PhD Studentships, Department of Physics & Astronomy, University of Sussex, UK

PhD Studentship: Inertial sensors and lattices for Quantum Technology
A 3.5 year PhD position is available in in the Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics Group with Prof. Barry Garraway in the Department of Physics & Astronomy at the University of Sussex.

University of Sussex, UKThe position consists of current fees and a yearly stipend of £14296 which can be supplemented by tutoring. The position also includes an annual travel allowance. You should have a physics, electrical engineering or related degree.

The physics of ultra-cold atoms provides fantastic opportunities for the development of new ideas with applications such as new and more precise sensors in quantum technology. This theory project is expected to co-operate with experimental work: the PhD student will take a leading role in the development of techniques for the control of ultra-cold atoms. The work aims to make theoretical studies of quantum systems in topologies such as atoms in elongated traps, rings, lattices, shells and toroids. The work may have applications to interferometry, rotation sensing, accelerometers and quantum information processing.

The project will build on recent proposals to make microwave loop traps [1] and lattices [2] for ultra-cold atoms that may be used for model condensed matter simulations and quantum information processing on a grid. For a recent review of related work see [3]. The project is mostly theoretical, but there may be an opportunity for experimental work, too. The project will be connected to work in the UK Quantum Technology hub in sensors and metrology as the work in this project is highly relevant, as underpinning science, to the development of quantum technologies.

The University of Sussex is located a short distance from the city of Brighton and Hove. It is a vibrant seaside location, boasting beautiful views and a huge range of activities and attractions. The city has great transport links, and the area is surrounded by unique villages and the South Downs National Park.

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Walraven Scholarships, Leiden University, Netherlands

The Walraven scholarship is available for excellent, non-Dutch master’s students. The scholarships are intended for students who have a bachelor’s degree in astronomy or physics, and wish to obtain their master’s (MSc) degree in Astronomy and Instrumentation at Leiden University. Successful candidates must be of outstanding academic merit and in need of financial support.

Deadline
February 1 (for students planning to start in September)

Target group
Master

Countries/ nationalities
The Walraven scholarship is only available to non-Dutch students

Scholarship type
Study, Research

Faculty
Science

For who?
You must be a student with a bachelor’s degree (BSc or equivalent) in astronomy or physics with a desire to obtain your master’s (MSc) degree in Astronomy and Instrumentation at Leiden University.

Eligibility requirements

  • You must be a student with a non-Dutch nationality
  • You must have a bachelor’s degree (or equivalent) in astronomy or physics
  • Your previous study results should be of outstanding academic merit
  • You have no other financial support (e.g. scholarships, grants) for your master’s study

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John Fisher HPC Masters Scholarships, University of Edinburgh, UK

The School of Physics and Astronomy will offer up to four John Fisher HPC Masters scholarships for the 2017-2018 academic session.

University of Edinburgh

Award
Each scholarship will have a value of £4,750 and will be tenable for one academic year. The award of your scholarship will be deducted from your tuition fee.

Eligibility
All applicants, regardless of their nationalities, who have been accepted for admission to the MSc in High Performance Computing or the MSc in High Performance Computing with Data Science before the scholarship deadline are eligible to be considered.

Applicants must have, or expect to obtain, a UK first class or 2:1 Honours degree or its international equivalent.

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Erasmus Mundus Master Scholarships in Astronomy and Astrophysics, AstroMundus, Europe

AstroMundus is a 2-years Erasmus+: Erasmus Mundus Joint Masters Degree programme in Astronomy and Astrophysics (120 ECTS). The programme was initiated in 2009 as an Erasmus Mundus Masters Course and is now continuing within the framework of the new Erasmus+ programme of the European Union. The Masters Course is offered by a consortium of 5 partner universities in Austria, Italy, Germany, and Serbia, with the participation of 4 research institutions as associated partners in Italy, Serbia, and Germany.

The main objective of the programme is to provide top-ranked students with an excellent background in Astrophysics, to introduce them to the world of modern astrophysical research, and foster their future career in this field. At the same time, in the spirit of the Erasmus Mundus programmes, we promote cultural exchanges between non-European and European students and academics.

AstroMundus students carry out their master studies in at least 2 and up to four of these countries, in a stimulating and scientifically excellent international environment.

The official language of the course is English, but students are given the possibility to learn the languages of the host countries by attending language courses at the partner universities.

Successful students will be awarded a Joint Master Degree by all partner universities they have visited during the Master studies.

In addition they will obtain a Diploma Supplement to facilitate the recognition of their degree in other universities/countries.

At the end of each 2-years cycle of the Master Programme the best master thesis of the cycle will be awarded a prize.

The 2016 versions of the AstroMundus Brochure and Poster and the programme poster presented at the European Week of Astronomy and Space Science 2016 are available for download:

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Master Scholarships in High Performance Computing, University of Edinburgh, UK

The School of Physics and Astronomy offers up to four Master’s scholarships in High Performance Computing for the 2016-2017 academic session.

University of Edinburgh

Award
Each scholarship will have a value of £4,750 and will be tenable for one academic year. The award of your scholarship will be deducted from your tuition fee.

Eligibility
All applicants, regardless of their nationalities, who have been accepted for admission to the MSc in High Performance Computing or the MSc in High Performance Computing with Data Science before the scholarship deadline are eligible to be considered.

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Boustany Astronomy Scholarship, University of Cambridge, UK

University of Cambridge UKThe Boustany Astronomy Scholarship supports exceptional individuals wishing to pursue research that will advance scientific knowledge of space and the universe.

With history dating back to 1823, the Institute of Astronomy at Cambridge University is globally acknowledged as one of the world’s foremost institutes. Scholarship recipients become members of Pembroke College, the third oldest and one of the most highly regarded colleges.

The Boustany Astronomy PhD Scholarship is granted once every three years, for a PhD course at The Institute of Astronomy, Cambridge University.

The Scholarship offers the following:

  • All tuition and college fees
  • Travel and accommodation expenses related to the internship.

The next Scholarship will be awarded for the class commencing Autumn 2016.

Eligibility Criteria
The Scholarship is offered to an outstanding and highly-meriting candidate from all nationalities who must have an excellent academic background.

Candidates must also fulfil the admissions requirements of the Institute and show exceptional ability and promise.

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ASTRON / JIVE International Summer Student Programme, Netherlands

ASTRON/JIVE International Summer Students Programme 2016 The Netherlands Institute for Radio Astronomy (ASTRON) and the Joint Institute for VLBI ERIC (JIVE) announce the availability of a limited number of grants for their 2016 Summer Research Programme. The Programme enables astronomy students (graduate or advanced under-graduate) to spend the summer (10-12 weeks) at the institute in Dwingeloo in the Netherlands, conducting astronomical research under the supervision of ASTRON and JIVE staff members. Possible topics of study include radio galaxies and quasars, aspects of observational cosmology, continuum and line mission/ absorption from normal and starbust galaxies, faint radio sources, pulsar timing, pulsar searching, fast radio bursts, molecular clouds, cosmic magnetism, as well as algorithm development. The actual project the successful candidate will work on will be defined after arrangement with the local supervisor. The programme is not aimed at engineering or electronics students.

ASTRON operates the Low Frequency Array (LOFAR), a cutting-edge, low-frequency, multi-field aperture array telescope that is using transformational technologies and novel software approaches to explore the Universe between 10-240 MHz. ASTRON also operates the Westerbork Synthesis Radio Telescope (WSRT) which is equipped with the new APERTIF phased array feeds, greatly increasing the survey speed of the telescope. JIVE is the main data processor centre of the European VLBI Network (EVN) and is leading the development of real-time e-VLBI in Europe. For more information see the institutes’ websites.

The research grants will provide successful candidates with accommodation at the locality of the institute in Dwingeloo, a modest stipend for up to three months, and full travel reimbursement. We expect the participants to start early June 2016 to ensure overlap of the participants so they can fully benefit from the scheduled lectures and social activities.

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Excellence Master Fellowships, University of Geneva, Switzerland

The Faculty of science of the University of Geneva is an internationally top-ranked scientific institution covering a broad range of scientific disciplines: Astronomy, Biology, Chemistry and Biochemistry, Earth Sciences, Environmental Sciences, Computer Sciences, Mathematics, Pharmaceutical Sciences and Physics. It has a strong focus on research and hosts three National Centres of Competence in Research of the highly competitive Swiss National Science Foundation (Frontiers in Genetics; MaNEP; Chemical Biology) and many European collaborative research projects. The Masters of the Faculty of Science constitute an ideal entry for high-level professional and academic careers.

The Faculty of Science, in collaboration with several sponsors, has established an Excellence Fellowship Program to support outstanding and highly motivated candidates who intend to pursue a Master of Science in any of the disciplines covered by the Faculty. Admission criteria can be consulted on the relevant Master Web pages. French proficiency is not a formal requirement for the Masters of the Faculty of science.

Application for an Excellence Fellowship is open to students from any university with very good performance in their studies (belonging to the best 10% of their bachelor’s program) and that have completed the Bachelor degree or expect to complete it within 6 months. Selection of the applicants will be based on excellence. Evaluation will be made on the basis of the documentation sent by the applicants.

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Oort and NOVA Scholarships, Leiden University, Netherlands

The J.H. Oort and Nova Scholarship is for excellent, international (non-Dutch) MSc students. The scholarships are intended for students who have a BSc degree (or its equivalent) in astronomy or physics and wish to obtain their MSc degree in Astronomy (Research Track) at Leiden University.

Scholarship Amount
The scholarships are for one year, with renewal for a second year conditional on successful completion of the first year.

For a full scholarship the tuition fee will be reduced to the amount of the home fee and you will receive an allowance of up to €11,000 per year for living costs.

Partial scholarships may also be awarded.

Application process

  1. Apply for admission to the MSc program in astronomy through the online application system. Note that only applications that are complete before the deadline are guaranteed full consideration.
  2. Send a brief statement by email to masters@strw.leidenuniv.nl. The statement should include full contact information and should mention why the candidate satisfies the two conditions of a) outstanding academic merit and b) need for financial support.

Deadline: February 1, 2014

More information
J.H. Oort Scholarships in Astronomy
Email: masters@strw.leidenuniv.nl
Website: J.H.Oort and Nova Scholarships

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Astronomy & Astrophysics Scholarships, Australian National University, Australia

Australian National University ANUResearch School of Astronomy & Astrophysics Supplementary Scholarship
These scholarships are offered by the ANU College of Physical & Mathematical Sciences.

Field of study
Astronomy and Astrophysics

ANU location of study
Research School of Astronomy and Astrophysics

Value
A$5,000.00 (current rate) per annum tax free, in fortnightly payments

Duration
Three years full-time, with a possible six month extension

Eligible programs
PhD

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