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 Society - University Research Fellowships

Published on 24/07/2014 
Institute of Astronomy, University of Cambridge
Salary: 
Starting salary up to £38,165
Starting Date: 
1/10/2015
Tenure: 
Initially 5 years with a possible further extension of 3 years (see Royal Society for further details)

If you wish to apply for a Royal Society University Research Fellowship (URF) to be held at the Institute of Astronomy, in the first instance, you should make contact with a member of the Institute's Academic Staff who has related research interests to discuss the possibility of submitting a request for Institute support.

Applicants must have an appropriate level of experience (between 3 and 8 years of post-Ph.D. research experience at the time of application), significant research recognition (via publications and citations) and be able to demonstrate evidence of independence/leadership potential.

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.

The Institute's selection committee will begin reviewing applications early August and those interested are strongly advised to make an early application. In order to be considered, applications must reach the Institute of Astronomy by 9am Monday 18th August at the very latest.

The deadline for submission of applications to the Royal Society is Thursday 11th September 2014 but completed applications will have to be submitted on the e-GAP system by 5pm Wednesday 3rd September to give time for checking, approval and ultimate submission by Cambridge University Research Services Division.

Application Deadline Date: 
18 August 2014

STFC Ernest Rutherford Fellowship

Published on 24/07/2014 
Institute of Astronomy, University of Cambridge
Salary: 
£38,511 to £48,743
Starting Date: 
1/10/2015
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.

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.

The Institute's selection committee will begin reviewing applications from the middle of August and applications must be received no later than 9am Thursday 28th August 2014. Those interested are strongly advised to make an early application. All applicants will be informed of the outcome no later than Friday 10th September 2014.

The STFC closing date for submission of applications is Wednesday 25th September 2014 at 16:00 and all materials will need to have been submitted to the STFC via the JES system by 5pm Thursday 18th September 2014  to give time for checking, approval and ultimate submission by Cambridge University Research Services Division.

Application Deadline Date: 
28 August 2014

Gaia Alerts Software Developer (Fixed Term)

Published on 16/07/2014 
Institute of Astronomy, University of Cambridge
Reference: 
LG03843
Salary: 
£28,132-£36,661
Starting Date: 
As soon as possible
Tenure: 
2 years in the first instance

The Institute of Astronomy, University of Cambridge, has a vacancy for a Software developer to work in support of Science Alerts from the Gaia Satellite. This is a 2-year position (in the first instance) to develop a software framework which will enable community participation in the science exploitation of Gaia.

Application Information: 

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.

Applications should consist of a completed coversheet (CHRIS/6), covering letter and CV.

If you have any queries about your application please email jpm(at)ast.cam.ac.uk

Application Deadline Date: 
18 August 2014
Application Deadline Information: 
To be received by 5pm

Closed Vacancies

There are currently no listings of previously closed vacancies at the Institute of Astronomy.