Independent Research Fellowships in Physics and Astronomy
The University of Sheffield's Department of Physics and Astronomy is seeking applicants for long- and short-term research fellowships available in the UK (funded by UKRI, STFC or Royal Society).
Applicants working in any of the major research areas of the department (astrophysics, inorganic semiconductors, materials and biological physics, particle physics and particle astrophysics) are encouraged to apply. For 2022/23, we are particularly encouraging applicants or holders of long-term fellowships in the following priority areas:
- Quantum optics
- Quantum materials
- Biological physics
- Neutrino physics
Our policy is that all holders of five-year fellowships will be offered a permanent academic position, subject to performance. We encourage applications from early career researchers both seeking long- and short-term fellowships (see the list of suitable fellowships funded by the UK funding councils below).
Keywords for fellowship research areas
Nanophotonics, semiconductors, quantum technologies, quantum optics, quantum materials, 2D materials, polaritons, strong light-matter interaction, polymer physics, soft matter, solar energy, electricity systems, solar photovoltaics, perovskites, microcavities, solar cells, optical quantum information theory, entanglement distribution, quantum imaging and metrology, physics of sustainability, astronomical instrumentation, binary stars, pulsars, white dwarfs, high-speed astronomy, eclipsing binaries and many more.
Potential applicants should contact Professor Alexander Tartakovskii for guidance through the selection and fellowship application process, supported by mentors in our department.
We are committed to supporting researchers from diverse backgrounds with clear fellowship plans at every step of their application and beyond. You can find out more about the support for fellowship applications in Science at Sheffield on the Faculty of Science website.
The Department of Physics and Astronomy
We are an internationally leading department excelling in several vibrant research fields. We have come first in the UK in the nationwide assessment under Research Excellence Framework 2021 in terms of the quality of our research – 100% of research and impact from our department was rated as world-leading or internationally excellent.
We provide state-of-the-art research facilities, a highly collegiate environment, and a programme of support for fellowship holders enabling them to develop their career and to become research leaders.
Fellowship opportunities in the UK (from three to eight years)
The following UK-funded fellowship opportunities exist to support researchers in the research areas listed above:
Long-term fellowships leading to an academic post at the department:
- UKRI Future Leaders Fellowships (4+3 years) - strict internal selection, contact Physics & Astronomy 6 months in advance of the UKRI closing date.
- EPSRC open fellowship (5 years) - open, no closing date, contact Physics & Astronomy 6 months before applying.
- Royal Society University Research Fellowships (5+3 years) - closing 1 September 2023, contact Physics & Astronomy March - July 2023.
- Dorothy Hodgkin Fellowship (5 years) – particularly suited for those who require a flexible working pattern. Closing 1 November 2023, contact Physics & Astronomy May - September 2023.
- STFC Ernest Rutherford Fellowships (5 years) – closing early September 2023, strict internal selection, contact Physics & Astronomy March - July 2023.
Short term postdoctoral fellowships, providing research career boost and enhancing chances for successful applications for longer-term fellowships and permanent academic positions.
- Leverhulme Trust Early Career Research Fellowships (3 years) - closing end of February 2023, strict internal selection, contact Physics & Astronomy in November or earlier.
- Royal Commission for the Exhibition 1851 (3 years) - closing mid-January 2023, contact Physics & Astronomy in November or earlier.
- Newton International Fellowships (2 years) - closing March 2023, contact Physics & Astronomy in January 2023 or earlier.
- Horizon 2020 Marie Sklodowska-Curie Individual Fellowships (2 years) - closing September 2023, contact Physics & Astronomy in June 2023 or earlier.
Research Excellence Framework 2021
We have been rated 1st in the UK in terms of the quality of our research. In the latest REF, 100 per cent of research and impact from our department has been classed as world-leading or internationally excellent.