GRANT: The position is tenable for three years, the level of grant being based on the United Kingdom Science and Technology Facilities Council rate (currently £14,296 per annum).
RESPONSIBLE TO: The designated PhD Supervisor.
CONTACT ADDRESS: Armagh Observatory, College Hill, Armagh, BT61 9DG, Northern Ireland, UK. Tel: +44-(0)28-3752-2928; FAX: +44-(0)28-3752-7174; web-site:

The Post

The Armagh Observatory receives baseline support from the Northern Ireland Department for Communities (DfC), and receives regular awards of telescope time and research grants from the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC), and other organizations. Facilities for computing and data reduction are excellent. Further details about the Observatory and the possible research topics can be obtained from the Observatory web site.

The fixed-term postgraduate studentship position is available for suitably qualified candidates for three years starting 2017 September/October. Candidates must have, or expect to obtain, at least an upper second class honours degree or the equivalent in an appropriate discipline (e.g. Physics, Mathematics, Astronomy or Astrophysics). Successful candidates will register for a PhD at an appropriate university (often Queen’s University Belfast), and the PhD student will normally carry out a research programme based at the Armagh Observatory. Enrolment for a PhD will be in accordance with the regulations of the governing university. This will typically involve enrolment in the first year for the degree of MPhil., with subsequent enrolment for a PhD being permitted in the second year following successful completion of a differentiation or transfer procedure and evidence of satisfactory progress in the first year in accordance with university regulations.

In addition to pursuing an individual research programme, the PhD student may be asked to carry out other duties commensurate with the position, and will also be expected to play a full part in various Observatory activities. The Student must be prepared to undertake astronomical field trips, which may occur at unsocial times, and to attend astronomical conferences and other meetings for training or to present research results.

Research students will be expected to contribute to the public understanding of astronomy and related sciences and to promote the activities of the Armagh Observatory at both national and local levels whenever circumstances permit. There may also be opportunities to become involved in a small amount of teaching, for example the delivery of occasional popular lectures or the supervision of work-placement or work-shadowing students from secondary schools.

Last Revised: 2016 December 16th