If you are interested in or know someone who is interested in studying transiting exoplanets and helping commission a new remote observatory, there is an exciting new PHD opportunity with the OU in “Timing studies of potential ARIEL targets”. The details can be found at the link below.Post grad study with the OU is a rewarding experience working with some of the finest researchers in their fields in an extremely engaging and supportive environment that I can highly recommend.
Actually I don’t have an academic background in astronomy and astrophysics but a keen interest for several years accumulating knowledge in various and broad aspects of astronomy. I have a masters in sustainable chemical engineering from Newcastle University, UK. Can I pursue a PHD in astronomy?
Got to say that looks fun, was seriously tempted, but I have too much going on despite (or perhaps because of) being now semiretired.
Would suggest that the project is best suited to someone who programs for fun, is familiar with Python (well beyond the “Hello World” stage), has had previous experience automating equipment control and has very good attention to detail.
When you think you have found all the ways a control program can fail, the real world has half a dozen more saved up for a rainy day.
If anyone is interested then I would not let age hold you back.
I am fortunate enough to have returned to university in my late forties to do a PhD in astronomy. While I have seen more years than most of my fellow PhD students, I’ve met plenty older than me who only started once they retired.