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.

Postdoctoral positions in extragalactic astronomy and cosmology
We invite applications for postdoctoral positions within the broad area of extragalactic astronomy and cosmology at Durham University. We currently have several open postdoctoral positions over 2-3 years, including:
  • Near-field cosmology; Dark matter; Galactic dynamics; cosmological simulations. Funded by the Leverhulme Trust/ERC/Royal Society. Contact Dr. Alis Deason and/or Prof. Carlos Frenk for more details.
  • Large-scale structure and the galaxy-halo connection; cosmological simulations; the role of galaxy formation in the interpretation of cosmological surveys. Funded by the UK Research & Innovation Future Leaders Fellowship. Contact Dr. Sownak Bose for more details.
  • Formation and evolution of dwarf galaxies using cosmological hydrodynamical simulations, dark matter, near-field cosmology. Funded by the UK Research & Innovation Future Leaders Fellowship. Contact Dr. Azadeh Fattahi-Savadjani for more details.
  • Quasars and AGN: evolution, properties, and role in galaxy formation utilising the DESI quasar optical survey and the 4MOST X-ray and infrared AGN survey. Funded by the STFC. Contact Prof. David Alexander for more details.
We also anticipate other positions becoming available before the application deadline. Please submit all application documents to the Academic Jobs Online website: To ensure full consideration complete applications, including references, need to be received by 6th December 2021.

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.

The Durham Astronomy Research Cluster is one of the five high-impact research themes within Durham University. Please see for our latest news and press releases.

Contact Details

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