PhD in Physics of Young Stars

We are offering an STFC-Funded PhD project at the University of Dundee. The successful candidate will join the Magnetohydrodynamics and Astrophysics group with research interests including stellar and planetary formation and evolution, solar physics, magnetohydrodynamics, and applied mathematics.

A topic may be chosen from within the following research areas:

Observational astrophysics of young stars, star formation and planet formation. This project involves analysis of time-domain and velocity-resolved data to gain information on the tiny scales of stellar radii and the innermost planet-forming regions of disks, which is not possible with direct imaging. You will gain skills in spectroscopy data analysis, Python programming, and statistics. Contact supervisor: Dr Aurora Sicilia-Aguilar (

Models of the evolution of stellar magnetism and coronae, including the solar-stellar connection. This project involves numerical modelling of high-energy stellar activity, from newly-born to solar-age stars, informed by the latest stellar magnetism and X-ray observations. You will gain skills in theoretical astrophysics, numerical modelling, and programming. Contact supervisors: Dr Scott Gregory ( and Dr Karen Meyer (

Applicants must have obtained, or expect to obtain, a UK honours degree at 2.1 or above (or equivalent for non-UK qualifications), and/or a Master’s degree in Physics, Astrophysics, or Mathematics. The position is funded for 3 years (with a possible extension to 3.5 years) by the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC). Candidates must be a UK national or have settled status. Start date is September 2021, although there is some flexibility to start in Autumn 2021.

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