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 @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.
|Primary Supervisor||Project Title||Description||Research Types||Funding|
|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. 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|
|... More coming soon. Please do contact us if you have your own project ideas.|