PhD Recruitment

We are offering PhD positions in the Solar and Stellar Physics group which will focus on our main areas of expertise:

  • The asteroseismic characterisation of exoplanet systems.
  • The asteroseismic characterisation of magnetic activity cycles in Sun-like stars. 
  • Helioseismic studies of the Sun, in particular the solar cycle and structure and dynamics of the deep solar interior.
  • Applications of machine-learning and Bayesian techniques to the analysis of asteroseismic and helioseismic data.
  • Application of machine-learning to exoplanet atmospheric models.
  • Investigating circumbinary planets using the radial-velocity method.
  • Techniques for measuring masses and radii of Earth-sized worlds.

In Birmingham students can benefit from working in a team with complementary expertise (observation, data analysis, astrostatistics, stellar modelling), which makes it ideally suited to analyse and exploit the large quantities and variety of incoming space- and ground-based data (from spectroscopic, astrometric, asteroseismic, and transiting and Doppler exoplanet surveys). Datasets to be exploited include those from the NASA Kepler, K2 and TESS Missions, Gaia, and ground-based observations (including those made by the SONG telescope). The group also has access to telescopes in Antarctica and Chile.

Our group has a strong international outlook: we are one of the nodes of the Stellar Astrophysics Centre and we are involved in major international projects and collaborations, such as SPACEINN, Kepler, K2, TASCPLATO, SPECULOOS, ASTEP and TESS.

For an overview of the research areas in our group please see the research page. We are currently seeking Ph.D. students to work with Prof Bill Chaplin, Dr Guy Davies or Prof Amaury Triaud.

Application Process

Applications should be submitted in electronic form to the University Application Portal and must include:

  • Deadline for receipt of application is January 31 for full consideration. (Late applications might be considered.)
  • A cover letter briefly stating the research area(s) of interest. A concise description of the research areas is provided above.
  • A Curriculum Vitae.
  • University transcripts (scanned versions are acceptable).
  • Applicants should also arrange for two reference letters to be submitted before the deadline.

Please contact us for further details.