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.

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Ernest Rutherford Fellowship Applications 2022
We welcome applications STFC Ernest Rutherford Fellowships. There are quota limits on ERF applications and so we require all applicants to submit a CV using the STFC narrative CV template, a publication list, and a short (*strict* 1 page limit) research outline, including a brief additional paragraph (not counted within the 1 page limit) on why Durham and how the project connects to Durham. In addition, please identify (and contact) a member of staff to be your academic host to support you in the preparation of your application. Please ensure that the name of your academic host is included at the top of the research outline. The deadline for these documents is the 22nd July 2022 and they should be submitted to, and copied to the 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.

The Durham Astronomy Research Cluster is one of the five high-impact research themes within Durham University. Please see for our latest news and press releases.

Contact Details

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