General Information

Research interests of Observatory staff are currently focused on three key areas of astrophysics, namely: Solar-System Science, Solar Physics, and Stellar and Galactic Astrophysics. Solar-System research encompasses the dynamical structure, evolution and origin of objects in the inner and outer solar system and comparative planetology and meteor physics. Solar research uses data various spacecraft and griund-based fscilities to study fundamental questions such as how the Sun's outer atmosphere is heated, what drives the solar wind and the Sun's variable magnetic activity. Stellar and Galactic research includes a wide range of investigations into the formation and evolution of stars, taking into account factors such as mass loss through stellar winds, studying stellar oscillations, stellar magnetic fields, extreme chemical abundances, understanding the details of accretion physics and conducting wide-field surveys to discover a diverse range of astrophysically important short-period variable stars. These research themes illustrate the Observatory's primary long-term research function. For additional information on the research, see and

There is currently a fluctuating population of around 25 research staff including students and short-term visitors, who are supported by a pool of technical and administrative support staff. The 14 acres of landscaped Observatory Grounds and Astropark and the daily meteorological readings are maintained by a senior grounds/meteorological support officer, responsible for taking the daily meteorological readings. For more detail on the Observatory, goto

We have two different studentships; an Observatory funded studentship and a UK Science Technology Facilities Council studentship. For a UK Science Technology Facilities Council studentship, applicants should check for residence requirements, see

The Observatory funded studentship is open to students world-wide. For your application to be successful, you will need to meet the academic and English language entry requirements, contact

Last Revised: 2016 December 16th