First Neutrino Detection

UCL cosmologists weigh into the debate about neutrino mass

The standard model of particle physics needs to be extended: it predicts that neutrinos have zero mass, but this does not fit with experimental data. Recent work has suggested an unexpectedly high mass for the neutrino, but UCL cosmologists say this is wrong. They argue that a low mass is more consistent with the observed properties of the universe. The Dark Energy Survey (which UCL is also involved in) will provide data that could resolve this debate in the next few years. More...

LSST 2014

All the Sky – All the Time: UK astronomers debate involvement in the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST)

Image: A combination of two renderings, showing the telescope on the summit. March 2011 (Credit LSST Corporation) More...

Dr Steve Fossy

Dr Steve Fossey- wins UCL Communication and Culture Award

Dr Steve Fossey has been awarded the UCL Communication and Culture Award for Media Communicator of the Year (news story). More...

Hiranya on Newsnight

UCL open letter to Paul Dacre, Editor of the Daily Mail

Professor David Price, Vice-Provost for Research at UCL, has written an open letter to Paul Dacre, editor of the Daily Mail, to raise concerns about an article commenting on the race and gender of UCL academics appearing on Newsnight. The contents of this letter are reproduced in full below. More...

UCL Astrophysics Group

The Astrophysics Group at UCL forms part of the Physics & Astronomy Department. We are one of the largest Astrophysics groups in the UK, comprising about 80 members of academic, research and support staff. 

The 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 2020 or so.  They include the Dark Energy Survey, DESI, Euclid, the Hubble Space Telescope, JWST, SPICA, Cassini, Laplace / JUICE, EChO, LOFAR, Planck, Herschel, e-MERLIN and ALMA. In addition, we are part of UCL's Institute of Origins which promotes inter-departmental research.

Head of Group: Prof. Mike Barlow
Administrator:  Mrs Kay Nakum

2014 Royal Society and STFC Fellowship Application Deadlines

The Royal Society have set a deadline of Thursday September 11th 2014 for applications for University Research Fellowships

Potential applicants who wish to be hosted by UCL Astrophysics are encouraged to contact Professor Mike Barlow (mjb@star.ucl.ac.uk) as soon as possible. Our internal deadline for the receipt of completed UCL costing forms for RSURF applications will be Friday August 22nd (the forms can be obtained from Ms Kay Nakum, (k.nakum@ucl.ac.uk). Our administrative deadline for final approval of all RSURF application materials will be Monday September 8th 2014.

The STFC have set a deadline of Thursday September 25th 2014 for applications for Ernest Rutherford Fellowships. Potential applicants should send draft 3-page science cases plus CVs (including a list of publications) to Ms Kay Nakum (k.nakum@ucl.ac.uk) by Monday September 1st 2014. We will then rank the applications and let candidates know by September 9th whether we are able to include them within the applicant quota assigned to us by STFC, so that UCL costing forms can be completed and submitted by applicants by September 12th.

Informal enquiries can be addressed to Professor Mike Barlow (mjb@star.ucl.ac.uk).

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. The Fellowship Panel will look to the track record for evidence of the qualities of excellence and potential expected of a fellowship holder.

Current vacancies in the Astrophysics group are listed on the Physics and Astronomy Vacancies page 

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