Astronomy & Astrophysics Research on Active Galaxies and Cosmic Surveys

Professor Brandt's interests largely focus on observational studies of supermassive black holes (SMBHs) and cosmological X-ray surveys. Specific objects investigated include actively accreting SMBHs (i.e., active galactic nuclei: AGNs), starburst galaxies, and normal galaxies. The work utilizes data from facilities at the forefront of astrophysical discovery, including the Chandra X-ray Observatory, the XMM-Newton satellite, the NuSTAR satellite, and the Hubble Space Telescope.

For further details, I would suggest you watch the following YouTube videos: (Weak-Line Quasars) (XMM-SERVS) (Durham talk) (Heidelberg RLQs) (CXC Transients) (EWASS LSST) (IAU Surveys) (Review #1) (Review #2)

University Park
Work Setting(s): 
On campus, Remote, Variable
Physical Sciences
Description of undergraduate’s responsibilities: 

Analysis and interpretation of data from X-ray satellites and other facilities on active galaxies and cosmic surveys.

Minimum Expectations: 

For success, students will need the following: solid understanding of astronomy and physics, a strong work ethic, knowlege of practically useful statistics, computer programming skills, good writing and communication skills in English, good organizational skills, good attention to detail, and good ability to work collaboratively with others in a team.

Position Type(s): 
Credit, Paid, Variable
Astronomy, Astrophysics, Active Galaxies, Cosmic Surveys
Posting Date: 
Friday, September 17, 2021
Last Updated: 
September 17, 2021
How to Contact: 

My email is When contacting me, please send your CV and list of classes (with grades) - these should address my "minimum expectations" listed above.