For university students
The Armagh Observatory (see http://star.arm.ac.uk/) is a modern astronomical research institute and the oldest scientific institution in Northern Ireland. Founded by Archbishop Richard Robinson in 1789, it stands close to the centre of the City of Armagh together with the Armagh Planetarium in approximately 14 acres of attractive, landscaped grounds known as the Armagh Astropark. The Observatory Demesne, Grounds and Astropark include scale models of the Solar System and the Universe, two sundials and two historic telescopes, as well as telescope domes and other outdoor exhibits (see http://star.arm.ac.uk/astropark/). A new public outreach facility, the Human Orrery (see http://star.arm.ac.uk/orrery), is located close to the historic main building of the modern Observatory.
There is currently a fluctuating population of around 30 research staff, including students and short-term visitors, with principal research interests focusing on four main areas of astronomy, namely:
In addition, Observatory staff participate in a vibrant astronomy education and public outreach programme via lectures, popular astronomy articles and interviews with the press, radio and television. Further details concerning recent and current research interests of Armagh Observatory staff may be obtained from the Observatory website, at http://star.arm.ac.uk/.
For further information and full details of the application process for specific research projects please visit the Observatory's website http://star.arm.ac.uk/phd/phd/.