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.

RAS Biographical memoir of Sir Arnold Wolfendale
Ernest Rutherford Fellowship Applications 2023/24
We welcome applications for STFC Ernest Rutherford Fellowships. There are quota limits on ERF applications and so we require all applicants to submit
  • a 1 page description of the proposed ERF project
  • a brief additional paragraph on why Durham and how the project connects to Durham
  • the name of their academic host at Durham (ideally clearly listed at the top of the case) - you should have identified and contacted a member of staff to be your academic host to support you in the preparation of your application
  • a publication list
  • a filled out STFC narrative CV form.
Please provide these documents as a single PDF.
The deadline for these documents is the 21st July 2023 and they should be submitted to and copied to your academic host.

A summary of our various Fellowship opportunties can be found here.

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