Keele Astrophysics Group

Welcome to the Keele Astrophysics Group which is part of the School of Chemical and Physical Sciences and the Faculty of Natural Sciences.

The Keele Astrophysics group currently consists of 11 academic staff members, with research interests including star formation and stellar clusters, late stellar evolution, massive stars and their impact on the early universe, the interstellar medium, binary stars, interacting binary stars, and the detection of extra-solar planets.

Research Associate in High Energy Astrophysics

Keele University is looking to appoint a Research Associate to work with Dr James Reeves and colleagues within the Astrophysics Group at Keele University to pursue a research program on X-ray and high-energy observations of Active Galactic Nuclei. One of the key topics of the research will be on spectroscopy and variability of AGN using contemporary X-ray datasets from Chandra, XMM-Newton, NuSTAR and Swift. In particular the focus of the research will be on AGN outflows and the broad-band emission and variability of the AGN central engine. You will be encouraged to develop your own research program, exploiting existing observations as well as proposing for and utilising new data.

You should have a PhD in astrophysics or a related area (or be close to completion) and should have a demonstrated aptitude for research. Experience of research in high-energy astrophysics and/or studies of Active Galactic Nuclei are essential.

This post is fixed-term until 30 November 2018. The likely starting date for the post is 1 December 2016 or shortly thereafter.

To apply please visit or email for informal enquiries.

Stardome project wins national widening participation and outreach award

THE Awards

The Astrophysics group's "Stardome", a portable planetarium for schools, developed by Prof Rob Jeffries using funding from the STFC and Keele's alumni fund, won the Times Higher Education Supplement Widening Participation and Outreach initiative of the year award.

The 6-m diameter inflatable planetarium is taken to around 35 local schools and 4000 school pupils per year by Prof Jeffries and a team of "Keele student ambassadors". The project is administered by Keele's widening participation team. Pupils learn about the cosmos, stellar evolution, the search for alien life and Keele's role in discovering exoplanetary systems around other stars.

Too big for its boots: black hole is 30 times expected size

The central supermassive black hole of a recently discovered galaxy is far larger than should be possible, according to current theories of galactic evolution. New work, carried out by astronomers at Keele University and the University of Central Lancashire, shows that the black hole is much more massive than it should be, compared to the mass of the galaxy around it.

See this press release

Work-experience schoolboy discovers new planet

A 15-yr-old schoolboy has discovered a new planet orbiting a star 1000 light years away in our galaxy. Tom Wagg was doing work-experience at Keele when he spotted the planet by finding a tiny dip in the light of a star as a planet passed in front of it - a story that has been headline news in papers and on radio and tv nationally and around the globe.

For further information see our press release.

Check out this movie of WASP-142b created by Sophie Barlow (Sir Thomas Boughey co-operative School) during her Work Experience with the Astrophysics Group