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

Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851 Research Fellowship

Published on 16/01/2018 
Institute of Astronomy, University of Cambridge
Salary: 
Up to £34,000, see scheme notes for further details.
Starting Date: 
01/10/2018
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 15 February 2018, however we ask that applicants make contact with us at least two weeks before this.

 

Application Deadline Date: 
1 February 2018

Administrative Assistant

Published on 15/01/2018 
Institute of Astronomy, University of Cambridge
Reference: 
LG14512
Salary: 
£25,728-£29,799
Starting Date: 
as soon as possible
Tenure: 
Permanent

Applications are invited for an Administrative Assistant to provide a wide range of secretarial and administrative support for the Institute of Astronomy. The post will be allocated to the Kavli Institute for Cosmology (KICC), and will include P.A. support for the Director of the KICC as well as events management, including conferences and workshops. Applicants will need a flexible approach to a variety of secretarial duties and be able to work on their own initiative.

Application Information: 

To apply online for this vacancy, please click on the 'Apply' button below. 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.

Please submit your application by midnight of the closing date of Sunday, 11th February 2018. If you have any queries about your application, please contact Ms Joy McSharry (jpm(at)ast.cam.ac.uk).

It is anticipated that interviews will take place during the week commencing 26 February.

Please quote reference LG14512 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: 
11 February 2018
Application Deadline Information: 
Applications to be received by midnight.

PhD Studentship - The Geology of Rocky Exoplanets

Published on 12/12/2017 
Institute of Astronomy, University of Cambridge
Salary: 
Stipend of £14,553 per annum
Starting Date: 
October 2018
Tenure: 
3.5 years

The Geology of Rocky Exoplanets

Dr. Amy Bonsor

Two Royal Society fully funded PhD Studentships (EU + UK students)

Application Information: 

Please follow the instructions given on the IoA's admissions page you can then apply for the PhD in Astronomy on the Graduate Admissions website

To apply for one of the studentships, include the text "I wish to be considered for one of the Royal Society studentships with Amy Bonsor" in Your Statement of Interest [Course specific questions section] of the application form.

It is also possible to be considered for an STFC-funded studentship simultaneously. To be considered for both include the text "I wish to be considered for one of the Royal Society studentships with Amy Bonsor and an STFC studentship" in Your Statement of Interest [Course specific questions section] of the application form.

Application Deadline Date: 
31 January 2018

CRUK Studentship: The Life and Evolution of Planetary Nebulae: segmentation and analysis applied to astronomical and oncological image data (Walton)

Published on 06/11/2017 
Institute of Astronomy, University of Cambridge
Reference: 
SW13860
Salary: 
Stipend of £19,000 per annum
Starting Date: 
October 2018
Tenure: 
3 years in the first instance

The Institute of Astronomy (IoA), a department of the University of Cambridge undertakes research covering a broad range of topics: solar, stellar, galactic and extragalactic astronomy both observational and theoretical. Postgraduate students play a key role in the continuing vibrancy of the Institute's research programmes and the Institute provides an excellent opportunity to start a research career in an environment committed to training outstanding astrophysicists of the future.

Application Information: 

How to apply: Please follow the instructions given on the IoA's admissions page you can then apply for the PhD in Astronomy on the Graduate Admissions website.

Completing the 'Research section': In the 'Research Title' textbox, when applying for this position please ensure that you insert the project title: "The Life and Evolution of Planetary Nebulae: segmentation and analysis applied to astronomical and oncological image data". Also in the 'Research Supervisor' textbox please insert the initials of the Supervisor: NAW. Please describe your research experience in the appropriate textbox.

Completing the 'Finance' section: We will know that you are applying for a Cancer Research UK Studentship. If you have not already applied for other source(s) of funding, please tick 'no'. Then please tick 'yes' to be considered for Cambridge scholarships, and you will be considered for these in addition to a Cancer Research UK Studentship.

Statement of Interest: Please quote CRUK Studentship

Reasons for applying: You should explain here why you wish to be considered for the studentship and describe the qualities and experience you would bring to the role.

Please upload your CV as an additional document.

Further information: Information concerning the Institute of Astronomy is at http://www.ast.cam.ac.uk.

While no nationality restrictions apply to this Cancer Research UK studentship the funding does not fully cover fees for students from Overseas. A further £60,000 would need to be secured from an alternative source.

Eligibility: Applications are invited from graduates or final year undergraduates who hold or expect to gain a first/upper second class degree (or equivalent) in a relevant subject from any recognised university worldwide.

Course start date: 01 October 2018.

Further details can be found at http://www.ast.cam.ac.uk/admissions/phd

Please quote reference SW13860 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: 
31 January 2018
Application Deadline Information: 
Applications to be received by midnight. GMT

Closed Vacancies

Kavli Institute Fellow in Exoplanets (Fixed Term)

Published on 31/10/2017 
Institute of Astronomy, University of Cambridge
Reference: 
L13849
Salary: 
£39,992-£50,618
Starting Date: 
October 2018
Tenure: 
5 years in the first instance

Three departments conducting research related to 'Exoplanets and life in the Universe', the Cavendish Laboratory, the Institute of Astronomy (IoA) which is inclusive of the Kavli Institute for Cosmology (KICC), and the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics (DAMTP) are offering a senior Fellowship in Exoplanets.

Application Information: 

To apply online for this vacancy, please click on 'Apply'. 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.

Please submit your application by midnight (GMT) of the closing date. If you have any queries about your application, please contact Ms Joy McSharry (jpm(at)ast.cam.ac.uk). Further information on Cambridge exoplanet research and the Fellowship can be obtained from the further particulards or from Professor Didier Queloz (dq212(at)cam.ac.uk).

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. Shortlisted candidates should expect to be interviewed during the last week of January 2018.

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 LG13849 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: 
20 December 2017
Application Deadline Information: 
Applications to be received by midnight. GMT

Kavli Institute Fellow (Fixed Term)

Published on 30/08/2017 
Institute of Astronomy, University of Cambridge
Reference: 
LG13032
Salary: 
£39,324-£49,772 p.a.
Starting Date: 
October 2018
Tenure: 
5 years in the first instance

Fixed-term: 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 2018. 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. We welcome applications from observers and theorists with interests relevant to one or more of the scientific themes of the Kavli Institute for Cosmology (see http://www.kicc.cam.ac.uk), i.e. the Cosmic Microwave Background and the early Universe, the formation and evolution of galaxies and of supermassive black holes, the Epoch of Cosmic Reionization, the intergalactic medium, large scale structures and precision cosmology, and Gravitational Waves.

The fellowship is targeted at experienced researchers who have the potential to become leaders in their fields. The successful applicant will be expected to conduct a programme of independent scientific research, but also collaborate with researches in Cambridge, prepare proposals to secure research resources (for example, access to high performance computing and major observing facilities), write scientific articles for publication in peer reviewed journals and contribute to the supervision of graduate students and outreach as requested by the Director of the Kavli Institute. Applicants must have excellent communication and computing skills.

Application Information: 

To apply online for this vacancy, please click on 'Apply'. 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.

Please ensure that you upload your CV, covering letter, publications list and research statement (3 pages maximum, 11pt fonts) 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 Monday, 30th October 2017. If you have any queries about your application, please contact Ms Sandra Berner (email kavlisec(at)ast.cam.ac.uk, telephone +44 (0) 1223 337516).

The closing date for application is midnight (BST or Daylight Saving Time) Thursday, 19th October 2017.

Please quote reference LG13032 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 department 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 (http://www.ast.cam.ac.uk/postdoc).

Application Deadline Date: 
19 October 2017
Application Deadline Information: 
Applications to be received by midnight.

IMAXT Astro-Medical Software/Database Developer (Fixed Term)

Published on 30/08/2017 
Institute of Astronomy, University of Cambridge
Reference: 
SW13124
Salary: 
£29,301-£38,183 p.a.
Starting Date: 
January 2018 or soon thereafter
Tenure: 
4 years in the first instance

This is an exciting opportunity for an ambitious software and database developer to work within the Cambridge Astronomical Survey Unit (CASU) at the Institute of Astronomy (IoA) at West Cambridge site as part of the IMAXT Cancer Research UK Grand Challenge Project Team. The post is located at the Institute of Astronomy, but the successful candidate will be expected to spend considerable time at the IMAXT project team office at Cambridge Institute, Cancer Research UK, Cambridge, situated on the Addenbrooke's Biomedical Campus in Cambridge (West Cambridge).

The Imaging and Molecular Annotation of Xenografts (IMAXT: see http://imaxt.cruk.cam.ac.uk) project will take an integrated approach in producing faithful three-dimensional maps of tumours and their host environment, wherein each cell is identified and molecularly annotated. These maps will be accessed in an interactive, virtual reality framework. This will provide an entirely new way for scientists and physicians to understand how cancer develops and predict its clinical behaviour.

CASU undertakes a range of activities in wide field astronomy including: developing and operating pipeline processing and analysis systems for optical and near-infrared mosaic imaging and spectroscopic surveys; together with various space mission projects including PLATO and Euclid and manages a data processing and archive centre.

Within IMAXT, CASU is responsible for developing high throughput pipelines to segment and align the various IMAXT imaging datasets. CASU will also manage the flow of reduced data, both images and catalogues into the central IMAXT database, and define the structure of this database.

Application Information: 

To apply online for this vacancy, please click on 'Apply'. 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.

Please ensure that you upload your Curriculum Vitae (CV) and covering letter and the contact details of two referees.

Please submit your application by midnight (BST or daylight saving time) of the closing date of Saturday 30th September 2017. The names and contact details of two referees are a necessary part of the submission. Referees of short-listed candidates will be contacted and asked to provide a reference before the interview date. It is anticipated that interviews will be held on Monday, 30th Oct 2017.

If you have any queries about your application, please contact Ms Joy McSharry by email jpm (at)ast.cam.ac.uk.

Further information can be obtained from Dr Nicholas Walton (naw(at)ast.cam.ac.uk)

Please quote reference SW13124 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: 
30 September 2017
Application Deadline Information: 
Applications to be received by midnight.