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.
  • Using asteroseismology of red giants to understand the formation and chemo-dynamical evolution of our Galaxy.
  • Detailed modelling and tests of the physics of stellar interiors.
  • 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.
  • Studying the inclination of the orbital planes of exoplanets.
  • 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 and K2 Missions, the upcoming NASA TESS Mission, Gaia, and ground-based observations (including those made by the SONG telescope).

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, asteroSTEP, APOGEE, Gaia-ESO, Kepler, K2, PLATO, 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 Andrea Miglio, Dr Guy Davies, Dr 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 December 31.
  • 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.

Please contact us for further details.