Dark Matter and Cosmic Voids

Degree type

PhD

Closing date

7 March 2022

Campus

Hobart

Citizenship requirement

Domestic/International

About the research project

Dark matter constitutes most of the matter content of our Universe. Its nature is not known and is subject of extensive studies. This PhD project will focus on cosmological signatures of dark matter. The outcome of this project will feed in to the operation of the Vera Rubin Observatory and its the Legacy Survey of Space and Time (LSST). The facility is currently under construction and will be fully operational from 2023.

During this PhD project the student will investigate: methods of identifying voids that are applicable for the LSST; study dark matter interaction within cosmic voids; make prediction for observational signatures that LSST will be able to look for.

Primary Supervisor

Meet Dr Krzysztof Bolejko

Funding

Applicants will be considered for a Research Training Program (RTP) scholarship or Tasmania Graduate Research Scholarship (TGRS) which, if successful, provides:

  • a living allowance stipend of $28,854 per annum (2022 rate, indexed annually) for 3.5 years
  • a relocation allowance of up to $2,000
  • a tuition fees offset covering the cost of tuition fees for up to four years (domestic applicants only)

If successful, international applicants will receive a University of Tasmania Fees Offset for up to four years.

As part of the application process you may indicate if you do not wish to be considered for scholarship funding.

Eligibility

Applicants should review the Higher Degree by Research minimum entry requirements.

Selection Criteria

The project is competitively assessed and awarded.  Selection is based on academic merit and suitability to the project as determined by the College.

Application process

There is a three-step application process:

  1. Select the project, and check you meet the eligibility and selection criteria;
  2. Contact the Primary Supervisor, Dr Krzysztof Bolejko, to discuss your suitability and the projects requirements; and
  3. Click here to submit an application by the closing date listed above.
    • Copy and paste the title of the project from this advertisement into your application. If you don’t correctly do this your application may be rejected.
    • As part of your application you will be required to submit a covering letter, a CV including contact details of two referees and your project research proposal.

Following the application closing date applications will be assessed within the College. Applicants should expect to receive notification of the outcome by email.

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