Astronomy at Durham

Durham Astronomy Research Cluster

Durham University is one of the UK's leading centres for astronomical research with world-class groups working in a wide range of fields covering the observational, theoretical and instrumentation aspects of astronomy.

RAS Biographical memoir of Sir Arnold Wolfendale
Postgraduate Opportunity
The research group of Dr. Anna McLeod is seeking a motivated graduate student to work on resolved stellar populations in nearby galaxies at the Centre for Extragalactic Astronomy at Durham University, starting October 2023. The position is fully funded for the duration of the PhD, and home/international tuition fees are covered. The project involves observations from the VLT, HST, and JWST to study resolved young stars and star clusters in nearby galaxies, and connect these to the gaseous regions they have formed in. A full description of the project can be found here. Prior experience with spectroscopic observations, in particular involving integral field unit instruments, are desired but not a requisite. Experience in Python coding is required.
Applications should include a CV, a statement of motivation, a combined research and motivation statement, and two letters of reference. Applications should be submitted using the online application form which can be found at, and useful guidance on how to fill it can be found at
Review of applications will commence the week of May 15th. Please send inquiries about the position to

Durham is ranked joint sixth globally for the number of highly cited researchers in Space Science (which covers research into astronomy and astrophysics), according to the Clarivate Analytics Highly Cited Researchers 2018 list.

There are 28 academic staff across the combined astronomy groups, with over 100 postdocs, postgraduate students and support and technical staff involved in astronomy research. The Durham Astronomy Research Cluster hosts the following groups:
In November 2016, the three main astronomy groups in the Department of Physics, the Centre for Advanced Instrumentation, the Centre for Extragalactic Astronomy and the Institute for Computational Cosmology, moved into the brand new Ogden Centre for Fundamental Physics building, designed by the world renowned Studio Daniel Libeskind.

Contact Details

Department of Physics,
Durham University,
South Road,
Durham DH1 3LE
Tel: 44 (0)191 3343635