PhD Position in Computer simulations of galaxies and star clusters

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)

6009 WA

Job Description

The University of Western Australia node of the International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research (ICRAR) invites applications for a PhD scholarship in computer simulations of galaxies and star clusters under the supervision of Prof. Kenji Bekki.

The successful PhD student will be involved in either (or both) of the following two projects (depending on the student's skill):  (i) new development of a simulation code for galaxy-scale chemical enrichment, dust physics, and various feedback effects (in particular, for very low-surface brightness galaxies, like ultra-diffuse galaxies, UDGs) and (ii) simulating the formation of massive star clusters in galaxies using star-by-star chemodynamical code (in particular for UDGs). In this project, the predicted properties of galaxies and star clusters will be compared with the corresponding observations.Therefore, this project would suit students who are interested in developing simulations codes and performing simulations of galaxies and star cluster using supercomputers in Australia (e.g., OzSTAR, SETONIX etc).

For further information regarding the project, please contact Porf. Kenji  Bekki;  [email protected]

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.

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.



Compensation and Benefits

Compensation Range
Included Benefits

Additional support for travel and computing

Compensation Notes


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 10th June.

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.
Publication Start Date
2024 May 08
Application Deadline
2024 Jun 10


Kenji Bekki