVLA data to examine strong (multiple image) gravitational lens systems, in order to deduce properties of the lensed sources and lensing galaxies Observations, radio interferometry data reduction, gravitational lens modelling STFC
Prof. R. Battye [richard.battye] Dark Energy and Modified Gravity Theoretical cosmology STFC
Prof. R. Battye [richard.battye] Techniques for Radio Weak Lensing Observational cosmology, data reduction, computer modeling STFC
Prof. C. Dickinson [clive.dickinson] Intensity Mapping with BINGO Observational cosmology STFC
Prof. P. Browning [philippa.browning] Modeling magnetised circumstellar disks STFC (Guaranteed project*)
Dr. J. Chluba [jens.chluba] Probing Cosmological Recombination Radiation Royal Society (Guaranteed project*)
Prof. K. Grainge [keith.grainge] Understanding Blazar Jets - The OVRO 40-m Blazar Monitoring Program STFC
* As in all years we list many more projects than can be funded through our yearly studentship allocation. Projects indicated as "Guaranteed projects" have ring-fenced funding and therefore guaranteed availability in 2016 to suitably qualified candidates.
Please do contact us if you have your own project ideas.