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Department of Physics

The Cavendish Laboratory

Department of Physics Vacancies 

Royal Society University Research Fellowships

The Royal Society University Research Fellowship scheme aims to provide outstanding scientists with an opportunity to build an independent research career. This is a very popular call and we are asking all interested candidates (candidates from outside the Department as well) to contact and as soon as possible but no later than 1st August 2021. This is important as the University's Research Operations office, who will submit all applications to the funder, require completed applications are submitted to them no more than 7 working days before the Royal Society deadline (including Head of Department statements and completed references).


STFC Ernest Rutherford Fellowships

The Department of Physics is limited to supporting only two applications for the STFC's 2021/22 call for Ernest Fellowship Applications.

  • Interested candidates are requested to email their CVs  (including publications list), with a 1 page summary research proposal to  by Friday 6th August 2021.
  • The final decision regarding the selection of the two candidates will be agreed by  Monday 18th August 2021.
  • The STFC's closing date for applications for the 2021/22 fellowships round is Thursday 16 September 2021.

Informal enquiries may be made to Professor M A Parker, Head of Department, by email to


College RF/JRF Physics Related Posts

Details of calls for applications for College RF and JRF posts can be found on the University's Job Opportunities web-pages, listed under either Academic or Research.
They are also published on College websites and in the University's Reporter.

Applicants for College JRFs in the sciences are normally required to submit a statement from the Head of the Department in which they intend to hold their fellowship agreeing to accommodate the Research Fellow in that Department, if elected.  However, before such a letter can be generated, applicants need to obtain the agreement of a Faculty Member within the Department to host them. Once the Faculty Member has confirmed their willingness to host the applicant, a Head of Department support letter can be generated. The Head of Department's office normally requires two week's notice to generate such letters.

Winton Programme Studentships and Fellowships

Further details of opportunities within the Physics of Sustainability can be found here.