Undertake research with the ICG

We're a thriving and welcoming resarch environment. If you'd like to join us as a researcher, at PhD level or as a post-doctoral fellow, please explore the opportunities below. 

We have no current staff or directly funded post-doctoral vacancies, but please see our fellowship and PhD opportunities below.

Research fellowships 

The ICG welcomes candidates interested in applying for research fellowships to be held in Portsmouth. A variety of potential fellowships are available, including Royal Society University Research Fellowships, Ernest Rutherford Fellowships (STFC), Marie Curie (EU) fellowships, and possibly national fellowships from the candidate’s country of origin. Expressions of interest for fellowships should be addressed to an ICG staff member with a connection to the proposed research.

We welcome applications from all qualified applicants, but applications are particularly encouraged from traditionally under-represented groups in science. The University of Portsmouth is member of the Athena SWAN charter and an Institute of Physics Project Juno Supporter; these projects show a commitment to introduce organisational and cultural practices that promote gender equality in science and create a better working environment for men and women.

Ernest Rutherford Fellowships are five year fellowships funded by the STFC (formerly STFC Advanced Fellowships). The STFC deadline is September 13 2022 at 16:00 UK time. They are open to candidates of any nationality, but each institution is limited in the total number of applications it can support. The ICG will review potential applicants’ CVs and research proposals to determine which candidates it will support. Candidates should send a statement of interest, which should include their CV and a draft research proposal, to icg-recruitment@port.ac.uk by 31st July 2022 for full consideration.

STFC encourages applications from those returning after a career break. They may submit applications in excess of the quota allocated to each department.

For further information see http://www.stfc.ac.uk/funding/fellowships/ernest-rutherford-fellowship

Royal Society University Research Fellowships are eight year fellowships open to citizens of all nationalities. The Royal Society deadline is 6 September 2022 at 15:00 UK time. If interested in applying, please contact an ICG staff member with a connection to the proposed research no later than 31 July 2022. Alternatively, if also applying for an Ernest Rutherford Fellowship. please follow the instructions above and indicate that you would also like to apply for a Royal Society University Research Fellowship with us.

For further information see https://royalsociety.org/grants-schemes-awards/grants/university-research/

The Marie Skłodowska-Curie scheme includes Individual Fellowships intended to add significantly to the development of the best and most-promising researchers active in Europe. These are for trans-national researchers, including researchers coming to Europe and those moving within Europe. The deadline for the next round of Individual Fellowhips is 14 September 2022. If interested in applying, please contact an ICG staff member with a connection to the proposed research no later than 31 July 2022.

Brexit does not affect the eligibility of UK nationals and/or UK institutes to apply for, or to act as a host for Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions in the 2022 round of applications.

For more information on the current round of Individual Fellowships, please see here https://ec.europa.eu/research/mariecurieactions/calls/msca-postdoctoral-fellowships-2022

For more details on other Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions please see here
http://ec.europa.eu/research/mariecurieactions/

The Stephen Hawking Fellowships will support and develop the next generation of visionary scientists in theoretical physics at the beginning of their career. Currently there is no open call for this fellowship, normally this would open in September with submission deadline in November If interested in applying, please contact an ICG staff member with a connection to the proposed research.

Please follow the link for further information – https://www.ukri.org/funding/funding-opportunities/stephen-hawking-fellowships/

Royal Society Dorothy Hodgkin Fellowships offer a recognised first step into an independent research career for outstanding scientists and engineers at an early stage of their research career who require a flexible working pattern due to personal circumstances, such as parenting or caring responsibilities or health issues. The Royal Scociety Deadline for applications is 1 November 2022. If interested in applying, please contact an ICG staff member with a connection to the proposed research.

For further information see https://royalsociety.org/grants-schemes-awards/grants/dorothy-hodgkin-fellowship/

Daphne Jackson Fellowships offer STEM professionals the opportunity to return to a research career after a break of two or more years for a family, health or caring reason. It is the opportunity to balance a personalised retraining programme with a challenging research project, held in a supportive UK university or research establishment. It is possible to apply for a Daphne Jackson Fellowship at any time. If interested in applying, please contact an ICG staff member with a connection to the proposed research.

For more information, please see here https://daphnejackson.org/about-fellowships/

Royal Society Newton International Fellowships are for non-UK scientists who are at an early stage of their research career and wish to conduct research in the UK. There is not currently an open call for this fellowship.

For further information see https://royalsociety.org/grants-schemes-awards/grants/newton-international/

Royal Astronomical Society Research Fellowships and the Norman Lockyer Fellowship provide support for up to 3 years for early career research astronomers and geophysicists. Applications are restricted to candidates who have a recognized PhD (or equivalent) obtained no more than 5 years before the start of their position or who have taken their viva before the application deadline and expect to be awarded the PhD by the time of appointment. These are offered on a 3-year cycle, and the next opportunity is expected to be in 2024.

For further information see https://www.ras.org.uk/awards-and-grants/fellowships

Future Leaders Fellowships will grow the strong supply of talented individuals needed to ensure a vibrant environment for research and innovation in the UK. The scheme is open to researchers and innovators from across business, universities, and other organisations. The first 6 rounds of Future Leaders Fellowships has now concluded, it is not clear if this will be extended. If interested in applying, please contact an ICG staff member with a connection to the proposed research.

https://www.ukri.org/funding/funding-opportunities/future-leaders-fellowships/

PhD Studentships

Funded PhD positions for 2022 start have now been filled. We expect to start applications for Autumn 2023 start in January 2023.

The Institute of Cosmology & Gravitation at the University of Portsmouth is one of the leading groups in research on cosmology and astrophysics in the UK. We are active participants in a wide range of international collaborations, including the Dark Energy Survey (DES), the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO), the Dark Energy Spectroscopic Instrument (DESI), the Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS-IV) and Euclid.

PhD studentships starting in October 2022 will be available for research in:

  • Gravitational lensing
  • Transients and supernovae
  • Active galactic nuclei
  • Galaxy evolution
  • Stellar population modelling
  • Very early Universe
  • Dark energy
  • Testing gravity on cosmological scales
  • Large scale structure
  • Gravitational Waves
  • Origin and evolution of the first supermassive black holes

There is no formal closing date, but applicants are advised to submit an application as early as possible. If you are seeking financial support, you should aim to submit by the end of January . Interviews for these studentships take place in February / March for entry in October. Applications will be considered until the positions are filled.

PhD applicants should have or expect to obtain a good honours degree or equivalent in Physics, Maths or Astronomy. Informal enquiries about the studentships can be directed to: icg-recruitment@port.ac.uk.

Formal applications should quote project code ICG05530122. Please use the appropriate application form for your preferred starting date:

We welcome applications from all qualified applicants, but applications are particularly encouraged from traditionally under-represented groups in science. The University of Portsmouth holds an Athena SWAN bronze award and is an Institute of Physics Project Juno Supporter; these projects show a commitment to introduce organisational and cultural practices that promote gender equality in science and create a better working environment for men and women.

The Bell Burnell Scholarship Fund is designed to support full or part-time graduates who wish to study towards a doctorate in physics and are from groups that are currently under-represented in physics. The University of Portsmouth can sponsor one application and those interested in applying to this fund through the ICG should contact a relevant supervisor by December 3rd, 2022.