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School of the Physical Sciences


In this section you will find information on vacancies in the School of the Physical Sciences as well as funding opportunities.


Vacancies in the School of the Physical Sciences

There are no vacancies within the School Office at present.  

For vacancies in the School more widely, please see here.


Funding Opportunities

Herchel Smith Award

The Herchel Smith Fellowship and PhD Studentship Scheme offer awards across the physical and biological sciences.

For more information about the schemes, please click here.


Research Council

Information on Research Council PhD studentship funding can be accessed here


The Ernest Oppenheimer Fund

Applications are closed for the Ernest Oppenheimer Fund


Travel Fund


Selection Committee Memberships

Under University procedures, we will publish here the membership of Selection Committees for senior academic posts. 


Department: Chemistry

Position: University Lectureship in Atmospheric Chemistry

Selection Committee Members:

  • Dr James Keeler (Chair)
  • Prof. Rod Jones 
  • Prof. John Pyle
  • Dr Alex Archibald
  • Dr Anja Schmidt
  • Dr Marie Edmonds
  • Prof. Peter Haynes
  • Dr Howard Jones (Secretary)


Department: Institute of Astronomy

Position: University Lectureship in Astronomy

Selection Committee Members:

  • Prof. Richard McMahon (Chair)
  • Prof. Chris Reynolds
  • Dr Debora Sijacki
  • Dr Ian Parry
  • Prof. Mark Wyatt
  • Prof. Martin Haehnelt
  • Prof. Mike Irwin
  • Dr Vasily Belokurov
  • Prof. Roberto Maiolino
  • Prof. Val Gibson
  • Mrs Angela Macharia (Secretary)


Department: Geography 

Position: University Lectureship in Human Geography

Selection Committee Members:

  • Prof. Ash Amin (Chair)
  • Dr Harriet Allen
  • Prof. Matthew Gandy
  • Dr Alex Jeffrey
  • Dr Emma Mawdsley
  • Prof. Saul Dubow
  • Dr Sian Lazar
  • Dr Adam Strange (Secretary)


Department: Chemistry

Position: University Lectureship in Theoretical Chemistry

Selection Committee Members:

  • Dr James Keeler (Chair)
  • Prof. David Wales
  • Prof. Stuart Althorpe
  • Dr Lucy Colwell
  • Prof. James Elliott
  • Prof. Christopher Ford
  • Dr Julia Riley
  • Dr Howard Jones (Secretary)


Department: Earth Sciences

Position: University Lectureship in Earth Sciences - three posts

Selection Committee Members:

  • Prof. Simon Redfern (Chair)
  • Prof. Nick Butterfield
  • Dr John Maclennan
  • Dr Alex Piotrowski
  • Prof. Nick Rawlinson
  • Dr Helen Williams
  • Dr Alex Archibald
  • Prof. Abir Al-Tabbaa
  • Dr Andy Buckley (Secretary)