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School of Physics and Astronomy

Jobs and Opportunities

PhD Opportunities

Applications for PhDs in Astronomy to start in 2020 are now clsoed (although students with external funding may apply at any time). The next application deadline for STFC and college studentships is likely to be the 31st of January 2021. 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.

Postdoctoral Fellowship Opportunities

We welcome anybody interested in applying for a fellowship in the Astronomy Unit at Queen Mary, and particularly encourage members of underrepresented groups in physics to apply. Please contact Dr. Phil Bull or the group member relevant to your proposed research and we'll be happy to discuss your options and the application procedures.

Available fellowships include:

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.

STFC Ernest Rutherford Fellowships: The next STFC submission deadline is in mid-September 2020, and the Astronomy Unit should be able to sponsor at least one applicant for the 2020 submission (and possibly two). Our internal application deadline this year is the 27th of July 2020; later applications are possible, but may not receive full consideration. We expect to confirm which proposals we can sponsor within 2-3 weeks from that date. If you are interested in applying for an ERF with QMUL as your host institution, please see below for more information about our internal selection processes and deadlines, or contact Dr. Phil Bull with informal queries.

How to apply: Prospective candidates should submit a draft case for support, CV, and publication list to by the end of Monday 27th July 2020. The draft case for support should ideally 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'd 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 on Thursday 3rd September 2020. Please get in touch with us as soon as possible (ideally by the same deadline as the ERFs) if you are interested in applying for a URF with us in the coming cycle.

UKRI Stephen Hawking Fellowships: We are likely to be able to support several applications for the new Stephen Hawking fellowships in theoretical physics. Please get in touch if you are interested in applying.