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Astrophysics Relocation

After a 2.5 year 'temporary' residency at Hampstead Rd, we are pleased to update that the Astrophysics Group has finally moved back to Gower Street. The Group is now located in offices that the spread 2nd and 3rd floor of the Pearson Building, and 4th floor of the Lewis building. More...

Hexagonal carbon nitride nanosheets gently dissolve into solution over time (left), producing luminescent, defect free 2d-nanosheets (right).

Glowing nanosheets created by UCL-led team

A team of researchers led by UCL Chemistry  and UCL Physics & Astronomy have shown that two-dimensional (2D) nanomaterials, which can be used to create LEDs (light emitting diodes) or solar cells, can be made by the simple, but unconventional, method of dissolution. More...


MAPS Faculty Teaching Awards 2017

Each year the Mathematical and Physical Sciences Faculty recognises excellence in teaching by staff and teaching assistants at all levels within the faculty through the Faculty Teaching Awards.


UCL’s first satellite ‘UCLSat’ launched

UCLSat, a satellite designed and built by UCL engineers and scientists, has been launched today from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in India as part of an international mission called QB50. 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

2017 Royal Society and STFC Fellowship Application Deadlines

Royal Society:

The Royal Society have now set their deadline for University Research Fellowship applications to be 3pm on 4 September 2017.  Potential applicants who wish to be hosted by the UCL Astrophysics Group should contact Professor Serena Viti (sv@star.ucl.ac.uk) before Friday August 11th 2017, enclosing a draft 3-page research case and a CV/publication list. After the material has been reviewed, a notification will be sent to applicants whose RSURF application we are prepared to support as the prospective host institution. Our internal deadline for the receipt of completed UCL costing forms for RSURF applications is four weeks ahead of the Royal Society's deadline - the UCL forms that need to be completed can be obtained from Ms Kay Nakum, (k.nakum@ucl.ac.uk).


The deadline for applications for STFC Ernest Rutherford Fellowships is 21 September 2017. 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. There is therefore a further deadline of August 25th before which no institution can require applicants to accept an internal offer to host.

Potential STFC ERF 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 Monday August 14th 2017. 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.

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.

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