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School of Physics and Astronomy

Jobs and Opportunities

PhD Opportunities

Applications for a funded PhD in Astronomy to start in 2021 are now closed, although students with external funding may apply at any time. The next round of applications will open in October with a deadline for STFC and QMUL funded studentships of 31 January 2022. Please take a look at our PhD project page, or get in touch with a member of staff to learn more about the research opportunities that are available.

Research Fellowship Opportunities

We welcome anybody interested in applying for a fellowship in the Astronomy Unit at Queen Mary to get in touch. Please contact Dr. Phil Bull or the academic staff member relevant to your proposed research and we'll be happy to discuss your options and the application procedures. There are often restrictions on who can apply for these fellowships and how many we can support, so please contact us well in advance of any deadlines.

Available fellowships include:

STFC Ernest Rutherford Fellowships: The next STFC submission deadline is likely to be in mid-September 2021 (TBC). Our internal application deadline will likely be in July 2021 (TBC); later applications are possible, but may not receive full consideration. If you are interested in applying for an ERF with QMUL as your host institution, please follow the following instructions, or contact Dr. Phil Bull with informal queries. Prospective candidates should submit a draft case for support, CV, and publication list to by date TBC. The draft case for support should follow the STFC guidelines (i.e., 4 pages maximum, Arial 11pt font), but does not have to be fully polished at this stage. The main things we are looking for are that you have a compelling, timely, and well-scoped research proposal, evidence of leadership ability, and a case for how your research connects to existing research themes at QMUL; see the Assessment Criteria section of the STFC guidelines for more details. Please contact us (the earlier the better) if you would like to discuss any details of the internal application process.

Royal Society University Research Fellowships: These tend to have a similar deadline to the ERF, but there are no limits on how many applications we can support (hence the internal selection process is much more straightforward). This year's deadline is date TBC. Please get in touch with us as soon as possible (ideally by the same deadline as for the ERF) if you are interested in applying for a URF with us in the coming cycle.

Other Fellowships: For any other fellowship that you are interested in applying for at QMUL, please contact us well in advance of the deadline to discuss your application.