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 Associate (Fixed Term)

Published on 17/02/2017 
Institute of Astronomy, University of Cambridge
Reference: 
LG11462
Salary: 
£29,301-£38,183 p.a.
Starting Date: 
1st June 2017 or as soon as possible thereafter
Tenure: 
2 years in the first instance

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 2 years in the first instance.

The Institute of Astronomy, Cambridge University (West Cambridge site) has a vacancy for a Postdoctoral Research Associate to work within the Cambridge Astronomical Survey Unit (CASU). The survey unit 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 surveys (including WFCAM, VISTA and VST); current spectroscopic surveys such as Gaia-ESO on the VLT and the upcoming spectroscopic surveys on WEAVE and 4MOST; together with various space mission projects including PLATO and Euclid; developing pipelines tailored for the analysis of various oncological imaging data related to the IMAXT/CRUK Grand Challenge project; managing a data processing and archive centre.

The successful candidate will work within CASU and be responsible for contributing to the development and support of activities involved in the pipeline processing, calibration, database development and archiving of optical imaging and spectroscopic data. The position will also involve: liaising with project teams and external science users; troubleshooting and assessing processing and development problems; contributing to the documentation and user manuals; and collaborating on research programs to optimise interpretation and use of such survey data. Previous experience in large-scale imaging or spectroscopic surveys would be advantageous.

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) with publication record and covering letter and the contact details of three referees.

Please submit your application by midnight (GMT) of the closing date of 31st March 2017. Referees will be contacted and asked to provide references (to be received no later than 9th April 2017). If you have any queries about your application, please email jpm(at)ast.cam.ac.uk.

Informal enquiries may be made to Dr. Mike Irwin (mike(at)ast.cam.ac.uk) or Dr. Nicholas Walton (naw(at)ast.cam.ac.uk)

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 LG11462 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 March 2017
Application Deadline Information: 
Applications to be received by midnight. GMT

Royal Society Newton International Fellowships

Published on 17/02/2016 
Institute of Astronomy, University of Cambridge
Salary: 
See call documentation for details: £24,000 per annum for subsistence costs (Tax exempt)
Starting Date: 
Between 01 October 2017 and 31 March 2018
Tenure: 
2 Years

The Institute of Astronomy is pleased to invite expressions of interest from suitably qualified researchers who wish to apply for a Newton International Fellowship to be held at the Institute. The Newton International Fellowship scheme will select the very best early stage post-doctoral researchers from all over the world, and offer support for two years at UK research institutions. The grants of £24,000 per annum (Tax Free) to cover subsistence and up to £8,000 per annum to cover research expenses, plus a one-off relocation allowance of up to £2,000.

See https://royalsociety.org/grants-schemes-awards/grants/newton-international/ for further details.

The long-term aim of the scheme is to build a global pool of research leaders and encourage long-term international collaboration with the UK. The Newton International Fellowships scheme is run by The British Academy and the Royal Society. The Fellowships cover the broad range of physical, natural and social sciences and the humanities. They provide grants of £24,000 per annum to cover subsistence and up to £8,000 per annum to cover research expenses, plus a one-off relocation allowance of up to £2,000. In addition, Newton Fellows may be eligible for follow-up funding of up to £6,000 per annum for up to 10 years following the completion of the Fellowship. The Newton International Fellowships Scheme covers researchers in the following disciplines: physical sciences, natural sciences, social sciences, and the humanities. Please see the scheme notes for more information, including eligibility criteria and the application process.

  • Applications must be submitted by the applicant and approved by the host organisation by 23.59 GMT on the 22nd March 2017.

  • Interested applicants should make contact with us by 9th March at the latest, with the application ideally being submitted by 15th March 2017 to allow time for internal approval. 

  • 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.

 

Application Deadline Date: 
9 March 2017
Application Deadline Information: 
Applications must be submitted by the applicant and approved by the host organisation by 23.59 GMT on the 22nd March 2017

Closed Vacancies

Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851 Research Fellowship

Published on 10/10/2016 
Institute of Astronomy, University of Cambridge
Salary: 
Up to £32,600, see scheme notes for further details.
Starting Date: 
01/10/2017
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 5pm on 16 February 2017, however we ask that applicants make contact with us at least one month before this.

 

Application Deadline Date: 
16 January 2017