Astronomy at Durham

Durham Astronomy Research Cluster

Durham University is one of the UK's leading centres for astronomical research with world-class groups working in a wide range of fields covering the observational, theoretical and instrumentation aspects of astronomy.

Postdoctoral positions in extragalactic astronomy and cosmology
We invite applications for postdoctoral positions within the broad area of extragalactic astronomy and cosmology at Durham University. We currently have several open postdoctoral positions, including:
Galactic Astronomy / Near-Field cosmology [STFC/Leverhulme Trust funded] The successful candidate will use observational data and/or cosmological simulations to study the Milky Way halo. Contact Dr. Alis Deason for more details.

Dark matter; galaxy formation; Galactic dynamics; cosmological simulations; strong gravitational lensing. Funded by the ERC. Contact Prof. Carlos Frenk.
We also anticipate other positions becoming available before the application deadline. Please submit all application documents to the Academic Jobs Online website. To ensure full consideration complete applications, including references, need to be received by 14th December 2020.
Funded PhD studentships positions in Extragalactic Astronomy and Cosmology
We invite applications for PhD positions within the broad area of extragalactic astronomy and cosmology at Durham University. We expect to have 6 funded STFC PhD positions and one FLF-supported studentship. In addition, there are opportunities to be nominated for CSC, DDS and Bell Burnell Graduate Scholarships, as well as other scholarships.

More information: Postgraduate opportunities, PhD booklet 2021 (pdf)

Application deadlines:
Mid-December 2020 (CSC/DDS/Bell Burnell, as nomination deadline is January 6th 2021)
Friday January 22nd 2021 (STFC/FLF studentships)
Note: University is closed from Friday December 18th 2020 to Monday January 4th 2021, and as such application submitted during that period might not be received by academic staff until after January 4th 2021.

Durham is ranked joint sixth globally for the number of highly cited researchers in Space Science (which covers research into astronomy and astrophysics), according to the Clarivate Analytics Highly Cited Researchers 2018 list.

There are 28 academic staff across the combined astronomy groups, with over 100 postdocs, postgraduate students and support and technical staff involved in astronomy research. The Durham Astronomy Research Cluster hosts the following groups:
In November 2016, the three main astronomy groups in the Department of Physics, the Centre for Advanced Instrumentation, the Centre for Extragalactic Astronomy and the Institute for Computational Cosmology, moved into the brand new Ogden Centre for Fundamental Physics building, designed by the world renowned Studio Daniel Libeskind.

Contact Details

Department of Physics,
Durham University,
South Road,
Durham DH1 3LE
Tel: 44 (0)191 3343635