Postdoctoral positions within the group are advertised in the fall each year on the AAS. Please feel free to send informal enquiries to Prof. Mark Gieles or Prof. Justin Read.

PhD places

We currently have at least two funded PhD places available within the group in the areas of “dark matter” and “galaxy formation & evolution with resolved stars”, with further projects available also in the areas of “star clusters”, “near-field cosmology” and “gravitational wave emission from merging black hole binaries”. For further information about these projects, please E-mail Prof. Justin Read (dark matter) or Dr. Noelia Noel (galaxy formation & evolution).

Applicants must have a masters degree or equivalent in physics, mathematics, astronomy or astrophysics at the time of start of the PhD. The posts are open to students of UK/EU nationality.

To apply, please fill in the online form here. Further information about PhD places in Surrey can be found here.

The deadline for applications is 24th February 2017. Following STFC guidelines, we expect offers to be made before the end of March 2017.

Personal Fellowships

We are keen to attract talented candidates on personal fellowships on topics that are synergetic with our ongoing work (i.e. star formation, collisional and Galactic dynamics, dark matter, galaxy formation and evolution, black holes, near field cosmology, outreach, visualisation, etc.). Below you can find details of the schemes that we have identified

  • Dorothy Hodgkin Fellowship | “This scheme offers you the opportunity to hold appointments on a part-time basis or convert from full-time to part-time and back again to help match work and other commitments, such as parental or caring responsibilities etc.” and is for people with less than 6 years of postdoctoral experience. | Duration: 5 years, Deadline: 12 January 2016
  • Branco Weiss Fellowship | If your project departs from the mainstream of research in your discipline and you are “keen on engaging in a dialogue across your particular discipline”, e.g. astronomy outreach and/or data visualisation. | Duration: 5 year, Deadline: 15 January 2016
  • Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851 | “Do you have 3 years or less post-doctoral research experience and want to conduct innovative research of your own instigation?” | Duration: 3 years, Deadline: 18 February 2016
  • Newton International Fellowship | Covers a broad range of physical, natural and social sciences and the humanities and is for non-UK citizens with less than 7 years of postdoctoral research experience. Duration: 2 years, Deadline: March 2016
  • Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions | Duration: 2 years, Deadline: September 2016
  • STFC Rutherford fellowship | Duration: 5 years, Deadline: September 2016
  • Royal Society University Research Fellowship | Duration: 5+3 years, Deadline: September 2016

We encourage interested candidates to contact us well in advance of the above deadlines.