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Call for applications for the Norman Lockyer Fellowship and RAS Research Fellowship

The RAS will award one Norman Lockyer Fellowship and one RAS Research Fellowship to start in 2014. <p >Full details of the fellowships are provided in the pdfNorman Lockyer Fellowship terms and conditions, and the pdfRAS Research Fellowship terms and conditions. It is possible to apply for both Fellowships. Instructions on how to apply are on the pdfapplication form. The deadline for applications is 9:00am, 18 October 2013.


Norman Lockyer Fellowships

The Sir Norman Lockyer Fellowship is awarded every three years to enable an outstanding research worker to devote the majority of his/her time to research an astronomical topic including Solar System and Planetary Science.

The Sir Norman Lockyer Fellowship is open to those who hold a doctorate from a recognized institution of higher education at the time of taking up the award. Fellows will normally be 30 years of age or younger on 1 October of the year of appointment.

The pay scale will be calculated from the Grade 7 range of the Single Pay Spine of the UK’s HE Framework Agreement, taking into account age and incorporating annual increments. The final salary level will be confirmed by consultation between the host institute and the RAS.

 

RAS Research Fellowships

The purpose of the RAS Research Fellowships is to enable outstanding candidates to pursue research in the UK in the disciplines advanced by the RAS i.e. Astronomy, Solar System Science, Geophysics and closely related branches of these sciences.

Applicants must either:

  • have a recognized PhD degree (or equivalent) obtained after 1 October 2009 or
  • have taken the viva examination by the application deadline (9:00am, 18 October 2013) and expect to be awarded a PhD degree by the Fellowship start date (1 October 2014).

Only one RAS Research Fellowship may be held in the same university (as listed by UCAS) at any one time (see below for details of current RAS Research Fellows).

The pay scale will be calculated from the Grade 7 range (spine point 29 to spine point 37) of the Single Pay Spine of the UK’s HE Framework Agreement, taking into account age and incorporating annual increments.  The final salary level will be confirmed by consultation between the host institute and the RAS.

 

Conditions for both Fellowships

Applicants may be of any nationality, however, employment will be through the host institution. In this respect, the applicant is asked to indicate their residency status with respect to the UK in order that, if necessary, it can be confirmed that they will be able to work at the institution concerned.

The Norman Lockyer and RAS Research Fellowships will be awarded for up to a period of three years beginning on 1st October 2014 (or within 6 months thereafter).

The award is in the form of a grant to the institution at which the fellow is based. The RAS will fund only directly incurred costs, and not overheads (including bench fees or 'Full Economic Costs'). Applications will need to be certified by an authorised person at the institution at which the fellowship will be held confirming acceptance of this condition.

A further £2,000 per annum may be claimed for costs incurred in attending meetings and conferences or for other items related to the research. In addition, the RAS will meet the cost of Employers National Insurance contributions and make an additional payment, where appropriate, to a Fellow's personal pension plan.

 

Current and Past RAS Research Fellows

 

Name Institution Research Dates

Dr Benjamin Davies

University of Cambridge/Liverpool John Moores

Mapping the Star-Forming History of Galaxies

November 2010 - October 2013

Dr Thomas Kitching

University of Edinburgh

High Precision Dark Universe Cosmology with 3D Gravitational Lensing

January 2011 -September 2011

Dr Caitriona Jackman

University College London/University of Southampton

Energy Release from Magnetospheres

January 2013 - December 2013

Dr Baojiu Li

University of Durham

Cosmology, Dark Energy Theories (Theoretical, Phenomenolgical, Numerical & Statistical Studies)

February 2012 - January 2015

Dr Aline de Almeida Vidotto

University of St Andrews

Interaction between Exoplanets and the Winds of their Host Stars (Numerical Modelling & Magnetic Shield)

October 2011 - September 2014

Dr Sarah Badman

University of Leicester/Lancaster University

The Goldilocks hypothesis of planetary magnetospheres: discovering a balance between internally- and externally-driven dynamics at Jupiter, Mercury and Saturn

March 2013 - February 2016

Dr Nick Wright

University of Hertfordshire

The Dynamics of Young Star Clusters

October 2012 - September 2015

Dr Richard Parker

Liverpool John Moores University

The Origin of the Galactic Field

March 2014 - March 2017

Dr John Armitage

Royal Holloway, University of London

Deciphering the sedimentary record: tectonic vs climate change

September 2013 - August 2016

Current and Past Norman Lockyer Fellows

 

Name Institution Research Dates

Dr Iossif Lapidus (deceased)

IoA, University of Cambridge

December 1992 - December 1995

Dr Alastair Rucklidge

DAMTP, University of Cambridge

Convection in Sunspots

October 1995 – September 1998

Dr Clare Parnell

University of St Andrews

How does the Solar Magnetic Carpet Heat the Corona?

October 1998 – September 2001

Dr Jane Greaves

Royal Observatory Edinburgh

Searching for the signatures of extrasolar planets

October 2001 – September 2004

Dr Roberto Trotta

University of Oxford

Precision cosmology and astrophysics with CMB and other data sets

April 2005 – March 2008

Dr Mark Swinbank

Durham University

Spatially Resolved Studies of Young Galaxies

October 2008 – September 2011

Dr Adam Christopherson

University of Nottingham

Constraining the Universe using Non-Linear Cosmological Perturbation Theory

October 2011 - September 2014