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Part-time PhD bursary at UCLan - new date

26th May 2009

Modelling chemical evolution in Elliptical Galaxies and Spiral Bulges: UCLan is funding a number of Part-Time PhD places through the Arnoux bursary scheme. One of these is available within the Extragalactic Astrophysics group, in the subject area of understanding stellar populations in galaxies. The student will work at UCLan's main campus in Preston.

This project is aimed at learning about the relics left behind in low luminosity elliptical (LLE) galaxies in the universe today; finding out what their star formation histories are and testing these against model expectations in the early universe. Our observations of nearby LLE galaxies have revealed them to be sub-solar in their chemical abundance patterns, with apparently young average ages (Sansom & Northeast 2008). In contrast luminous ellipticals tend to harbour older stars and have chemical abundances that exceed solar, particularly in the elements formed by alpha particle capture. Since smaller galaxies may have been the building blocks for larger galaxies in the past, it is important to test this against the stellar population parameters of age and composition measured in these different galaxy types. The student will use code developed by the project supervisor (Dr. A.E. Sansom) at UCLan for chemical evolution modelling to probe the past histories of individual galaxies for which we have high signal-to-noise spectral observations. This work is suitable for a part-time student who is good at applying and modifying computer programs and who can attend and work within the Jeremiah Horrocks Institute for Astrophysics and Supercomputing at UCLan. The successful student will enjoy solving problems, testing outcomes and discussing their work with colleagues including the supervisory team. There will be opportunities for the student to visit and work with others including collaborators in the UK and abroad. If you are interested in applying for the above PT PhD position at UCLan then please contact Dr. Anne Sansom (Email: AESansom at UCLan), or phone the Graduate Research Office on +44 (0)1772 894287 for further information and an application form. The deadline for applications is 23 November 2009. See project RS0844 on the link below.

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