The PhD student will pursue a research program on planetary nebulae under the direction of Professor Quentin Parker and within the rapidly expanding Macquarie University (MQ) in Astronomy and Astrophysics group. Planetary nebulae, the extended shrouds of dying stars, are a fascinating, brief period in the life of most stars. They are unique celestial laboratories thanks to their rich emission line spectra and are amongst the most beautiful and mysterious of objects. Behind their beauty hides the mystery of how stars return carbon, one of life’s essential building blocks – to interstellar space. This project will constitute the next major breakthrough in understanding these processes and addresses several significant astrophysical problems in the field via unique Australian data and instrumentation. Specifically the student.
The MQ Astronomy group enjoys very close links with the Australian Astronomical Observatory (AAO) located nearby and the AAO is a partner institute on this proposal so the appointee would be expected to spend up to 1 third of their time at the AAO.
Initial inquiries should be directed to the principal supervisor, Professor Quentin Parker, email: [email protected], phone: 02 9850 8910
The 2010 MQRES full-time stipend rate is $22,500 pa tax exempt for 3.5 years.
Application deadline : 15 Aug 2010