Victoria University of Wellington invites applications for the Intracluster Medium of Galaxy Clusters PhD Scholarship in New Zealand for the 2022/23 academic session.

A fully funded PhD scholarship is available to work with Dr Yvette Perrott at Victoria University of Wellington on research into the intracluster medium of galaxy clusters. The use of galaxy clusters as precision cosmological probes is currently limited. This limitation comes from the poor understanding of how the easily-observable gas component relates to the dark-matter-dominated total mass.

This observational and simulation-based project will involve investigating flexible yet robust methods for extracting cluster gas pressure profiles. This will be done from Sunyaev-Zel’dovich effect data using current and next-generation instruments. It also involves investigating ways of modelling non-thermal pressure and its connection to synchrotron radio emission.


Worth of Award

  • The successful applicant will receive a tax-free stipend of NZD $27,500 per year. S/he will also receive a payment of all university tuition fees and funding to attend international conferences (if possible).
  • The scholarship is to be awarded for a period of three years.


It is important to note that

  • The ideal candidate will have a strong background in astronomy and/or general physics.
  • Familiarity with radio astronomy, Bayesian statistics, and computational skills will also be an advantage, but not essential.

How to Apply 

To apply, please send a cover letter describing why you believe you are a good fit for this position, a CV (including your academic transcript), and the names of two academic referees to [email protected]

Deadline: Applications close at 4.30 pm (NZ time) on July 1, 2022. 


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