About this project
The Astrophysical Data Science Cluster (ADSC) is an exciting new development for the University of Hull’s world renowned E.A. Milne Centre for Astrophysics. A series of five Grand Challenges underpin the ADSC, each of which are aligned with the science roadmaps shaping the science & technology landscape for the UK and Europe for the coming decade. The successful candidates will work alongside international leaders striving to identify the physics driving the formation and evolution of galaxies, stars, and planets, with cross-disciplinary opportunities characterising the development of complex biological life and astrochemistry. A blend of computational and experimental approaches will be adopted, employing Big Data analytical techniques and multi-dimensional data mining, with access provided to one of the country’s most powerful supercomputers and some of the best international telescopes, through our various partnerships. One of the most ambitious computational experiments ever undertaken – the Horizon Run – will ensure opportunities to data mine unprecedented peta- and exa-scale datasets, all within one of the country’s most dynamic, supportive, and social research centres. An extremely generous research budget (£9k) is provided to all successful candidates, above and beyond the stipend. Interested applicants should contact Professor Brad Gibson for additional details.
Data Mining the Horizon Run
The Horizon Run is one of the most ambitious simulations ever undertaken. In collaboration with Milne Centre and the Korea Institute for Advanced Study, ~100 million core hours will be used to reproduce the Universe and its galaxies at unprecedented resolution. The successful candidate will lead the development of data mining algorithms for exploring the chemical abundance patterns of the stars within the simulated galaxies. This Galactic Archaeology experiment will allow us to isolate the physics driving the evolution of the Milky Way, and provide significant overseas time with our partners in Seoul and Paris.
You are strongly advised to contact a potential supervisor and to discuss your research proposal, well before you submit an application. Please refer to the Mathematics and Physical Sciences research pages.
If you have any queries, please email Professor Brad Gibson.
To celebrate the University's research successes, the University of Hull is offering a full-time UK/EU PhD Scholarship or International Fees Bursary.
An extremely generous research budget (£9k) is provided to all successful candidates, above and beyond the stipend
Applicants should have at least a 2.1 undergraduate degree in Physics, Chemistry, Computational Science, or related discipline, together with relevant research experience. It is anticipated that the successful applicant will have a 1st class undergraduate degree or Masters level qualification.
How to apply
Applications for scholarship consideration at the University of Hull should be made through the Postgraduate Application system.
On the second page of your application, please select “Graduate Scholarship” as the type of scholarship you are applying for.
Applicants are strongly encouraged to first identify and contact a potential supervisor.
Application deadline: Thursday 8th February
Full-time UK/EU PhD Scholarships will include fees at the ‘home/EU' student rate and maintenance (£14,553 in 2017/18) for three years, depending on satisfactory progress.
Full-time International Fee PhD Studentships will include full fees at the International student rate for three years, dependent on satisfactory progress.