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 30/08/2017 
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.

Newton-Kavli Junior Fellow (Fixed Term)

Published on 30/08/2017 
Institute of Astronomy, University of Cambridge
Reference: 
LG13025
Salary: 
£25,298-£38,183
Starting Date: 
October 2018
Tenure: 
3 years in the first instance

Fixed-term: 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 starting a new programme of Newton-Kavli Junior Fellowships in Cosmology and Astrophysics. The Fellowship programme is jointly supported by the Isaac Newton Trust and by the Kavli Foundation. Within this context the Institute is offering one junior research fellowship for three years starting in October 2018.

Applicants must have a PhD in Astronomy or a related field, or have submitted by the start date of the fellowship. Applicants must be at an early stage of their research career. We welcome applicants 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 successful applicant will be expected to develop research objectives and conduct collaborative scientific research, write up research work for publication and presentations, and may be involved in one of more of the various research projects associated with the Kavli Institute. The successful applicant may be requested to assist with 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: 

Further information on the Kavli Institute and the Fellowship can be obtained from the further particulars or from Professor Roberto Maiolino, email director(at)kicc.cam.ac.uk .

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 (2 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 LG13025 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.

RAS Research Fellowships 2018

Published on 07/09/2015 
Institute of Astronomy, University of Cambridge
Salary: 
See RAS notes
Starting Date: 
October 2018
Tenure: 
3 years

The Institute of Astronomy welcomes applications from individuals for the Royal Astronomical Society Research Fellowship 2018 to be held at the Institute.

The RAS will award two RAS Research Fellowships in 2018, to begin on 1 October 2018 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 2013 and 1 October 2018.

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 20 October 2017 but materials should be sent to  fellowships@ast.cam.ac.uk by 13 October 2017 at the very latest.

Application Deadline Date: 
13 October 2017

Closed Vacancies

STFC Ernest Rutherford Fellowship

Published on 10/07/2017 
Institute of Astronomy, University of Cambridge
Salary: 
£39,324 to £49,772
Starting Date: 
01/10/2018
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.

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 from the middle of August and pre-applications must be received no later than midnight Monday 14th August 2017. Those interested are strongly advised to make an early application. All applicants will be informed of the outcome no later than Thursday 24th August 2017.

The STFC closing date for submission of applications is 4pm Thursday 21st September 2017. All materials will need to have been submitted to the STFC via the JES system by 5pm Thursday 14th September 2017 to give time for checking, approval and ultimate submission by Cambridge University Research Services Division.

 

Application Deadline Date: 
14 August 2017