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

Computer Officer (Fixed Term)

Published on 21/03/2017 
Institute of Astronomy, University of Cambridge
Reference: 
LG11740
Salary: 
£29,301 - £38,183
Starting Date: 
as soon as possible
Tenure: 
3 years

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

There is an opportunity for an articulate, well-organised, self-motivated and proactive individual with excellent problem-solving abilities to join the IT support team at the Institute of Astronomy.

The Institute's computing resources include Redhat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) servers and desktops, NetApp fileservers, some Windows servers and desktops, Mac desktops, and printers integrated into a coherent computing environment. Astronomical data processing and mathematical modelling are mainly carried out on RHEL systems. The IT support team are responsible for operating systems, application installation and user support in this scientific computing environment. The team also supports the departmental websites, mailserver, relational databases and a large number of hardware peripherals including 100TB-scale RAID arrays for data and document storage. Administrative support staff predominantly use Windows.

The role-holder will be one of five Computer Officers at the Institute, providing support to around 200 academic staff, postdoctoral researchers, postgraduate research students and administrative support staff in five buildings on a single site. The team provides a world-class scientific computing environment, and supports users at all technical levels, recording transactions using specialist helpdesk software. In addition to infrastructure support and service development, the role holder will be expected to spend 20-30% of their time in the helpdesk office providing front-line support, including support of AV systems in meeting rooms and the lecture theatre.

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/13229. 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) and covering letter and the contact details of two referees.

Please submit your application by midnight of the closing date of 13th April 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.

Interviews will be held in the first week of May. If you have any queries about your application, please email jpm(at)ast.cam.ac.uk.

Please quote reference LG11740 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: 
13 April 2017
Application Deadline Information: 
Applications to be received by midnight. GMT

GAIA Software Developer (Fixed Term)

Published on 22/02/2017 
Institute of Astronomy, University of Cambridge
Reference: 
LG11512
Salary: 
£29,301-£38,183 p.a.
Starting Date: 
as soon as possible
Tenure: 
to 31st March 2018 in the first instance

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available until 31 March 2018 in the first instance.

The Institute of Astronomy (University of Cambridge) at the West Cambridge site seeks a Java Software Developer to work as a member of the Data Processing and Analysis Consortium for the European Space Agency's Gaia project (http://sci.esa.int/gaia and http://www.gaia.ac.uk for the UK involvement in Gaia). The local Gaia team is composed of about fifteen scientists and IT professionals.

The post-holder will work as part of the local DPCI (Cambridge Data Processing Centre) team of scientists/developers on data processing software for the ground segment of the mission, implementing data processing infrastructure components and algorithms for the calibration and removal of instrumental signatures from the scientific data generated by the satellite.

The post-holder will have a relevant degree (computer science, maths or a science with significant computing content). A deep mathematical understanding and strong linear-algebra skills are essential for this post. Experience with development and implementation of algorithms (for large-scale distributed processing of data) and statistical analysis of large data sets are desirable. Knowledge of Java or Scala programming languages is preferred but candidates using Python or similar languages will also be considered. Previous experience with software development in large scientific projects would be an advantage, as would experience of working within internationally distributed projects.

The post is available as soon as possible and the initial appointment is until 31st March 2018, with the possibility of further extension subject to the availability of additional funding. The salary scale will be £29,301 to £38,183 depending on experience plus superannuation benefits.

 

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 (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 and further information can be obtained from Dr. Francesca De Angeli (fda(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 LG11512 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

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

Closed Vacancies

Postdoctoral Research Assistants/Research Associates in Observational, X-Ray and Theoretical Astrophysics

Published on 12/10/2016 
Institute of Astronomy, University of Cambridge
Reference: 
LG10499
Salary: 
£25,298 to £29,301 or £29,301 to £38,182 p.a.
Starting Date: 
1st October 2017
Tenure: 
Up to 3 years

Postdoctoral Research Assistants/Research Associates in Observational, X-Ray and Theoretical Astrophysics

The Institute of Astronomy (IoA) at the West Cambridge site expects to appoint postdoctoral researchers in the IoA's observational, X-ray and theoretical astrophysics programmes. The programmes are broadly defined and incorporate research undertaken by IoA faculty members. The research includes observational and theoretical work in: exoplanetary detection, atmospheres and interiors; formation and evolution of stars, their planetary systems and disks; protoplanetary discs; Gaia satellite Milky Way and science alerts followup science; near-field cosmology; star formation in external galaxies; accretion discs; formation and evolution of galaxies, supermassive black holes and AGN; quasar absorption lines and the intergalactic medium; gravitational lensing; X-ray studies of clusters of galaxies and active galaxies; feedback processes; cosmological hydrodynamic simulations; emergence of structure during the epoch of reionization.

Successful applicants will be expected to pursue research within the context of the overall programme and to develop a high degree of interaction with the faculty, postdoctoral researchers and research students; to conduct a highly competitive programme of scientific research, prepare proposals to secure research resources (for example, access to high performance computing, large telescopes, or other international facilities) and write scientific articles for publication in peer reviewed journals. Applicants must have excellent communication and computing skills.

Application Information: 

To apply online for this vacancy, please click on ‘Apply’ . This will route you 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 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 Monday, 9th January 2017 (Midnight) GMT.

Further information can be obtained from Professor Richard McMahon (rgm(at)ast.cam.ac.uk) or Professor Andy Fabian (acf(at)ast.cam.ac.uk) Enquiries may be sent to Ms Joy McSharry at: jpm(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. 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: 
21 December 2016
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