PhD position in the numerical study of galaxy evolution

Ghent University


PhD position in the numerical study of galaxy evolution

Last application date
Mar 15, 2019 23:59

WE05 - Department of Physics and astronomy

Limited duration

Master degree in Physics, Astronomy, Mathematics, Informatics or equivalent

Occupancy rate

Vacancy Type
Research staff


Job description

The Department of Physics & Astronomy of Ghent University and the School of Physics & Astronomy of the University of St Andrews (UK) are offering a PhD position in the framework of the FWO research project “Radiation-hydrodynamics simulations of dwarf galaxies with Shadowfax+CMacIonize”. The PhD scholarship is fully funded for four years, starting as soon as May 1, 2019 and no later than October 1, 2019. The successful applicant will be based in Gent, supervised by Prof. De Rijcke, and will make regular working visits to Dr. Vandenbroucke and Dr. Wood at St Andrews.


The project aims at extending the capabilities of the novel moving-mesh radiation hydrodynamics code Shadowfax+CMacIonize (, and to use it for realistic, high-resolution simulations of the quenching of star formation in dwarf galaxy satellites of the Milky Way. These simulations will provide a reliable estimate of the UV photon escape fraction from dwarfs and its dependence on galaxy mass, time, star-formation rate, ISM substructure, ... and its cosmic variance.


Profile of the candidate

  • Applicants preferably hold a Master’s degree in Physics, Astronomy, Mathematics, Informatics, or equivalent.

  • The eligibility requirements of Ghent University must be met.

  • The ideal candidate is a communicative team-player with an international outlook and has a keen interest in the physical processes that drive galaxy evolution and in how to translate these into high-quality computer code. The candidate will be expected to finalize the development of Shadowfax+CMacIonize and to use the code for realistic, high-resolution numerical simulations of dwarf galaxy evolution.

  • Prior experience with (parallelized C++) programming is recommended. The PhD candidate is expected to dissipate the project’s results in scientific peer-reviewed journal papers, conference presentations, and a PhD dissertation, as well as through communications to the larger non-specialist audience.

  • Due to the international character of this project, the applicant must be willing to spend several weeks abroad within the framework of research mobility.

  • She/he will be encouraged to strengthen their academic background and competences.


How to apply

The PhD scholarship runs over a period of 48 months. General information on requirements, modalities, and salaries can be found on the UGent website (


Applicants should send their motivation letter, CV (including a grade list and a copy of your diploma if you already have it), and the contact details of at least two referees.


The application deadline is March 15, 2019 (23:59 Belgian time). Ghent University is an equal opportunity employer and encourages everyone to apply. For more information, you can always contact us at and

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