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Call for applications to doctoral program 2020A in UST-KASI

2019-08-07

Korea Astronomy and Space Science Institute (KASI) via the University of Science and Technology (UST) is offering doctoral scholarships (direct and integrated) starting from March 2020 (for more info, see  https://www.ust.ac.kr/astros_eng.do).  PhD scholarships are provided with a competitive salary of about $1500 per month. KASI is located in Daejeon, a high tech, educational and research oriented city. Convenient accommodation would be provided to students for the first 3 years in the campus.


KASI is actively involved in various fields of astronomy and astrophysics, from astronomical instrumentation to observation and theory, and participates in international collaborative and stand-alone projects including GMT, ALMA, SDSS4, DESI, LSST, KMTNet, and KVN. This semester KASI is accepting applications for the following research areas:


  •  Cosmology  I  (supervisor:  Prof.  Arman Shafieloo,  shafieloo@kasi.re.kr)

  •  Cosmology  II (supervisor:  Prof.  David Parkinson,  davidparkinson@kasi.re.kr

  •  Theoretical Astrophysics (supervisor: Prof. Thiem Hoang, thiemhoang@kasi.re.kr)


and for the detailed description of the specific research topics, see the list attached or in our major homepage  (https://www.ust.ac.kr/astros_eng.do).


We encourage qualified international students to apply. Competent students with BSc degrees can apply for an integrated PhD program. Students with MSc degrees may apply directly to the PhD program.


Questions on each research area should be sent to each assigned professor, while other questions are sent to the Chief Major Professor (Sang-Sung Lee, sslee@kasi.re.kr).  For more information of application, also see the UST web page  (https://ust.ac.kr/admission_eng.do).  Applications are considered only if they are submitted during August 19 to September 20 (17:00 KST).


Best regards,

 Sang-Sung Lee 

Chief  Major  Professor


1. Prof.  Arman Shafieloo  (shafieloo@kasi.re.kr)

In cosmology group we are looking for a strong, competent and enthusiastic PhD candidates in order to train them at a competitive level internationally and making them prepared for the near future and next generation of the cosmological surveys. A successful candidate will become officially involved with SDSS-IV (Sloan Digital Sky Survey, Stage 4), DESI (Dark Energy Spectroscopic Instrument) and LSST (Large SynopticSurvey Telescope) surveys and the project will include studying and performing research on different aspects of physical cosmology such as testing early universe scenarios and reconstruction of the growth and expansion history of the universe using large scale structure data. Developing advanced statistical methods of data analysis (data mining, machine learning, regression approaches) and preparation to deal with future big data will be a major part of the research during the PhD project or integrated-PhD.


2. Prof.  David Parkinson (davidparkinson@kasi.re.kr)

In the cosmology group we are looking for enthusiastic and competent PhD candidates to undertake research in the area of cosmological and theoretical astrophysics. The next generation of large-area astronomical surveys will provide new and accurate data for answering such important questions as “what is the nature of the mysterious dark energy?” and “what were the initial conditions of the Universe?” A successful candidate will have the opportunity to become involved in two of these surveys, DESI (Dark Energy Spectroscopic Instrument) in the optical, and EMU (the Evolutionary Map of the Universe) in the radio. The project will involve analysing data from these surveys and testing these cosmological models (such as dark energy theories and alternative models of gravity) against this data. The project will also involve developing advanced statistical methods of data analysis (such as Bayesian methods, and machine learning approaches), providing training in the area of big data analysis, which will be useful both inside astrophysics and external industrial sectors.



3. Prof.  Thiem Hoang (thiemhoang@kasi.re.kr)

Project Title: Theoretical and Computational Astrophysics

Program: Integrated – Ph.D.

We are looking for outstanding and strongly motivated candidates for an integrated-Ph.D. or Ph.D. position in Theoretical Astrophysics group under supervision of Prof. Thiem Hoang. The successful candidate will be part of an international team to research on the interaction of cosmic explosions, including supernovae, kilonova, and gamma-ray burst afterglows, with their surrounding environments. The candidate will work on the formulation of new theory for extremely powerful radiation-dust interaction, development of numerical tools, and application to interpret multi-wavelength observational data of dust extinction, emission, and polarization of cosmic transients provided by upcoming unprecedented powerful telescopes such as GMT, LSST, and WFIRST. An important goal of this project is to clarify the effects of cosmic transients onto the physical and chemical properties of the surrounding environments and use observational data to probe the extragalactic environments which are inaccessible with other tracers. Students will be trained to master a wide range of research skills, including analytical and theoretical ability, numerical modeling and computational simulations.