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Stars in the most massive galaxies in the Universe are thought to have formed a long-time ago but we have observed young stars! In this PhD you will use the ground-breaking SAMI survey to finally discover the origin of the gas the young stars form from. The movement of gas in and out of galaxies is still an open question and this project will use innovative methods to answer the question of whether the gas is brought in from other galaxies or from the dark matter halo. This will provide crucial feedback to simulations.
The ideal HDR will have studied at least astrophysics course at undergraduate or masters level, including at least 1 research project. They will have some experience with software coding, preferably with python.