Research opportunities exist in a range of areas of stellar physics and nuclear astrophysics, involving the evolution of stars, the nucleosynthesis of stars as well as the hydrodynamic processes of the deep interior of the late phases of stars. In our Compuational Stellar Astrophysics Group we have, together with our collaborators, over the past years developed several new, and highly competitive simulation codes that would be utilized in the available graduate research projects. Work would involve, for example, the nucleosynthesis and hydrodynamics of flash-burning in stars and the implications for the abundance signatures of the first generations of stars. The research would be embedded in an international framework, as for example provided by the NuGrid collaboration and the Joint Institute for Nuclear Astrophysics.
The Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Victoria is the friendly home to approximately 70 graduate students (20-25 of them in astronomy and astrophysics). Eight faculty members and senior researchers conduct a broad mix of research in stellar astronomy and astrophysics, extra-galactic astronomy and cosmology, both observational and theoretical. There are active links to the researchers at HIA with interests in planets, star formation and instrumentation. We are building up closer ties to TRIUMF with their large experimental program in nuclear astrophysics and we are collaborating with the Joint Institute for Nuclear Astrophysics. Research projects in theoretical stellar physics that link to any of these areas are especially encouraged.
Students that are admitted to the graduate program will receive a funding package according to the
departmental guidelines. Details for the
application procedure can be
found here. To learn more about these openings
prospective applicants are encouraged to
contact Dr Falk Herwig.
Post-doctoral funding options include the following: