Star clusters as probes of stellar evolution

Star clusters as probes of stellar evolution

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Opening Date

01 Jan 2020 12am AEDT 

Closing Date

30 Jun 2020 11pm AEST 

Scholarship available to



The Centre for Astronomy, Astrophysics and Astrophotonics at Macquarie University (MQAAAstro) invites Expressions of Interest from suitably qualified domestic students to complete their PhD in astronomy and astrophysics under the joint supervision of Prof. Richard de Grijs and Dr. Devika Kamath.

Star clusters are ideal probes to test theories of stellar evolution, because they contain stars of similar age, composition and mass. Using a suite of multi-wavelength observations of star clusters and state-of-the-art theoretical stellar and nucleosynthesis models, this project aims to address gaps in our current understanding of the physical and nucleosynthetic processes that govern the evolution of stars and the production of their elements. The observational data set includes multi-wavelength spectroscopic observations from all-sky surveys such as GALAH, APOGEE, and other ground-based facilities such as those undertaken with the European Southern Observatory’s Very Large Telescope; astrometric data from the Gaia satellite; and photometric measurements.

This project will involve collaborations with leading Australian and international research teams. The successful candidate will have ample opportunities to establish a strong network of international collaborators.

MQAAAstro is one of the largest and fastest-growing astronomical centres of research excellence in Australia, committed to investing in the next generation of researchers. At MQAAAstro we offer a uniquely wide range of opportunities for collaborations in observational astronomy, theoretical astrophysics, astrophotonics, instrumentation, and education. MQAAAstro has about 70 members, including teaching and research staff, postdoctoral research fellows, postgraduate students, research associates and honorary associates. Macquarie University has recently acquired the lead node of the new Australian Astronomical Optics (AAO-MQ) whose staff are engaged in astronomical instrumentation design and construction as well as astronomical research. We are also located in close proximity to CSIRO Astronomy & Space Science (CASS).


This scholarship is available to eligible candidates to undertake a direct entry 3-year PhD program.

Scholarship Components

The scholarship is comprised of a Tuition Fee Offset and a Living Allowance Stipend. The value and tenure of the scholarship is a “MQRES” full-time stipend rate of $28,092 per annum (in 2020 tax exempt for up to 3 years - indexed annually).

Contact Details

Name: Richard de Grijs
Phone: 02 9850 8317

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