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Probing the molecular composition of planet-forming regions with ALMA

PGR-P-442

Key facts

Type of research degree
PhD
Application deadline
Ongoing deadline
Project start date
Thursday 1 October 2020
Country eligibility
International (open to all nationalities, including the UK)
Funding
Competition funded
Source of funding
Other
Supervisors
Dr Catherine Walsh
Schools
School of Physics and Astronomy
Research groups/institutes
Astrophysics
<h2 class="heading hide-accessible">Summary</h2>

The Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) is a telescope in Chile that observes the universe at millimeter wavelengths. ALMA has the resolution and sensitivity to observe emission from cold dust and molecular gas on planet-forming scales. This allows us to probe the planet-building environment around nearby stars on size scales similar to the Solar System. This project will involve data analysis and chemical modelling support for a current ALMA Large Program (130 hours) titled &ldquo;Molecules with ALMA on Planet-forming Scales&quot; or MAPS. These data are currently being collected with all data expected to be delivered in advance of the commencement of this project. This project would be particularly suited to a candidate interested in conducting a computational project in astrochemistry and planet formation, and who would enjoy the challenge of working with state-of-the-art observational data from ALMA.

<h2 class="heading">How to apply</h2>

<p>Formal applications for research degree study should be made online through the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.leeds.ac.uk/rsa/prospective_students/apply/I_want_to_apply.html">University&#39;s website</a>. Please state clearly in the research information section&nbsp;that the research degree you wish to be considered for is &lsquo;Probing the molecular composition of planet-forming regions with ALMA&rsquo; as well as&nbsp;<a href="https://eps.leeds.ac.uk/physics/staff/4137/dr-catherine-walsh">Dr Catherine Walsh</a>&nbsp;as your proposed supervisor.</p> <p>If English is not your first language, you must provide evidence that you meet the University&#39;s minimum English language requirements (below).</p> <p><em>We welcome 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.</em></p>

<h2 class="heading heading--sm">Entry requirements</h2>

Applicants to research degree programmes should normally have at least a first class or an upper second class British Bachelors Honours degree (or equivalent) in an appropriate discipline. The criteria for entry for some research degrees may be higher, for example, several faculties, also require a Masters degree. Applicants are advised to check with the relevant School prior to making an application. Applicants who are uncertain about the requirements for a particular research degree are advised to contact the School or Graduate School prior to making an application.

<h2 class="heading heading--sm">English language requirements</h2>

The minimum English language entry requirement for research postgraduate research study is an IELTS of 6.0 overall with at least 5.5 in each component (reading, writing, listening and speaking) or equivalent. The test must be dated within two years of the start date of the course in order to be valid. Some schools and faculties have a higher requirement.

<h2 class="heading">Contact details</h2>

<p>Please contact Doctoral College Admissions by email:&nbsp;&nbsp;<a href="mailto:maps.pgr.admissions@leeds.ac.uk">maps.pgr.admissions@leeds.ac.uk</a>&nbsp;or by telephone:&nbsp; + (0) 44 113 343 5057.</p> <p>For further information regarding the project, please contact&nbsp;Dr Catherine Walsh<br /> e:&nbsp;<a href="mailto:EMAIL@leeds.ac.uk">c.walsh1@leeds.ac.uk</a>, t: +44 (0)113 343 30958</p>


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