STFC Ernest Rutherford Fellowship Opportunities (2015)

Armagh Observatory Quota Preselection

Links to application form and other documents

☆ Application pack - PDF

☆ MS Word (.doc) version of the application form.

☆ MS Word (.doc) version of the STFC curriculum vitae form.


A pre-selection opportunity to apply to the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) for a 5-year fixed-term position of an STFC Ernest Rutherford Fellow (2015) is available at the Armagh Observatory. Candidates for the STFC Fellowship must not be employed in a permanent academic position or the equivalent in institutions other than universities, and must have a PhD and a minimum of five years' research experience from the start of the postgraduate programme leading to the award of a PhD at 2016 September 1, with normally a minimum of two years' postdoctoral experience.

In addition, it is desirable that candidates should have a high volume of high-quality research outputs, be of high standing in their field and have a strong ability to communicate their science effectively. The proposed research should be timely and of high quality, and there should be a strong link with one or more of the areas of research currently undertaken at the Armagh Observatory and an alignment with STFC strategic priorities. It is desirable also that candidates should have observational, computational or modelling expertise; experience of obtaining and/or managing grants and running an independent research programme; leadership ability and the potential to fulfil the wider community service responsibilities of an academic career; the ability clearly to present a high-quality 5-year research plan; and long-term career goals that align closely with the objectives of the STFC Fellowship scheme.

For full details of the STFC Ernest Rutherford Fellowship scheme and the responsibilities of successful candidates for such positions, see the STFC

Enquiries and requests for further information may be made to any of the senior astronomers at Armagh Observatory or to the Director, Professor M.E. Bailey, at mebat Information about the Armagh Observatory may be obtained by consulting the web-site:

The closing date for receipt of applications for this preselection is 2015 August 20. Applicants should obtain an application pack from the Operations Manager or from the Observatory web-site, and send the completed application form and attachments including a full curriculum vitae, statement of research interests and complete bibliography to: The Administrator, Armagh Observatory, College Hill, Armagh BT61 9DG, Northern Ireland (Tel: +44-(0)28-3752-2928; FAX: +44-(0)28-3752-7174; e-mail: jcdat Candidates should arrange for references from two or three referees to be sent to the same address as early as possible to ensure full consideration of the application.

The Armagh Observatory is an equal opportunities employer.

Last Revised: 2015 July 8th