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

Leverhulme Trust/Isaac Newton Trust Early Career Fellowship

Published on 22/11/2017 
Institute of Astronomy, University of Cambridge
Salary: 
£31,604 - £38,833
Starting Date: 
Between 1 September 2018 and 1 May 2019
Tenure: 
3 Years

The Institute of Astronomy is pleased to support up to three applications for the Isaac Newton Trust/Leverhulme Trust Early Career 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.

Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellowships aim to provide career development opportunities for those who are at a relatively early stage of their academic careers, but who have a proven record of research. The expectation is that Fellows should undertake a significant piece of publishable work during their tenure.

Applications are invited from those with a doctorate who submitted their doctoral thesis for viva voce examination not more than four years prior to the Leverhulme Trust application closing date on 1 March 2018. All candidates must hold a doctorate or have equivalent research experience by the time they take up the Fellowship. Those who are or have been registered for a doctorate at any time may apply only if they have submitted their doctoral thesis by the closing date of 4pm on 1 March 2018.

Applicants who have not already moved institutions in the course of their academic career (i.e., between their undergraduate degree and current position) should nominate a new host institution, or otherwise demonstrate clear evidence of the academic and/or personal reasons for remaining at the same institution, such as access to highly specialist equipment or a highly specialised research team.

The Leverhulme Trust offer 50% funding for the salary costs of the three-year early career fellowship position, as well as research funds of up to £6,000 per annum. The Isaac Newton Trust is the main Cambridge University body offering matching funding for the remaining 50% salary cost. The Institute of Astronomy is allowed to support up to three Isaac Newton Trust applications per year.

A “three-stage” application process is therefore required, with applicants first submitting a pre-application to the Institute of Astronomy for support. Supported applicants will then apply to the Isaac Newton Trust for matched funding. If approved, applicants would then apply to the Leverhulme Trust for the full fellowship. All application stages have to be successful to be awarded the fellowship.

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

  • Isaac Newton Trust cover sheet
  • CV (not exceeding two sides)
  • A list of your major publications (maximum one side)
  • A statement of your current research (maximum 250 words)
  • A detailed statement of your proposed research (maximum two sides)
  • Name and contact details of your two proposed referees
  • Name of the IoA Staff member who has agreed to support the pre-application

Materials should be sent to fellowships@ast.cam.ac.uk with attachments as a single .pdf format file.

Applicants should also request that their endorsing IoA academic staff member send a statement in support of their application to the same e-mail address by the same deadline.

The Institute's selection committee will begin reviewing applications towards the end of December and pre-applications must be received no later than midnight on Friday 15 December. Those interested are strongly advised to make an early application. All applicants will be informed of the outcome no later than 22 December.

The Isaac Newton Trust closing date for submission of applications is 15 January 2018.

 

Application Deadline Date: 
15 December 2017

Research Assistant/Associate in Observational, X-ray and Theoretical Astrophyiscs (Fixed Term)

Published on 13/11/2017 
Institute of Astronomy, University of Cambridge
Reference: 
LG13837
Salary: 
£25,728-£29,799 or £31,604-£38,833
Starting Date: 
October 2018
Tenure: 
3 years in the first instance

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for up to 3 years in the first instance.

Application Information: 

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

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 can be obtained from Professor Richard McMahon (rgm(at)ast.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. The names and contact details of three 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 midnight (GMT) Monday, 8th January 2018.

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

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 recent 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

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

Research Assistant(s)/Associate(s) (Fixed Term)

Published on 27/10/2017 
Institute of Astronomy, University of Cambridge
Reference: 
LG13723
Salary: 
£25,728 - £30,688 or £31,604 - £38,833
Starting Date: 
as soon as possible
Tenure: 
thee years from date of appointment

The Institute of Astronomy (IoA), Cambridge University (West Cambridge site) expects to appoint one or more postdoctoral researcher(s) to work with the newly appointed Plumian Professor, Prof. Christopher Reynolds, on theoretical topics related to black hole astrophysics. The studies to be pursued include the physics of black hole accretion disks, the interactions of active galactic nuclei (AGN) with galactic/cluster-scale structure, and the plasma physics of the hot plasma in galaxy clusters.

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/15433. 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. If you have any queries about your
application, please contact Ms Joy McSharry (jpm(at)ast.cam.ac.uk). Further information can be obtained from Professor Christopher Reynolds (csr12(at)ast.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. References will be sought for shortlisted candidates.

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 LG13723 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: 
15 December 2017
Application Deadline Information: 
Applications to be received by midnight. GMT

Closed Vacancies

Research Assistant/Associate (Fixed Term)

Published on 13/10/2017 
Institute of Astronomy, University of Cambridge
Reference: 
LG13590
Salary: 
£25,728 - £30,688 or £31,604 - £38,833
Starting Date: 
from 1st April 2018
Tenure: 
6 months

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 6 months in the first instance. The position is available from 1st April 2018.

The Institute of Astronomy (IoA), Cambridge University (West Cambridge site) expects to appoint a postdoctoral researcher to work on the theme "Black holes and their host galaxies: coevolution across cosmic time". This is a European Research Council funded position working with Dr Debora Sijacki, the P.I. of the project. The study encompasses a wide range of issues relating to black hole and galaxy formation at high redshifts, their cosmic evolution to the present day and the impact of supermassive black holes on galaxy clusters and groups. The research will involve extensive hydrodynamical simulations as well as linkage to observational data. Substantial experience in hydrodynamical modelling is thus highly desirable for this position.

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 can be obtained from Dr Debora Sijacki (deboras(at)ast.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. 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 Midnight (GMT) Monday, 4th December 2017.

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 LG13590 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 November 2017
Application Deadline Information: 
Applications to be received by midnight. GMT

Research Assistant/Associate

Published on 29/09/2017 
Institute of Astronomy, University of Cambridge
Reference: 
LG13472
Salary: 
£25,728 - £30,688 (Research Assistant) £31,604 - £38,833 (Research Associate) p.a.
Starting Date: 
-
Tenure: 
31st August 2021

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available until 31 August 2021.

The Institute of Astronomy (IoA), Cambridge University (West Cambridge site) expects to appoint a postdoctoral researcher to work on the theme "Black holes and their host galaxies: coevolution across cosmic time". This is a European Research Council funded position working with Dr Debora Sijacki, the P.I. of the project. The study encompasses a wide range of issues relating to black hole and galaxy formation at high redshifts, their cosmic evolution to the present day and the impact of supermassive black holes on galaxy clusters and groups. The research will involve extensive hydrodynamical simulations as well as linkage to observational data. Substantial experience in hydrodynamical modelling is thus highly desirable for this position.

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 can be obtained from Dr Debora Sijacki (deboras(at)ast.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. 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 Midnight (GMT) Monday, 4th December 2017.

Please quote reference LG13472 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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: 
20 November 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.