|Location:||Newcastle upon Tyne|
|Funding for:||UK Students, EU Students, International Students|
|Funding amount:||A tax-free stipend of £15,609 per year (subject to minor change) and 100% Home/International tuition fees.|
|Placed On:||3rd December 2021|
|Closes:||31st January 2022|
We invite applications for a PhD studentship supervised by Dr Adam Ingram within the Astronomy and Cosmology group in the School of Mathematics, Statistics and Physics at Newcastle University. The successful candidate will analyse and model observations of accreting black holes made by NASA’s new X-ray mission, the Imaging X-ray Polarimetry Explorer (IXPE).
Material falling onto a black hole glows brightly in X-rays, lighting up the vicinity of the event horizon. Such accretion happens onto stellar-mass black holes in X-ray binaries and onto supermassive black holes in active galactic nuclei, but the vicinity of the black hole is far too small to directly image. Indirect mapping techniques are therefore required. Until now, we have only been able to measure the brightness of the X-rays and how this depends on wavelength and time. IXPE (launch December 2021) will change this, as it will also be able to make the first measurements of X-ray polarization. The successful candidate will become an associate member of the IXPE team in order to analyse and develop models for new IXPE data from X-ray binaries and active galactic nuclei. The polarization measurements from the new data will provide a whole new way to view and understand black holes.
A founding member of the prestigious Russell Group of research-intensive universities in the UK, Newcastle University is consistently ranked as one of the Top 150 universities in the world (QS World University Rankings 2020). The University is centrally located in the beautiful and cosmopolitan city of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, which is ranked No.1 for affordability (QS Best Student Cities 2019), No.4 for social life (THE Student Experience Survey 2018), and in the Top 3 for both safety and friendliness (Unbroken Britain Survey 2018) in the UK.
Number Of Awards: 1
Start Date: September 2022
Award Duration: 3.5 years
Application Closing Date: 31 January 2022
Sponsor: School of Mathematics, Statistics and Physics
Supervisors: Dr Adam Ingram
You must have or expect a First Class or high 2:1 Honours degree or international equivalent in physics, astronomy, engineering, or closely related disciplines. Enthusiasm for research, ability to think and work independently, excellent analytical skills, and strong verbal and written communication skills are essential requirements.
If English is not your first language, you must have IELTS 6.5 overall (with a minimum of 5.5 in all sub-skills).
The award is available to home and international applicants.
How To Apply
You must apply through the University’s online postgraduate application system.
You will need to:
Dr Adam Ingram - email@example.com
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