PhD Position in Computational Astrophysics

Job Summary

Pre-doctoral / Graduate Positions
University of Western Australia
International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research
Number of Positions Available
3 Years
Could the duration be extended?
Work Arrangement
In-Person Location(s)

Crawley WA

Job Description

The University of Western Australia (UWA) node of the International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research (ICRAR) invites applications for a PhD scholarship in computational Astrophysics under the supervision of A/Prof. Danail Obreschkow & A/Prof. Aaron Ludlow. 

The successful PhD student will use state-of-the-art numerical simulations to model and analyse the complex interplay between ordinary matter, such as stars, gas, and black holes, and the elusive dark matter in galactic centres. Possible themes include the physics of galactic bars, the formation of stellar bulges, the “cusp-core” problem and the related “diversity of rotation curves” problem, as well as the effect of feedback mechanisms on central mass distributions. The student will delve into a subset of these topics by running high-resolution controlled simulations of individual galaxies and by post-processing world-leading cosmological simulations that the supervisors have access to.

The diverse scientific environment at ICRAR will allow the student to work closely with many other theorists and radio/optical astronomers. Depending on the direction of the project, the student will have an opportunity to present at national and international conferences, as well as to spend some time overseas working alongside other simulation experts.

The project provides the student with an opportunity to advance the frontiers of our knowledge in extragalactic astrophysics. Moreover, it promises to equip the student with powerful skills applicable in academia and industry alike, including the proficient handling of big data, use of supercomputers, and effective scientific communication. Full funding for the scholarship is secured for 3 years at 35kpa, including an optional 6-month extension, as well as adequate support for travel and computing. For further information regarding the project, please contact A/Prof. Danail Obreschkow at [email protected] 

ICRAR is one of Australia’s top astronomical research institutes. Established in 2009 as a high profile equal joint venture between Curtin University and UWA, ICRAR is a leading organization in the international Square Kilometre Array project. ICRAR/UWA hosts a vibrant and friendly research environment where PhD students carry out cutting-edge projects in observational and theoretical astrophysics, often including work in "Big Data" methodologies and technologies. Situated on the Swan River, UWA is one of Australia’s most picturesque campuses. Its open courtyards, lush and verdant, are a place to study and relax, taking advantage of Perth’s beautiful climate.

Please see here for UWA english language requirements and general eligibility requirements (section 2)

Compensation and Benefits

Included Benefits

Additional support for travel and computing

Application Details

Application Instructions
Applicants are requested to send: i) a 1-page cover letter including their proposed project of interest, ii) a CV, iii) academic transcripts, iv) proof of English Language proficiency, and v) a copy of their masters or bachelor thesis, to [email protected] by Monday 6th May 2024.

Applicants are also requested to arrange for two reference letters to be sent directly to [email protected] by the deadline. Applicants should comply with the UWA's English language requirements and meet the general UWA eligibility requirements.
ICRAR/UWA is committed to equity and diversity, and encourages applications from women and underrepresented minorities.
If you have any specific questions regarding PhD applications at ICRAR/UWA or the selection process, please contact Dr Luke Davies at [email protected]
Publication Start Date
2024 Apr 10
Application Deadline
2024 May 06
Reference Code


A/Prof. Danail Obreschkow