PHD positions available at the Milne Centre

We are pleased to announce two new PhD studentships within the University’s E.A. Milne Centre for Astrophysics, funded jointly by the University of Hull and the Konkoly Observatory of Budapest (Hungary).

The topics of these PhD studentships are the study of the production of the chemical elements within different types of stars and their observables, nuclear astrophysics, and the chemical evolution of galaxies, using advanced numerical simulations and modern computing technologies. The students will work with Dr. Maria Lugaro (Konkoly observatory) and Dr. Marco Pignatari (University of Hull), in close collaboration with the research teams at the two host institutes. They will become members of the international NuGrid collaborations, and NuGrid computational tools will be available for their research. Students will also benefit from the University of Hull associate status within the JINA-CEE framework .

The positions will be available from the beginning of September 2017, and are funded for 4-years. Costs are jointly covered by the University of Hull and the Konkoly observatory. The latter part inded within the ERC project RADIOSTAR, “Radioactivities from Stars to Solar Systems”, which aims to exploit radioactive nuclei produced by nuclear reactions inside stars and ejected by stellar winds and supernova explosions to fill the missing pieces of the puzzle of the origin of our Solar System. The students will spend 50% of the project time in each of the two institutes. Furthermore, the students will be engaged in the public outreach of the research done, and will represent their work and the host institutes at international conferences.

Candidates from UK and all EU countries are eligible to apply. Ideal candidates will already have a basic knowledge of Fortran and/or Python programming languages. Candidates would need to be keen to work in an interdisciplinary environment and interested in learning about relevant science topics and modern numerical simulations.

The deadline for applications is 5pm UK time on Friday June 30th 2017.  In order to apply for the two positions, please follow the link:


Dr Marco Pignatari, Physics Lecturer and Astrophysics Researcher, Contact:, +44 (0)1482 465105

Dr Maria Lugaro, Lendület Project Leader of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences and Adjunct Senior Research Fellow of the Monash Centre for Astrophysics, Contact:, +36 1 391 93 63

Prof Brad Gibson, Director of the E.A. Milne Centre for Astrophysics, Contact:, +44 (0)1482 465105