Postdoctoral Researcher Opportunity
BHOLE Project

SUPERVISOR/HOST INSTITUTION: Qingjuan Yu (Kavli Institute for Astron. and Astrophys., PKU)

PROJECT TITLE: Formation and evolution of massive black holes

PROJECT DESCRIPTION: We are in an epoch to understand the formation and evolution of massive black holes in a statistical way and in the cosmological context. This project is to analytically and numerically investigate the luminosity and accretion evolution of individual AGNs/quasars, the nuclear activity triggering history, evolution of massive binary black holes, relations of the evolution of massive black holes and their host galaxies etc., by using the observational properties of AGNs/quasars and galaxies from the nearby universe to the reionization epoch and beyond.

PROJECT REQUIREMENTS: General knowledge of AGNs/quasars, extragalactic astronomy, and cosmology; expertise in numerical techniques, analytical and semi-analytical techniques.


1. Cui, X., & Yu, Q. 2014, MNRAS, 437, 777: Orbital Orientation Evolution of Massive Binary Black Holes at the Centres of Non-spherical Galaxies
2. Yu, Q., Lu, Y., Mohayaee, R., & Colin, J. 2011, ApJ, 738, 92: The Low Frequency of Dual Active Galactic Nuclei versus the High Merger Rate of Galaxies: A Phenomenological Model
3. Yu, Q., & Lu, Y. 2008, ApJ, 689, 732: Toward precise constraints on growth of massive black holes
4. Yu, Q., Lu, Y., & Kauffmann, G. 2005, ApJ, 634, 901: Evolution of accretion disks around massive black holes: constraints from the demography of active galactic nuclei
5. Yu, Q., & Tremaine, S. 2002, MNRAS, 335, 965: Observational constraints on growth of massive black holes
6. Yu, Q. 2002, MNRAS, 331, 935: Evolution of massive binary black holes