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Professor Hiranya Peiris IOP Prize

Professor Hiranya Peiris recognised with prestigious physics prize

Professor Hiranya Peiris, Dr Helen Czerski and Professor Jennifer Thomas have been awarded medals and prizes by the Institute of Physics (IOP) for their outstanding, sustained and distinguished contributions to physics. More...

DESI Corrector

DESI corrector at UCL ready to be shipped

The Dark Energy Spectroscopic Instrument’s (DESI) wide field optical corrector has been fully assembled and tested at UCL and is due to be shipped to the Mayall telescope at Kitt Peak Observatory in Arizona for commissioning.


UCL to lead European mission to study new planets

UCL is leading a multi-million pound European mission to study newly discovered planets after it was selected today as the next European Space Agency science mission. More...

Data on 400 million astronomical objects released

Scientists on the Dark Energy Survey (DES), which includes UCL Astrophysics Group (P&A) researchers, announce their first three years of data including information on about 400 million astronomical objects such as distant galaxies billions of light years away as well as stars in our own galaxy. More...

Astrophysics Group, Dept of Physics & Astronomy

The Astrophysics Group of UCL's Dept of Physics & Astronomy is one of the largest in the UK, comprising about 90 members of academic, research and support staff. Our research areas cover massive stars, star formation, interstellar and circumstellar processes, astrochemistry, cosmology, galaxy formation and evolution, extra-solar planets, atmospheric physics and instrumentation. An overview of the group's research can be found in the most recent Departmental Annual Review.

Our group members are also playing leadership roles in many international projects, covering a time line from the present to 2030 or so.  They include the Dark Energy Survey, DESI, Euclid, LSST, the Hubble Space Telescope, JWST, SPICA, Cassini, Laplace / JUICE, Ariel, LOFAR, Planck, Herschel, e-MERLIN, ALMA and SKA.

Head of Group: Prof. Serena Viti
Administrator:  Mrs Kay Nakum

STFC - Ernest Rutherford Fellowships and Royal Society University Research Fellowships - internal deadline 20 July 2018:

The deadline for applications for STFC Ernest Rutherford Fellowships is 20 September 2018, while the deadline for the URF is the 04th September.

For the STFC each host institution is given an internal quota limit by STFC for ERF applicants and so must have a process to select applicants to meet their quota limit, while for the URF there is not strict quota, we will still have a process to select applicants.  There is therefore a further deadline of *20 July 2018* to receive draft applications.

Potential STFC ERF and RS URF applicants should send draft 3-page science cases plus CVs (including a list of publications) to Professor Serena Viti (sv@star.ucl.ac.uk) and to Ms Kay Nakum (k.nakum@ucl.ac.uk), by July 20 2018. A panel will then rank the applications and let candidates know within 10 days whether we are able to include them within the quota limit assigned to us by STFC, so that feedback on draft science cases can be provided and UCL costing forms can be completed and submitted by applicants in time. Also, potential candidates must have made contact with a member of staff from the group who is close to their science interests and let Prof Viti know who they contacted when they send the material in by email.

STFC encourages returners to research and our quota limit will not apply to any applications from candidates who are intending to return to research from a career break (normally of at least two years). Ernest Rutherford Fellowship applications from returners may be submitted in excess of the departmental limit. Returner applications will be judged solely on the applicant’s track record prior to their career break.

STFC- Ernest Rutherford Fellowships guidelines: https://stfc.ukri.org/files/ernest-rutherford-fellowships-2018-guidance/

PLEASE NOTE: This year the STFC will reject a proposal if any of the documents submitted breaches the rules on page limits, font size or margins. In contrast to previous years, proposals that are in breach of the rules in this way will not be returned for amendment. The only exception will be where a breach occurred because of issues in downloading the proposal into Research Council systems

Royal Society University Research Fellowships guidelines: https://royalsociety.org/grants-schemes-awards/grants/university-research/

PLEASE NOTE: In recent Ernest Rutherford Fellowships rounds, 40% of proposals had to be returned for amendment because they breached the rules on page limits, font size etc. These rules are in place to ensure fairness to all applicants and to make the process manageable for the panel. Please make sure you follow the application rules.

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