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

Research Assistant/Associate (Fixed Term) GAIA Sience Alerts

Published on 28/11/2016 
Institute of Astronomy, University of Cambridge
Reference: 
LG10867
Salary: 
£25,298 to £29,301 or £29,301 to £38,182 p.a.
Starting Date: 
January 2017 or later by negotiation
Tenure: 
31st March 2019

A Research Assistant/Associate position is immediately available at the Institute of Astronomy (West Cambridge site) to join the Gaia Science Alerts follow-up science team. The position has primary duties to help coordinate the spectroscopic follow-up observations and lead scientific analyses and publication of some of the wide range of astrophysical object discoveries being made by Gaia Alerts. These include supernovae, tidal disruption events, CVs, microlenses, and many as yet unclassified variable or transient sources. See https://gaia.ac.uk/alerts.

The postholder will join the IoA Cambridge Gaia Alerts team, and work in coordination with the Warsaw-based coordination activities and the consortium currently active in the field. https://www.ast.cam.ac.uk/ioa/wikis/gsawwiki/index.php/Main_Page (Note that this post is a separate position from the Gaia Alerts follow-up position for tenure from 10/2017 to 09/2020 - LG10499 also advertised with a closing date of 21st December 2016)

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/12272. 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 ensure that you upload your Curriculum Vitae (CV) research statement, publications list and a covering letter in the upload section of the online 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 midnight (GMT) Tuesday 10th January 2017.

Please submit your application by midnight (GMT) of the closing date of Monday, 3rd January 2017. If you have any queries about your application, please contact Ms Joy McSharry (jpm(at)ast.cam.ac.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.

Please quote reference LG10867 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.

Application Deadline Date: 
3 January 2017
Application Deadline Information: 
Applications to be received by midnight. GMT

University Lectureship in Exoplanetary Science

Published on 14/10/2016 
Institute of Astronomy, University of Cambridge
Reference: 
LB10363
Salary: 
£38,896-£49,230
Starting Date: 
generally be expected to start in October 2017.
Tenure: 
Permanent

The University of Cambridge invites applications for a lectureship in exoplanetary science to be appointed jointly by the Department of Earth Sciences and the Institute of Astronomy (IoA). This is a new post and is one of a number created under a major initiative by the School of the Physical Sciences to promote interdisciplinary activity in the Departments of the School. We are interested in candidates whose research is creative and innovative in the realm of Earth sciences, planetary sciences, and/or astronomy, and with high potential for interdisciplinary research in exoplanetary science. Candidates should have an outstanding record of research in a relevant subject area and will be expected to develop a vigorous research programme at an international level.

The Department of Earth Sciences has broad interests in the chemical evolution of the Earth and solar system, with major expertise across petrology, mineral physics, meteoritics, geochemistry, cosmochemistry, volcanology, and geophysics. The IoA conducts forefront research across the breadth of astrophysics and cosmology and has a strong programme in exoplanetary science spanning exoplanet detection, exoplanetary atmospheres and interiors, planetary system dynamics and minor bodies, debris disks, protoplanetary disks and planet formation. The IoA also has strong ties with exoplanet research at the Department of Physics as well as at the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics.

The successful applicant will be expected to contribute to the research activity of both Departments leading to interaction with academic staff across several areas, to supervise research students and to actively seek external funds to support their research. It is expected that the applicant's research programme will be firmly grounded in both Departments. The person appointed will also be expected to contribute to teaching in areas relevant to either Department at a teaching load comparable to that of colleagues in either Department. At introductory level they may be asked to teach outside their immediate field of specialisation. They will also contribute, as appropriate, to the academic administration of the Departments and the University, again at normal load. The Departments assist new academic staff as much as possible to establish their research in Cambridge.

It is expected that applicants will have a PhD in geosciences, planetary sciences, physics, astronomy, or an allied discipline relevant to exoplanetary science. The appointment will be made at an appropriate point on the scale for University Lecturers and will be for a probationary period of five years with appointment to the retiring age thereafter, subject to satisfactory performance. A University Lectureship is broadly equivalent to a tenure track Assistant Professorship in the US.

See also the departmental websites: http://www.esc.cam.ac.uk and http://www.ast.cam.ac.uk

To apply online for this vacancy, please click 'here'.This will route you to the University's Web Recruitment System, where you will need to register an account (if you have not already) and log in before completing the online application form.

Application Deadline Date: 
7 January 2017
Application Deadline Information: 
-

Postdoctoral Research Assistants/Research Associates in Observational, X-Ray and Theoretical Astrophysics

Published on 12/10/2016 
Institute of Astronomy, University of Cambridge
Reference: 
LG10499
Salary: 
£25,298 to £29,301 or £29,301 to £38,182 p.a.
Starting Date: 
1st October 2017
Tenure: 
Up to 3 years

Postdoctoral Research Assistants/Research Associates in Observational, X-Ray and Theoretical Astrophysics

The Institute of Astronomy (IoA) at the West Cambridge site expects to appoint postdoctoral researchers in the IoA's observational, X-ray and theoretical astrophysics programmes. The programmes are broadly defined and incorporate research undertaken by IoA faculty members. The research includes observational and theoretical work in: exoplanetary detection, atmospheres and interiors; formation and evolution of stars, their planetary systems and disks; protoplanetary discs; Gaia satellite Milky Way and science alerts followup science; near-field cosmology; star formation in external galaxies; accretion discs; formation and evolution of galaxies, supermassive black holes and AGN; quasar absorption lines and the intergalactic medium; gravitational lensing; X-ray studies of clusters of galaxies and active galaxies; feedback processes; cosmological hydrodynamic simulations; emergence of structure during the epoch of reionization.

Successful applicants will be expected to pursue research within the context of the overall programme and to develop a high degree of interaction with the faculty, postdoctoral researchers and research students; to conduct a highly competitive programme of scientific research, prepare proposals to secure research resources (for example, access to high performance computing, large telescopes, or other international facilities) and write scientific articles for publication in peer reviewed journals. Applicants must have excellent communication and computing skills.

Application Information: 

To apply online for this vacancy, please click on ‘Apply’ . This will route you the University’s Web Recruitment System, where you will need to register an account (if you have not already) and log in before completing the online application form.

Please ensure that you upload your Curriculum Vitae (CV) with publication record and research statement and covering letter, and the contact details of three referees. The names and contact details of the referees are a necessary part of the submission. Referees will be contacted following your application but applicants are strongly advised to prepare nominated referees for the need to provide references by the deadline of Monday, 9th January 2017 (Midnight) GMT.

Further information can be obtained from Professor Richard McMahon (rgm(at)ast.cam.ac.uk) or Professor Andy Fabian (acf(at)ast.cam.ac.uk) Enquiries may be sent to Ms Joy McSharry at: jpm(at)ast.cam.ac.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. 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.

Application Deadline Date: 
21 December 2016
Application Deadline Information: 
Applications to be received by midnight. GMT

Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851 Research Fellowship

Published on 10/10/2016 
Institute of Astronomy, University of Cambridge
Salary: 
Up to £32,600, see scheme notes for further details.
Starting Date: 
01/10/2017
Tenure: 
3 years

The Institute of Astronomy welcomes applications from individuals for the Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851 Research Fellowship to be held at the Institute.

1851 Research Fellowships are intended to give early career scientists or engineers of exceptional promise the opportunity to conduct a research project of their own instigation; an ultimate objective is to contribute to the knowledge base required for a healthy and innovative national culture. Around eight awards are made each year. The awards are for a duration of up to three years, subject to annual review.

Candidates must be in possession of a recent PhD, or equivalent qualification (normally with no more than 3 years postdoctoral experience) or be in the final stages of their PhD studies, which must be successfully completed before the award of a Fellowship can be confirmed. The research should be carried out at a different Institution from the one where the candidate’s PhD research was undertaken.

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.

The ultimate submission deadline is 5pm on 16 February 2017, however we ask that applicants make contact with us at least one month before this.

 

Application Deadline Date: 
16 January 2017

Closed Vacancies

University Lecturer in Astrostatistics

Published on 14/10/2016 
Institute of Astronomy, University of Cambridge
Reference: 
LG10376
Salary: 
£38,896-£49,230
Starting Date: 
-
Tenure: 
Permanent

To be held jointly in the Department of Pure Mathematics and Mathematical Statistics and either the Department of Physics or the Institute of Astronomy

Applications are invited for the post of University Lecturer in Astrostatistics. Astrostatistics is the application of statistics to solve the challenges posed by massive and complex datasets in modern astrophysics. This is an inter-disciplinary field in which advances in astrophysics and statistics are obtained by the analysis and interpretation of astronomical datasets.

Applications are invited in any area of astrostatistics, including its theoretical, methodological and computational aspects. The field includes computational statistics, inference, algorithm development, machine learning, data mining, pattern recognition, data visualization, signal processing and parameter estimation.

This is a new post and is one of a number created under a major initiative by the School of the Physical Sciences to promote inter-disciplinary activity in the Departments of the School. The successful candidate will be a member of the Statistical Laboratory in the Department of Pure Mathematics and Mathematical Statistics. The candidate may choose to be a member of either the Department of Physics or the Institute of Astronomy depending on research interests.

The successful candidate will hold a PhD in statistics or astronomy or physics or a cognate subject, will have a track record of excellent research publications, & will be expected to lead and pursue a research program of the highest standard. It is expected that their research programme will be firmly grounded in both departments.

The successful candidate will be committed to teaching and will be expected to contribute to the teaching programmes of both Departments at undergraduate and graduate level. (The total teaching load is expected to be no greater than that of colleagues appointed to single Departments.) They will contribute, as appropriate, to the academic administration of the Departments and the University.

For more information about this post, click on the 'Further information' and 'University Lecturer Generic Profile' links below.

To apply online for this vacancy and to view further information about the role, please visit: http://www.jobs.cam.ac.uk/job/11738. 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.

Application Deadline Date: 
7 December 2016
Application Deadline Information: 
Applications to be received by midnight. GMT

Royal Society - Dorothy Hodgkin Fellowships

Published on 07/03/2016 
Institute of Astronomy, University of Cambridge
Salary: 
Starting salary up to £39,708.70
Starting Date: 
01/10/2017
Tenure: 
5 years

The Institute of Astronomy is pleased to invite expressions of interest from suitably qualified researchers who wish to apply for a Royal Society Dorothy Hodgkin Fellowship to be held within the Institute.

This fellowship scheme is aimed at outstanding scientists in the UK at an early stage of their research career (have completed your PhD but have no more than 6 years of research experience post PhD by the closing date of the round) who require a flexible working pattern due to personal circumstances such as parenting or caring responsibilities or health issues.

The Society’s fellowships are highly flexible and part-time working, sabbaticals and secondments can be accommodated. There is also provision for maternity, paternity, adoptive or extended sick leave.

Funding for 5 years is provided, which covers the applicants salary as well as research expenses (up to £13,000 for the first year and up to £11,000 annually thereafter)

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.

All applicants should inform David Savidge in the IoA finance office of their intent to apply by Monday 7th November 2016.

Royal Society's ultimate submission deadline is Thursday 24th November. Further details and scheme notes are available on Royal Society's website;

 https://royalsociety.org/grants-schemes-awards/grants/dorothy-hodgkin/

 

Application Deadline Date: 
7 November 2016