Horizon 2020: Chemical Elements as Tracers of the Evolution of the Cosmos


Funded PG Dip and PhD


3 years (full-time)

Application deadline:

17:00 on 7 May 2021

About this project

A pan-European collaboration, ChETEC (Chemical Elements as Tracers of the Evolution of the Cosmos) brings together the leading groups exploring the origins of the chemical elements, from laboratory nuclear astrophysics through to the dispersal of isotopes throughout galaxies and the wider cosmos. The successful candidate will lead one of the key Horizon-2020 Work Packages devoted to understanding and modelling the chemical evolution of galaxies, driving the development of the next-generation of open source software tools, including our Python-based OMEGA+. Working closely with ChETEC nodes in Hungary and Italy, opportunities abound to expand upon the power of OMEGA+, apply it to a myriad of scientific problems, and deliver training sessions to its ever-increasing worldwide user base.

The successful candidate will join one of the country’s newest and most dynamic research units, the E.A. Milne Centre for Astrophysics, and partner with Europe’s leading network of nuclear astrophysicists, ChETEC-INFRA.

Find out more about the supervisory team:

Professor Brad Gibson

Marco Pignatari

Contact Professor Brad Gibson for more information about this project.

The closing date for applications is 17.00 on Friday 7 May 2021. Interviews will take place in the week commencing 24 May.

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The successful applicant will receive a fee waiver and a maintenance grant / stipend for three years, which covers the research period of the PhD. The fee waiver for 21/22 is £4500 (Home fee) and the maintenance grant is £15609. This rises each year in line with the UKRI’s recommended stipend allowance.

Entry requirements

We welcome applications for this funded 3-year PhD studentship, to start in September 2021.

You should have a good first degree (at least a 2:1 Honours degree) – BSc or MPhys (or equivalent). A Masters degree in a relevant area is desirable but not essential.

International applicants

This scholarship opportunity is open to Home candidates only.

Submission of thesis

Submission of your final thesis is expected within three years and three months from the start of your PhD scholarship.

If you need to move into a fourth year to complete your thesis, please note that you will not receive a tuition fee waiver or maintenance grant during this period.