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 02/07/2015 
Institute of Astronomy, University of Cambridge
Salary: 
Starting salary up to £38,165
Starting Date: 
01/10/2015
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 in mid-August and those interested are strongly advised to make an early application. In order to be considered, applicants must send their pre-application materials to reach the Institute of Astronomy by 9am Monday 3rd August at the latest.

Completed applications will have to be submitted on the Royal Society's e-GAP system by 5pm Thursday 3rd September to give time for checking, approval and ultimate submission by Cambridge University Research Services Division.

The final deadline for submission of applications to the Royal Society is Wednesday 9th September 2015.

The deadline for Head of Department/Nominated Referee references/statements to be submitted online using the Royal Society's e-GAP system is usually 7 days after this.

 

Application Deadline Date: 
3 August 2015

Marie Sklodowska-Curie Individual Fellowships

Published on 11/06/2015 
Institute of Astronomy, University of Cambridge
Salary: 
See call documentation for details
Starting Date: 
01/10/2016
Tenure: 
Up to 24 Months

The Institute of Astronomy is pleased to invite expressions of interest from suitably qualified researchers who wish to apply for a Marie Sklodowska-Curie Individual Fellowship to be held within the Institute.

Eligibility information;

  • You must have a PhD (or at least 4 years research experience)
  • You must not have resided or worked in the UK for more than 12 months during the three years up to 10.09.2015

Additionally, applicants are expected to have significant research recognition (via publications and citations) and be able to demonstrate evidence of independence/leadership potential.

Full details of eligibility and call documentation can be found on the European Commission website

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.

Completed applications will have to be submitted through the European Commission’s EPSS system by 4pm GMT Thursday 10th September 2015, but we would expect interested applicants to contact us as soon as possible, and at the very latest by 5pm GMT Friday 21st August 2015.

 

Application Deadline Date: 
21 August 2015

STFC Ernest Rutherford Fellowship

Published on 09/06/2015 
Institute of Astronomy, University of Cambridge
Salary: 
£38,511 to £48,743
Starting Date: 
01/10/2016
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.

The Institute's selection committee will begin reviewing applications from the middle of August and applications must be received no later than 9am Monday 3rd August 2015. Those interested are strongly advised to make an early application. All applicants will be informed of the outcome no later than Friday 21st August 2015.

The STFC closing date for submission of applications is Thursday 24th September 2015 at 16:00 and all materials will need to have been submitted to the STFC via the JES system by 5pm Thursday 17th September 2015  to give time for checking, approval and ultimate submission by Cambridge University Research Services Division.

 

Application Deadline Date: 
3 August 2015

Closed Vacancies

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