STFC Ernest Rutherford Fellowships

2024 STFC Ernest Rutherford Fellowships opportunity

School of Physics and Astronomy, University of St Andrews

Starting Date:   1 October 2025

Tenure:   Up to five years

The School of Physics and Astronomy will support two applications for the STFC Ernest Rutherford Fellowship scheme. We encourage applicants working in all relevant fields to STFC research who would enhance or complement research undertaken in the School. We encourage researchers with diverse career paths to apply, for example seeking to resume their research career after a career break.

Please note, there have been changes to the documents and the guidance for applicants. Please see the website.

A pre-application should be made by submitting the following documents by Friday 28 June 2024 17:00h to [email protected]:

  • a Résumé for Research and Innovation (R4RI) following the template provided on the UKRI website.
  • either a 2-page outline of the proposed research, or a draft case of support.

All applicants will be informed of the outcome on 11 July 2024 by 17:00h.
As per STFC rules, candidates will not be asked to accept an offer to be hosted by St Andrews before the 17 July. This ensures candidates who submit pre-applications to multiple host organisations have enough time to make an informed decision.

The successful pre-application candidates will be provided with support and advice to improve their applications before submission to STFC. If selected for interview, the School will also arrange mock interviews to maximise their chance of success.

The STFC closing date for submission of applications is Tuesday 1 October 2024 at 16:00 hours UK time, although a slightly earlier submission by the candidates will be required to ensure sufficient time for the University of St Andrews admin team to accept the submission.

The Rutherford Fellowships are very competitive. Successful past applicants typically have 4-9 years of post-doctoral experience in their field, have a strong past research record and can demonstrate leadership in their field and/or major research collaborations or projects. Please read the assessment criteria in the call documentation to understand whether you are likely to be competitive. If you have any doubts, please contact a member of staff in your field at the University of St Andrews.

Pre-Application Deadline Date:  Friday 28 June 2024, 17:00h




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School of Physics and Astronomy
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