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PhD Studentship in Astrophysics: Magnetism in hot Jupiters

Newcastle University - School of Maths, Statistics & Physics

Qualification Type: PhD
Location: Newcastle upon Tyne
Funding for: UK Students
Funding amount: 100% fees covered, and a minimum tax-free annual living allowance of £18,622 (2023/24 UKRI rate); will also cover some travel expenses
Hours: Full Time
Placed On: 8th December 2023
Closes: 31st January 2024
Reference: 8216F

Award Summary

100% fees covered, and a minimum tax-free annual living allowance of £18,622 (2023/24 UKRI rate);

Will also cover some travel expenses. 

Overview

Description: Hot Jupiters are Jupiter like planets very close to their host stars. They are hot enough that much of their atmospheres are ionised which allows magnetic fields, generated in their deep interiors, to be coupled to their atmospheric dynamics. This coupling can lead to variation in atmospheric winds, Ohmic heating which could “inflate” the planet and atmospheric dynamos. All of these behaviours can be observed to help us understand hot Jupiter atmospheres and evolution. Yet, much of this rich dynamics has yet to be explored. This project will use primarily multi-dimensional numerical simulations, in conjunction with observational constraints to investigate the effects of magnetism on hot Jupiters. 

Number Of Awards: 1

Start Date: 16th September 2024

Award Duration: 3.5 Years

Application Closing Date: 31st January 2024

Sponsor

Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC)

Supervisors

Prof. Tamara Rogers and Prof. Paul Bushby  School of Maths, Statistics & Physics

Eligibility Criteria

You must have, or expect to gain, a minimum 2:1 Honours degree or international equivalent in a subject relevant to the proposed PhD project (inc. computing, mathematics, engineering etc.). Enthusiasm for research, the ability to think and work independently, excellent analytical skills and strong verbal and written communication skills are also essential requirements.

Home and international applicants (inc. EU) are welcome to apply and if successful will receive a full studentship. Applicants whose first language is not English require an IELTS score of 6.5 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in all sub-skills.

International applicants may require an ATAS (Academic Technology Approval Scheme) clearance certificate prior to obtaining their visa and to study on this programme. 

How To Apply

You must apply through the University’s Apply to Newcastle Portal 

Once registered select ‘Create a Postgraduate Application’.  

Use ‘Course Search’ to identify your programme of study:  

  • search for the ‘Course Title’ using the programme code: 8216F
  • leave the 'Research area' field blank
  • select ‘PhD Astrophysics’ as the programme of study 

You will then need to provide the following information in the ‘Further Details’ section:  

  • a ‘Personal Statement’ (this is a mandatory field) - upload a document or write a statement directly in to the application form  
  •  the studentship code MSP077 in the ‘Studentship/Partnership Reference’ field  
  • when prompted for how you are providing your research proposal - select ‘Write Proposal’. You should then type in the title of the research project from this advert. You do not need to upload a research proposal.  

Contact Details

Professor Tamara Rogers tamara.rogers@newcastle.ac.uk or
Professor Paul Bushby paul.bushby@newcastle.ac.uk

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