Institute of Astronomy

Vacancies

The Institute of Astronomy offers a number of PhD and Masters opportunities each year. Details of these can be found on the admissions pages.

Current and previous employment opportunities at the Institute can be found below.

Open Vacancies

Kavli Institute Fellow (Fixed Term)

Published on 30/08/2016 
Institute of Astronomy, University of Cambridge
Reference: 
LG09831
Salary: 
£38,896-£49,230
Starting Date: 
1st October 2017
Tenure: 
The funds for this post are available for 5 years in the first instance.

The Kavli Institute for Cosmology, University of Cambridge (located at the West Cambridge site) is offering one senior Fellowship. The Kavli Institute Fellowship will be for five years starting in October 2017. Applicants must be experienced researchers and have a PhD in Astronomy or a related field and a proven track record of independent research in one, or more, of the research themes of the Kavli Institute (see www.kicc.cam.ac.uk), i.e.

Application Information: 

To apply online for this vacancy and to view further information about the role, please visit: http://www.jobs.cam.ac.uk/job/11129. This will take you to the role on the University’s Job Opportunities pages. There you will need to click on the 'Apply online' button and register an account with the University's Web Recruitment System (if you have not already) and log in before completing the online application form.

Please submit your application by midnight (GMT) of the closing date of Tuesday, 1st November 2016. If you have any queries about your application, please contact Ms Sandra Berner (kavlisec(at)ast.cam.ac.uk).

Please ensure that you upload your CV, covering letter, publications list and research statement in the upload section of the online application. If you upload any additional documents which have not been requested, we will not be able to consider these as part of your application. The names and contact details of three referees are a necessary part of the submission. Referees will be contacted automatically following an application but applicants are strongly advised to prepare nominated referees for the need to provide references by Tuesday, 15th November 2016 Please quote reference LG09831 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University values diversity and is committed to equality of opportunity.

The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK.

The IoA is committed to providing a family friendly environment for researchers and is ensuring that should parental leave be needed during the cour extension to contract to compensate for the parental leave taken.

Application Deadline Date: 
1 November 2016
Application Deadline Information: 
Applications to be received by midnight. GMT

Kavli Institute Junior Fellow (Fixed Term)

Published on 30/08/2016 
Institute of Astronomy, University of Cambridge
Reference: 
LG09856
Salary: 
£25,023-£37,768
Starting Date: 
1st October 2017
Tenure: 
The funds for this post are available for 3 years in the first instance.

The Kavli Institute for Cosmology, University of Cambridge (Located at the West Cambridge Site), is offering one junior research fellowship. The Kavli Institute Junior Fellowship will be for three years starting in October 2017. Applicants must have a PhD in Astronomy or a related field, or have submitted by the start date of the fellowship. The Junior Fellowship is aimed at early stage career researchers.

Application Information: 

To apply online for this vacancy and to view further information about the role, please visit: http://www.jobs.cam.ac.uk/job/11158. This will take you to the role on the University’s Job Opportunities pages. There you will need to click on the 'Apply online' button and register an account with the University's Web Recruitment System (if you have not already) and log in before completing the online application form.

Please submit your application by midnight (GMT) of the closing date of Tuesday, 1st November 2016. If you have any queries about your application, please contact Ms Sandra Berner (kavlisec(at)ast.cam.ac.uk).

Please ensure that you upload your CV, covering letter, publications list and research statement in the upload section of the online application. If you upload any additional documents which have not been requested, we will not be able to consider these as part of your application. The names and contact details of three referees are a necessary part of the submission. Referees will be contacted automatically following an application but applicants are strongly advised to prepare nominated referees for the need to provide references by Tuesday, 15th November 2016

Please quote reference LG09856 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University values diversity and is committed to equality of opportunity.

The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK.

The IoA is committed to providing a family friendly environment for researchers and is ensuring that should parental leave be needed during the course of employment, there is provision for extension to contract to compensate for the parental leave taken.

Application Deadline Date: 
1 November 2016
Application Deadline Information: 
Applications to be received by midnight. GMT

RAS Research Fellowships and Norman Lockyer Fellowships 2017

Published on 07/09/2015 
Institute of Astronomy, University of Cambridge
Salary: 
See RAS notes
Starting Date: 
October 2017
Tenure: 
3 years

The Institute of Astronomy welcomes applications from individuals for the Royal Astronomical Society Research Fellowship and Norman Lockyer Fellowship 2017 to be held at the Institute.

The RAS will award one RAS Research Fellowship and one Norman Lockyer Fellowship in 2017, to begin on 1 October 2017 or within 6 months thereafter. Each fellowship provides post-doctoral funding for up to three years.

The RAS Research Fellowship is offered to outstanding candidates to enable them 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 have been awarded their PhD between 1 October 2012 and 1 October 2017.

The Norman Lockyer Fellowship is awarded to enable an outstanding researcher to devote the majority of their time to research on an astronomical topic, including solar system and planetary science. The fellowship is open to those who hold a doctorate from a recognized institution of higher education at the time of taking up the award. Applicants must normally be 30 years of age or younger on 1 October of the year of appointment. Exceptions to the age limit may be made only in cases of e.g. maternity leave, career breaks, serious illness etc. Please enquire before applying.

Requests for the Institute to act as a host should be accompanied by a completed application form, CV, research proposal, publication list and the name of a member of the Institute of Astronomy's Academic Staff with whom the applicant has research interests in common.

The RAS deadline is 21 October 2016 but materials should be sent to  fellowships@ast.cam.ac.uk by 14 October 2016 at the very latest.

 

Application Deadline Date: 
14 October 2016

Closed Vacancies

Marie Sklodowska-Curie Individual Fellowships

Published on 11/06/2015 
Institute of Astronomy, University of Cambridge
Salary: 
See call documentation for details
Starting Date: 
01/10/2017
Tenure: 
Up to 24 Months

The Institute of Astronomy is pleased to invite expressions of interest from suitably qualified researchers who wish to apply for a Marie Sklodowska-Curie Individual Fellowship to be held within the Institute.

Eligibility information;

  • You must have a PhD (or at least 4 years research experience)
  • You must not have resided or worked in the UK for more than 12 months during the three years up to the submission deadline

Additionally, applicants are expected to have significant research recognition (via publications and citations) and be able to demonstrate evidence of independence/leadership potential.

Full details of eligibility and call documentation can be found on the European Commission website

In the first instance applicants should make contact with a member of the Institute’s Academic Staff who has related research interests to discuss the possibility of hosting the fellowship within the Institute.

Completed applications will have to be submitted through the European Commission’s EPSS system by 4pm GMT Wednesday 14th September 2016, but we would expect interested applicants to contact a member of our academic staff as soon as possible, and at the very latest by 5pm GMT Wednesday 24th August 2016.

 

Application Deadline Date: 
24 August 2016

STFC Ernest Rutherford Fellowship

Published on 09/06/2015 
Institute of Astronomy, University of Cambridge
Salary: 
£38,896 to £49,230
Starting Date: 
01/10/2017
Tenure: 
Up to 5 years

The Institute of Astronomy will offer to support a small number or quota of applications for the STFC Rutherford Fellowship scheme. Potential applicants should first contact a member of the Institute's Academic Staff to discuss the possibility of submitting a pre-application to the Institute's selection committee which will review requests.

The Rutherford Fellowships are highly competitive and suitable candidates will normally: i) currently hold a prize fellowship or, be employed on their second or third postdoctoral position following completion of their Ph.D., ii) be able to demonstrate a highly successful research record, including an impressive publication list and associated recognition - evident via a strong citation record and iii) have shown evidence of leadership within their research field and/or major research collaborations/projects. STFC also encourages applications from candidates who are intending to return to research from a career break (normally of at least two years).

Once applicants have engaged with a member of the Institute's Academic Staff, a pre-application may be made by submitting:

  •     cv
  •     publication list
  •     draft research proposal
  •     name and contact details of the proposed referee (personal reference)
  •     name of the IoA Staff member who has agreed to support the application.

Materials should be sent to fellowships@ast.cam.ac.uk with attachments as a single .pdf format file. STFC specify that documents must be submitted as pdf attachments in 11 point Arial font and have a minimum 2 cm margin.

The Institute's selection committee will begin reviewing applications from the middle of August and applications must be received no later than midnight Monday 15th August 2016. Those interested are strongly advised to make an early application. All applicants will be informed of the outcome no later than Thursday 25th August 2016.

The STFC closing date for submission of applications is 4pm Thursday 22nd September 2016. All materials will need to have been submitted to the STFC via the JES system by mid-night Monday 19th September 2016  to give time for checking, approval and ultimate submission by Cambridge University Research Services Division.

 

Application Deadline Date: 
15 August 2016