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)

Published on 19/05/2017 
Institute of Astronomy, University of Cambridge
Reference: 
LG12177
Salary: 
£25,298 to £29,301 or £29,301 to £38,183 p.a.
Starting Date: 
1st September 2017 or as soon as possible thereafter
Tenure: 
2 years in the first instance

This is an exciting opportunity for an ambitious data scientist to work within the LSST programme at the Institute of Astronomy, (West Cambridge).

LSST will transform observational astrophysics. The 8.4m telescope set to commence full science operations in 2022, will survey the visible sky every few nights in six optical bands to address four key science themes:Constraining the nature of dark energy and dark matter, making an inventory of small moving bodies in the Solar System, exploring the transient optical sky, and determining the accretion history of the Milky Way.

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/13703. 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, publication record and covering letter. Please submit your application by midnight of the closing date of 30th June 2017. The names and contact details of three 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.
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 Vasily Belokurov (vasily(at)ast.cam.ac.uk) or Professor Richard
McMahon (rgm(at)ast.cam.ac.uk).

Please quote reference LG12177 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy. 

The IoA is commited to providing a family friendly environment for researchers and is ensuring that should paretnal 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 diverstiy 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 U.K.

Application Deadline Date: 
30 June 2017
Application Deadline Information: 
Applications to be received by midnight. GMT

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

Published on 12/05/2017 
Institute of Astronomy, University of Cambridge
Reference: 
LG12135
Salary: 
£29,301-£38,183 p.a.
Starting Date: 
1st September 2017 or as soon as possible thereafter
Tenure: 
4 years in the first instance

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 4 years in the first instance. Starting Date: From 1st September 2017 or as early as possible thereafter.

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) in West Cambridge 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 team office at Cambridge Institute, Cancer Research UK, Cambridge, situated on the Addenbrooke's Biomedical Campus also in 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  '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 ensure that you upload your Curriculum Vitae (CV) and covering letter and the contact details of two referees.

Please submit your application by midnight of the closing date of 30th June 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 between 20th and 26th July 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) Tel 01223 337503

Please quote reference LG12135 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 June 2017
Application Deadline Information: 
Applications to be received by midnight. GMT

Closed Vacancies

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