Astronomy

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.

Assistant Professor in Observational Astronomy
The Department of Physics at Durham University seeks to appoint a talented individual to the role of Assistant Professor in Observational Astronomy. The deadline for applications is Friday, December 13, 2019 - the position will start around October 2020. See our AAS Job Register entry for full details and how to apply.
Fellowship and Postdoctoral Research Positions in Observational and Theoretical Cosmology and Extragalactic Astronomy
We invite applications for observational and theoretical postdoctoral positions within the broad area of extragalactic astronomy and cosmology at the Durham University. We are particularly interested in candidates with research interests in the following areas: numerical simulations of structure formation, dark energy and modified gravity, dark matter, gravitational lensing, cluster physics, the Milky Way, near-field cosmology, galaxy surveys, absorption-line studies of the intergalactic medium, spatially resolved studies of galaxies, multiwavelength studies of the formation and evolution of galaxies, AGN and AGN-driven outflows, and the astrophysics of accreting black holes. However, excellent candidates with interests outside of these areas are also encouraged to apply.

We expect to recruit to postdoctoral positions supported by the European Research Council (ERC), the Leverhulme Trust, the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC), and UK Research Innovation (UKRI). All positions are for up-to 3 years, subject to funding. The deadline for applications is Friday, December 13, 2019. See our Academic Jobs Online entry for further details and how to apply.

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