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PhD Opportunity at Maynooth University Department of Theoretical Physics

Jan 24, 2023

The Department of Theoretical Physics at Maynooth University invites applications for a PhD in Theoretical Astrophysics starting in September 2023. The successful applicant will work in the group led by Dr. John Regan.

Project Outline and Context
The successful candidate will work on a project examining the formation processes of massive black holes in the early Universe. Massive black holes populate the centres of all massive galaxies and are now also observed in both the centres and in off-centre locations in less massive dwarf galaxies.
However, the origin and evolution of massive black holes remains elusive. In this project the successful candidate will work on a project combining the state-of-the-art EnzoE code with advanced machine learning techniques to track the evolution of massive black holes in the first billion years of the Universe. The goal will be to understand both the population demographics  and observational signatures of massive black holes in the early Universe.

Application Procedure
All applications should be sent to john.regan(at) The application should consist of a CV (max 2 pages), personal statement (max 2 pages), 2 letters of reference and exam transcripts. Applicants must have achieved at least 2.1 honours degree in Physics, Mathematics or a related discipline. The application deadline is January 31st at 18.00. Following the deadline a short list of applicants will be created and shortlisted applicants invited for interview in early - mid February. The outcome of the recruitment process is expected to be completed by late February.

Fees & Stipends
All fees for up to four years are covered by the PhD scholarship. In addition to this a PhD stipend of €18,500 per year (for a maximum of four years) is offered as well as research expenses of €2000 per year. It should also be noted that PhD stipends are currently being reviewed by the Department of Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science with the results of that review out in Q1 2023. Any increase recommended by that review process will be enacted for this scholarship.

Further Information
For further information on the project please contact john.regan(at) with any questions or clarifications required