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  • Computational & Theoretical Galaxy Formation


    Research Staff

    Research interests

    Rob Crain R.A.Crain galaxies (ADS)
    Andreea Font A.S.Font galaxies, Milky Way (ADS)
    Ian McCarthy I.G.McCarthy large-scale structure (ADS)

    Postdoctoral fellows (add to emails)
    Juliana Kwan J.Kwan large-scale structure
    Jaime Salcido J.SalcidoNegrete galaxies, large-scale structure

    Graduate students (add to emails)
    Alberto Acuto A.Acuto@2017. large-scale structure
    Shaun Brown S.T.Brown@2018. galaxies, large-scale structure
    Jonathan Davies J.J.Davies@2016. galaxies
    Alex Hill A.D.Hill@2017. galaxies
    Egidijus Kukstas E.Kukstas@2016. galaxies, large-scale structure
    Simon Pfeifer S.Pfeifer@2012. large-scale structure
    Robert Poole-McKenzie R.PooleMckenzie@2013. galaxies, Milky Way
    Sam Stafford S.Stafford@2014. large-scale structure
    Adrien Thob A.Thob@2015. galaxies

    PhD Positions

    We offer PhD projects in all of our research areas. We encourage potential applicants to contact individual staff members about projects.


    We have constructed our own cluster using five Dell PowerEdge r815 servers with 320 AMD opteron 2.5 GHz cores and 2.5 TB of RAM (combined), running Scientific Linux 6.4 and with Intel c and fortran compilers. There is a 10 Gbps ethernet connection between the servers.

    We use the cluster for analysing large volume simulations carried out on national HPC facilities and for running and analysing 'zoomed' simulations of disc galaxies, run primarily with the massively parallel cosmological simulation code Gadget-3.


    We have high-capacity storage servers, in the form of a Dell PowerVault M1200 with 48TB of direct-attached storage and two Teravault RS5600s and two Teravault RS6600 servers with 360TB (combined) of network-attached storage. The servers are linked to our compute cluster via a 10 Gbps ethernet connection.

    Our servers store the outputs (snapshots) and processed data products (movies, maps, catalogs, etc.) of our simulations, which can contain several billion resolution elements (particles) each.