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School of Physics Ad Astra Fellows Call 2021/22

UCD School of Physics
Dublin, Ireland
Closing date
14 Feb 2022
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The School of Physics delivers a full spectrum of academic undergraduate (Physics, Physics with Astronomy & Space Science, and Theoretical Physics) and taught postgraduate education, with 1 year Taught MScs offered in a range of areas including Space Science and Technology, Medical Physics, Nano-Bio Science and Nano-Technology, Computational Physics and Theoretical Physics. The School has active research groups in various fundamental and applied branches of physics.

Candidates are expected to contribute fully to the teaching and learning of physics at both undergraduate and postgraduate level, to execute a dynamic research programme preferably aligned to one of the School’s research centres (CPHM: Physics in Health and MedicineC-Space: Space ResearchC-QuEST: Quantum Engineering, Science and Technology) and to provide academic contributions and leadership to their discipline, the School of Physics, the College of Science and the University.

The School is proud to be an Institute of Physics Juno Practitioner, fostering a collaborative, more inclusive working environment. We welcome applications that reflect the diversity in our global society. The School of Physics, in common with UCD more broadly, is committed to creating an inclusive environment where diversity is celebrated, and everyone is afforded equality of opportunity. For example, any career breaks during a successful Ad Astra Fellow’s term will be taken into consideration when the possibility of permanency is considered after a four-year review of performance.

In the School, the promotion of an inclusive environment is championed by the Equality, Diversity and Inclusion EDI group. UCD offers a wide range of supports (including those for parents, staff with disabilities, and/or from the LGBTQ+ community). We encourage applicants to consult this website for more details:

During the last round of Ad Astra appointments, three Fellow’s were welcomed into the School of Physics: Assistant Professors Nuala Caffrey, Rebeca Garcia-Lopez, and Antonio Martin-Carrillo and you can read their experiences here

More information about this Ad Astra Fellows round can be found at and a direct link to the application page can be found at here.

Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions in relation to this Ad Astra Fellows’ call.


UCD featured imageUniversity College Dublin hosts more than 26,000 students based in six colleges, of which 6000 are international students and 1500 are PhD students. The university is situated on a large modern campus located about 4 km south of the centre of Dublin. The College of Science comprises seven Schools: Biology and Environmental Science; Biomolecular and Biomedical Science; Chemistry; Computer Science; Earth Sciences; Mathematics and Statistics; and Physics.

Why study with us
The UCD School of Physics has a strong reputation for excellence in research and teaching, attracting students and staff of the highest international quality. The mission of the School of Physics is to promote knowledge and cultural and economic advancement, through excellence in research and teaching in physics (and related fields). The School is highly research active, in fundamental physics, quantum science, space-related activities and physics for health and medicine. It is one of the leading schools of physics in Ireland.

Objectives of the school include:

  • To continue to provide first-class education at undergraduate and postgraduate levels in which teaching is delivered by research-active academic staff to equip graduates for careers in physics and in a wide range of related disciplines.
  • To conduct excellent research in the school by establishing a critical mass of top-quality research teams and through increased funding from external sources.
  • To strengthen existing collaborations and develop new research links with international centres of excellence in physics and science in general.

The UCD School of Physics is committed to being an inclusive, collegial and diverse environment in which all staff and students, regardless of gender, civil or family status, sexual orientation, religion, age, disability, race or membership of the Traveller community, are respected and valued, and given the necessary support to overcome barriers and to achieve their full academic potential. University College Dublin and UCD School of Physics are committed to fairness, consistency and transparency in selection decisions.

Graduate schemes
We offer MSc taught programmes in space science and technology; applied mathematics and theoretical physics; computational physics; medical physics; nanobioscience; nanotechnology; and physics.

We are also recruiting for PhD or MSc (research). Scholarships currently open: Thomas Preston Scholarship (PhD only); SIRAT Scholarship (PhD and MSc by research). 

Dublin, Ireland

Number of researchers
30 academic; 16 research; 13 administration/technical/other; 50 PhD students

Eligible to study in the EU

How to apply
Taught MSc:
PhD/MSc (research):
Currently recruiting:

Tel +353 1 716 2210

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+353 1 716 2210
Science North
Dublin 4
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