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.

Current projects (title/supervisor):

Funded(*) and Priority Projects

  1. * Dust and gas filaments in the Interstellar Medium – Dr Sven Van Loo
  2. Chemistry in planet-forming regions revealed by ALMA – Dr Catherine Walsh
  3. The Non-thermal Emission from Colliding Winds Binaries – Dr Julian Pittard
  4. The missing link between protoplanetary discs and planetary systems – Dr Olja Panic

Unfunded projects

  1. X-shooter spectroscopy of Massive Young Stellar Objects – Prof Rene Oudmaijer

Postdoctoral Research Positions

Research Fellow in Star Formation

Are you an ambitious researcher looking for your next challenge? Do you have an established background in Star Formation? Do you want to further your career in one of the UKs leading research-intensive Universities? You will work on an STFC-funded project with Prof Oudmaijer, Dr Lumsden and Prof Hoare to investigate high spatial and spectral resolution near- and mid-infrared studies of massive young stellar objects (MYSOs). You will carry out a programme to study the sub-au to 100 au scale structures due to binarity, accretion and outflows. The observations include high resolution spectroscopy and IR interferometry of accretion disks, jets, and winds. The programme will exploit the large sample of MYSOs discovered by the Red MSX Source survey led by the Leeds group to study the massive star formation processes as a function of mass and evolutionary stage. With a PhD (or will have submitted your thesis prior to taking up the appointment) in Astrophysics or a closely allied discipline, you will have experience in infrared/optical observational astronomy and a developing track record of peer reviewed publications in international journals. To explore the post further or for any queries you may have, please contact:  Professor René Oudmaijer, School of Physics and Astronomy Tel: +44 (0)113 343 3886 or email: R.D.Oudmaijer@leeds.ac.uk To apply: https://jobs.leeds.ac.uk/Vacancy.aspx?ref=EPSPA1039


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. If you are interested in applying for these to be hosted at Leeds please contact Stuart Lumsden (s.l.lumsden@leeds.ac.uk) in the first instance. For the STFC and Royal Society schemes the deadline to meet our internal sifting process for application in 2021 has already passed. For any other scheme, including the ERC ones, a notice of intent is required at least 8 weeks before the scheme deadline.