Opportunities at PPRC
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Call for Fellowship Candidates
The Particle Physics Research Centre (PPRC) at Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) is looking for outstanding candidates eligible to apply apply for various fellowship schemes, including STFC Ernest Rutherford Fellowship and Royal Society Fellowships. if you are an early stage post-doctoral researcher and have a compelling research proposal matched to the strengths of the PPRC research activity, contact us to discuss an application.
PPRC is actively involved in the ATLAS experiment at CERN with leading contributions to Higgs physics (bb, tautau, mumu and di-Higgs), precision Standard Model and Electroweak physics, rare B decays and flavour anomalies, dark matter searches, the Level-1 Calorimeter trigger, and the ATLAS ITk upgrade. More information about our group can be found at
Applicants for EU fellowships including Marie Skłodowska-Curie fellowships, ERC Starter and Consolidator grants are also welcome. The UK currently remains fully eligible for all EU funding schemes. We anticipate continued access to these funding schemes throughout any agreed Implementation Period of the UK's withdrawal from the EU, and this rapidly evolving situation will be closely watched.
Candidates should have 2-10 years (taking account of career breaks) post-doctoral experience in high energy particle physics, and be able to demonstrate research leadership and excellence. To be considered for the fellowship applications please contact us with the following information:
* draft research proposal (2 sides A4)
* list of your best 6 publications
Your 6 publications should each be accompanied by a short description of your direct involvement.
Applications should be sent to Prof Jon Hays (firstname.lastname@example.org). Selected applicants will be matched to fellowships schemes depending on eligibility criteria. Individuals will be paired with an academic from our group to work with and provide detailed guidance in preparing the final application to the funding agency.
Available Ph.D positions
Please refer to the PhD programme page
Training opportunities for students at CERN
QMUL undergraduate students can apply for training periods at CERN.
Funding Opportunities for Post-doctoral Research
There are a number of sources of funding for Post-doctoral Fellowships. The group welcomes exceptional candidates who manage to secure funding through such sources. If you are interested in applying to any of the schemes detailed below we can offer help and guidance with the application process - please contact the academic you wish to work with. Please note that the information on this page is to give an idea of possible schemes but please look at the linked pages for the most up to date criteria and timeline for each scheme.
A summary of the main criteria for each available scheme are detailed below along with indicative closing dates. Please note that the criteria, availability and closing dates change from year to year so please refer to the specific website for each scheme.
Royal Society Fellowships (email us for internal deadlines)
The Royal Society offers a number of prestigious Fellowships under three different programmes:
- Royal Society University Research Fellowships, which are tenable for 5 years and renewable in two instalments up to 10 years. These are mainly for outstanding researchers at an advanced post-doctoral level.
- Dorothy Hodgkin Fellowships, mainly designed for people who need flexible working patterns due to personal commitments. These are tenable for 4 years.
- Newton International Fellowships, 2-year fellowships for non-UK outstanding researchers at an early stage of their career.
European Commission Fellowships (email us for internal deadlines)
The European Union offers a number of prestigious Fellowships under the Horizon 2020 programme, specifically:
- ERC Starting grants, 5-year positions for researcher leaders with 2-7 years of postdoctoral experience who wish to start or consolidate their research.
- ERC Consolidator grants, 5-year positions for established researchers with 7-12 years of postdoctoral experience.
- Marie Skłodowska-Curie individual fellowships, 2-year positions for junior researchers.
STFC Ernest Rutherford Fellowships (email us for internal deadlines)
The STFC award a small number of 5-year Ernest Rutherford Fellowships: STFC Ernest Rutherford Fellowships.
These awards are very competitive and we can only put forward 1-2 applicants per round, which are decided as per the deadlines above.
Other funding opportunities supported by the STFC can be found at the link: STFC Fellowships.
Leverhulme Grant schemes
There are a number of grant schemes offered by the Leverhulme Trust. The general description of the available schemes can be found here. Of particular interests are the following fellowships:
- Early Career Fellowships Around 70 fellowships available but across all disciplines. Degree from UK HE institution, or academic position in UK. Under 35. Hold PhD (or submitted it by closing date)
- Research Fellowships
Other Funding Opportunities
There are other opportunities for post-doctoral research funding at Queen Mary. These include:
- Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851 Fellowships, 3-year fellowships, for early career researchers; subject to annual renewal.
- L'Oréal Women In Science Awards: Around 4 UK and Ireland Fellowships awarded per year to outstanding women scientists in the early stages of their career to enable and/or facilitate promising scientific research. Support a 12-month period of postdoctoral research in any area of the life or physical sciences. The value of each fellowship is ~£15,000. Candidates must have no more than 10 years active full-time equivalent postdoctoral experience. Candidates must not currently hold a permanent academic post.
- Boncompagni-Ludovisi Fellowships, for italian or swedish researchers.
- Della Riccia Fellowships, for italian citizens.