Probing the molecular composition of planet-forming regions with ALMA

Supervisor(s)

Contact Dr Catherine Walsh to discuss this project further informally.

Project description

ALMA, the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array, is a state-of-the-art telescope in Chile. It has the resolution and sensitivity to observe emission from dust and gas on size scales similar to that of the Solar System in nearby young exoplanet-forming systems. The research conducted during this project will involve the reduction and analysis of ALMA observations of gas-phase molecules in several nearby young exoplanet-forming sources obtained as part of the ALMA Large Programme, “The Chemistry of Planet Formation”, recently awarded ~100 hours of observing time.

The successful candidate will receive training in (sub)millimeter astronomy, interferometry, molecular astrophysics, radiative transfer techniques, numerical modelling, computer programming, and the treatment and manipulation of large datasets.

This project would be suitable for a candidate interested in astrochemistry, astrobiology, planetary science, and planet formation, and who is seeking a computationally-focussed PhD project in a high-impact research area.

Entry requirements

Applications are invited from candidates with or expecting a minimum of a UK upper second class honours degree (2:1), and/or a Master's degree in physics, astrophysics/astronomy, or (physical) chemistry.

If English is not your first language, you must provide evidence that you meet the University's minimum English Language requirements.

How to apply

Formal applications for research degree study should be made online through the university's website. Please state clearly in the research information section that the PhD you wish to be considered for is 'Probing the molecular composition of planet-forming regions with ALMA' as well as Dr Catherine Walsh as your proposed supervisor.

We welcome scholarship applications from all suitably-qualified candidates, but UK black and minority ethnic (BME) researchers are currently under-represented in our Postgraduate Research community, and we would therefore particularly encourage applications from UK BME candidates. All scholarships will be awarded on the basis of merit.

If you require any further information please contact the Graduate School Office, e: maps.pgr.admissions@leeds.ac.uk