University of Bath

Astrophysics group job opportunities

Find out about how to join us as a PhD student or a research fellow.

PhD positions

We invite applications from outstanding candidates for these 3.5-year funded studentships to be based in the Bath Astrophysics Group with an anticipated start date of 30 September 2019.

Application deadline is Sunday 16 December 2018.

Multi-messenger Probes of Neutron Star Physics

As part of this PhD project you will develop theoretical models of neutron star dynamics and their dependence on the properties of neutron star matter, and nuclear physics. You will explore the detectability of high-energy emission with current burst detectors, in preparation for upcoming electromagnetic/gravitational-wave observing runs. You will also explore other properties and physics of neutron stars that can be inferred from Gamma-Ray, X-ray, and Radio observations of magnetars and pulsars, and gravitational-wave constraints from Advanced LIGO/Virgo.

The chemical build-up of star-forming galaxies

This project will involve the analysis and interpretation of sensitive, high spatial resolution spectral data taken with the state-of-the-art Multi-Unit Spectroscopic Explorer (MUSE) on the ESO Very Large Telescope (VLT) of a sample of star forming galaxies, as well as VLT/X-shooter and UVES spectral data of high redshift GRB afterglows. The successful candidate will be involved in the preparation of new observing proposals for major telescope facilities with international collaborators, including the future NASA James Webb Space Telescope.

Fellowship opportunities

If you wish to apply for a fellowship hosted in Bath, contact Dr Stijn Wuyts or Prof Carole Mundell.

Please contact us several months prior to the deadline of the funding agency. This will allow us time to run the internal selection procedure and support you with your application.

The Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851

Deadline: 7 February 2019
- two-year fellowships for recent PhDs (within two years of completion)

ERC Consolidator Grants

Deadline: 7 Feb 2019
- up to five years’ funding
- for researchers with seven to 12 years of postdoctoral experience
- funds a team of researchers
- extra funding for applicants moving from non-EU countries

Leverhulme Trust

Deadline: 28 February 2019
- funding for three years for those with UK degree
- PhD submitted and less than five years postdoctoral experience
- must not have permanent post in the UK

L’Oreal Women in Science

Deadline: 15 February 2019
- one year project costs to supplement salary

ERC Advanced Grants

  • up to five years’ funding
  • for researchers with 10 year record of achievement at a senior level
  • funds a team of researchers
  • extra funding for applicants moving from non-EU countries

Newton Fellowships

  • run through British Academy, the Royal Academy of Engineering and the Royal Society
  • for non-UK citizens who are not already working in the UK
  • two year fellowships

ERC Starting Grants

  • up to five years’ funding
  • for researchers with two to seven years of postdoctoral experience
  • funds a team of researchers
  • extra funding for applicants moving from non-EU countries

Ernest Rutherford Fellowship

  • for early career researchers who do not have an academic position
  • five year fellowships

UKRI Future Leaders Fellowship

  • for early career researchers and innovators with outstanding potential
  • UK and international applicants
  • seven years of support available on a 4+3 model, with a review in year four.

Royal Society University Research Fellowships (URFs)

  • for early/mid-career stage (three to eight years postdoctoral experience) who do not have permanent position in EEA (European Economic Area)
  • must be EEA citizens or have EEA connection (e.g. postdoctoral position held)
  • five years with possibility for an extension of three years

Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowships

  • no limit on postdoc experience
  • must be working outside of the UK
  • need member of current staff to sponsor you