Dear prospective graduate student:

The astrophysics faculty in the Rutgers Department of Physics and Astronomy welcome your interest in our Ph.D. program! We are an energetic, friendly, close-knit group of theorists and multiwavelength observers whose interests include cosmology, dark matter, dark energy, galaxy formation and evolution, galaxy dynamics, supernovae, gravitational lensing, and time-domain astronomy. Rutgers has a ~10% share of observing time on the Southern African Large Telescope (SALT), is a member of the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST) collaboration, and has invested significant resources in a new high-performance computing initiative.

We invite you to learn about the (inter)national and university honors our faculty have won for research and teaching, the requirements of our graduate program (a combination of coursework and a research-focused candidacy exam), our recent research results as reflected in our refereed publications, and a view from our current and former students. Our main web page is here, and a statement of our commitment to building a safe and inclusive community is here; you are welcome to email one of our graduate recruiting committee representatives (at mbuckley[at]physics.rutgers.edu or matilsky[at]physics.rutgers.edu) if you have any questions.

If you like what you see, we encourage you to submit your application here (following these guidelines) before the January 1, 2018 deadline!

Sincerely yours,

Andrew Baker, Professor
radio astronomy; molecular and atomic gas in galaxies; galaxy evolution
Alyson Brooks, Assistant Professor
galaxy formation and evolution; galactic structure; cosmological N-body+SPH simulations of galaxies
Matt Buckley, Assistant Professor
dark matter; beyond-standard-model physics; Large Hadron Collider phenomenology
Eric Gawiser, Professor
galaxy formation; dark matter; dark energy; multiwavelength galaxy surveys
Jack Hughes, Distinguished Professor
X-ray astrophysics; galaxy clusters; supernova remnants
Saurabh Jha, Professor
dark energy; supernovae; time-domain astronomy
Chuck Keeton, Professor
dark matter; gravitational lensing
Tad Pryor, Professor
structure and evolution of star clusters; dark matter content and proper motions of Local Group dwarf galaxies
Rachel Somerville, Distinguished Professor & Downsbrough Chair in Astrophysics
theoretical models of galaxy formation and evolution; supermassive black holes; large-scale structure

Last edited July 1, 2017.