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PhD Positions

The astrophysics group welcomes applications for PhD study. Applicants are encouraged to contact potential supervisors by email before applying.  Projects currently advertised are listed below with a link for further information. For a full list of PhD projects in the School of Physics and Astronomy see here. Our department is proud to create inclusive student, research, and working cultures that are supportive and welcoming to those from all backgrounds, genders, ages, disabilities, religions, and other protected groups. We are committed to providing a postgraduate program that not only equips you with the technical and professional skills you will need in your career, but which is also enjoyable, supportive, diverse, and inclusive. We welcome all applications, but especially those from the under-represented groups in physics. Everybody’s needs will be supported, but if you do have any concerns, you can contact us, in confidence, to discuss how we can support your particular needs during a research degree at the University of Leeds  

Current projects:

The full list of currently open projects can always be found at research opportunities. We typically offer 1-2 STFC Studentships per year. These cover fees at the UK rate and a stipend for 3 and 1/2 years. All eligible candidates applying for priority projects will be considered for these automatically. All STFC funded places for a 2023 start date are now filled. Priority projects for STFC funding for a 2024 start will be advertised later in 2023.
Graduates of the University of Leeds are eligible for the Alumni Bursary.
A variety of other funding opportunities are available.
Self-Funded or externally sponsored students are also welcome to apply.

Postdoctoral Research Positions

No positions at this time.


We welcome applications for senior fellowship schemes such as STFC's Ernest Rutherford Fellowship or Stephen Hawking Fellowship, Royal Society's University Research Fellowship or Dorothy Hodgkins fellowship, RAS Research and Norman Lockyer Fellowships or ERC starter/consolidator grants. Interested applicants are welcome to contact individual members of staff to discuss possible synergies between their work. You will need to identify a suitable staff member to act as your sponsor. We particularly welcome applications from candidates with theoretical expertise in the field of planet and star formation complementing our current research.
If you wish to proceed with an application then please notify Dr Stuart Lumsden ( For the STFC and Royal Society URF schemes there is an internal sifting process in place. The deadline for both for 2023 is Friday 21st July, and notices of intent must be received by then. We require a full CV + publication list and a one page statement of research interests for the sifting process. For any other scheme, including the ERC ones, a notice of intent is required at least 8 weeks before the scheme deadline, but no other paperwork is required at that time.