Two PhD positions now available with UCD Physics in the framework of a Science Foundation Ireland SIRG award. Each studentship is for 3 years, with a potential extension for 1 extra year. The two PhD projects are based at the School of Physics, University College Dublin. They are in the field of biophysics and are focused on the interaction of biosystems (like proteins and biomembranes) with a new class of organic salts known as Room-Temperature Ionic Liquids(RTIL). This is a new and promising field of studies that offers a good balance of challenges andfuture job opportunities, both in Academia and in Industry.
Black holes are some of the most mysterious objects in the Universe, and also some of the hardest to observe. An international collaboration of astronomers, including Dr. Morgan Fraser from UCD, recently observed a flare at the centre of a distant galaxy. This flare resulted from an unlucky star falling into a supermassive black hole, and being torn apart by the immense gravitational field in a "Tidal Disruption Event". The flare, which at it's brightest was more than 1000 billion times more luminous than the Sun, was observed with the Hubble Space Telescope, and at the European Southern Observatory in Chile.
The UCD School of Physics invites prospective students, teachers, parents and guardians to our Open Evening on Tuesday, the 8th of November in the Science Centre, UCD. The evening begins at 6pm.