Institute for Astronomy


Jobs at the IfA

Elizabeth Gardner Fellowship

The School of Physics and Astronomy is pleased to invite applications for the 2023 Elizabeth Gardner Fellowship. This four-year Fellowship specifically supports early-career, postdoctoral researchers from backgrounds that are under-represented in the School’s academic community (e.g. gender, minority ethnicity, disability, disadvantaged circumstances, etc.).    

Elizabeth Gardner Fellowships honour the outstanding achievements of Dr Elizabeth Gardner (1957 - 1988). Dr Gardner studied Mathematical Physics at the University of Edinburgh, graduating with first class honours, and was awarded the Tait Medal, Robert Schlapp Prize, and the Class medal. After studying for a PhD at the University of Oxford, she later returned to the School of Physics and Astronomy in 1984 as a Research Fellow. Her works on the optimal storage of neural networks have been selected as two of the most influential papers in the 50th anniversary of Journal of Physics A. 

The Fellowship aims to provide a supportive and collegial environment for early-career researchers to develop their research and submit proposals to secure external research funding (e.g. a 5-year Research Fellowship, such as a Royal Society University Research Fellowship; an Ernest Rutherford Fellowship; or a European Research Council fellowship) and, where appropriate, other external research resources such as telescope/facility time

More details at the link below.

Postdoctoral Research Positions

Postdoctoral Research Associates in observational extragalactic astronomy

We are seeking applications for two, three-year postdoctoral positions in observational extragalactic astronomy.  These positions will be fixed-term with start dates ideally sometime between 1st March 2024 and 1st October 2024. One position is available within the newly established research group led by Dr Adam Carnall and another within the research group of Dr Fergus Cullen. 

The goal of these positions is to advance our understanding of galaxy evolution, focusing on massive galaxies and chemical abundances in the high-redshift Universe. The successful candidates will work together with Dr. Carnall and Dr. Cullen on a variety of projects in this area, depending on their research experience and interests. They will have the opportunity to work with data from the JWST Cycle 2 NIRSpec program EXCELS (ID: 3543; PI Dr. Carnall; co-PI Dr. Cullen) and the upcoming 200-night MOONS guaranteed time spectroscopic survey, MOONRISE. They will also be encouraged and supported to lead further independent research projects. Both groups are funded by UKRI Frontier Research Grants (UK replacement funding for ERC starting grants) and the successful candidates will be encouraged to collaborate closely with other group members as well as travelling widely to promote their research.

More details can be found at the link below.


Postdoctoral Research Associate in large-scale structure cosmology


We seek applications for a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the field of large-scale structure cosmology. The successful candidate will join a research group led by Dr Alex Hall at the Institute for Astronomy (IfA) at the University of Edinburgh.

The research aims of this position are to tackle key challenges in cosmology relevant to the Euclid mission and to contribute to the scientific analysis of data from Euclid. The position will have a particular focus on developing new analysis techniques for weak gravitational lensing and galaxy clustering to enhance measurements of Dark Energy and other extensions to the standard cosmological model.

The Euclid space telescope launched successfully in July 2023. A first major internal data release is expected in 2025 and first cosmology papers are planned for 2026, aligning well with the timeline of this 3-year position. The successful applicant will be expected to become an active member of the Euclid Consortium (

The position is fixed term, 3 years.

Salary:  £37,099 - £44,263 per annum

Start date: flexible; but not later than 1st Oct 2024.

Interviews will be held January 2024.

Application Deadline: Friday, December 8, 2023


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