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Research & Job Opportunities

Post-doctoral research associate position available in HI intensity mapping/low frequency foregrounds

We are looking to fill a position in the area of HI intensity mapping and low frequency foregrounds to begin 1st January 2014 (or soon thereafter). The closing date is 31st October 2013. If you are interested, please contact Clive Dickinson (Clive DOT Dickinson AT manchester DOT ac DOT uk). You can find out more information and apply online via the University of Manchester jobs webpage and typing "EPS-01720" in the search box.

For current job opportunities at Jodrell Bank Centre for Astrophysics, please see the University of Manchester's Job opportunities.

Postgraduate studentships in astrophysics

Visit our postgraduate study pages to find out more about opportunities for studying towards an MSc, MPhil, or PhD in astrophysics as well as current PhD projects.

STFC Ernest Rutherford Fellowships (July 2013)

The School of Physics and Astronomy invites applications from candidates wishing to be considered for a 2013 STFC Ernest Rutherford Fellowship to be based in the School of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Manchester. Ernest Rutherford Fellowships enable outstanding researchers the opportunity to pursue full-time research for a period of up to five years.

Candidates can only apply on behalf of one UK institution, and need to first apply to the proposed host to obtain support, before applying to STFC. Each prospective host may only support a limited a number of applicants.

Expressions of interest must be submitted by 19 August and should include a full curriculum vitae, a brief description of your proposed research project (max 2 sides A4) and the names of three referees.

The JBCA is one of the largest astronomy groups in the UK, with 26 permanent academic staff. It operates the Jodrell Bank Observatory and e-MERLIN, and hosts the international headquarters for the SKA project. The UK ALMA regional centre is hosted in Manchester. Active research areas in Manchester range from cosmology to planets, with particular strengths in pulsars, gravitational lensing, CMB (e.g. Planck), evolved stars and star formation, and solar astronomy. There is also an active instrumentation group spanning the wavelength range from sub-mm to centimetre. Observational interests further include the VLT and the VLTI.

Applications are welcomed within any of the research activities, including the SKA, of the JBCA.

Informal enquiries for astronomy and astrophysics may be made to Prof. Albert Zijlstra, email: albert.zijlstra (at) manchester.ac.uk, Tel: +44 (0)161 306 3925.

Applications to be sent by e-mail to albert.zijlstra (at) manchester.ac.uk, or by post to the address below:

Prof Albert Zijlstra
Jodrell Bank Center for Astrophysics
Alan Turing Building
School of Physics & Astronomy
The University of Manchester
Oxford Road
M13 9PL

If you are successful in the pre-selection, we will work with you on the proposed research plan for the full Rutherford application, due late September.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your interest in the School of Physics & Astronomy.

Further information on the STFC Fellowship scheme is available on the STFC website.

STFC Returner Fellowships (July 2013)

In addition to the Rutherford Fellowships, additional Returner Fellowships can be awarded to outstanding candidates returning from a career break or from working outside academic research. The period of absence from active research, of two years or more, may have been due to illness, family or caring responsibilities or working in non-academic employment. Please see the STFC website for more information. The procedure is the same as for the Rutherford Fellowship, including the Aug 20 deadline for the initial application to Manchester.


The deadline for applying for Marie Curie fellowships is Aug 14, and we are interested in hosting suitable candidates in any area of our research, including the SKA. If you would like to apply to work at JBCA as a Marie Curie fellow, please contact us well before the deadline.