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

Gaia Software Developer (Fixed Term)

Published on 30/06/2016 
Institute of Astronomy, University of Cambridge
Reference: 
LG09499
Salary: 
£28,982-£37,768
Starting Date: 
As soon as possible
Tenure: 
31st December 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.

Application Information: 

To apply online for this vacancy, please click on the '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 submit your application by midnight (GMT) of the closing date of Monday, 1st August 2016. If you have any questions about this vacancy or the application process, please contact Ms Joy McSharry on 01223 761537 or email (jpm(at)ast.cam.ac.uk).

Please ensure that you upload your Curriculum Vitae (CV) and a covering letter in the Upload section of the
online application. If you upload any additional documents which have not been requested, we will not be able to consider these as part of your application.

The names and contact details of two referees are a necessary part of the submission. Referees will be
contacted automatically following an application but applicants are strongly advised to prepare nominated
referees for the need to provide references (in response to the online generated request) by 15th August 2016

Further information about this post can be obtained from Dr Dafydd Wyn Evans (dwe(at)ast.cam.ac.uk)
Please quote reference LG09499 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: 
1 August 2016

Research Assistant/Associate (Fixed Term) related to the analysis and processing of the Gaia photometric data

Published on 29/06/2016 
Institute of Astronomy, University of Cambridge
Reference: 
LG09370
Salary: 
£25,023 to £28,892 or £28,982 to £37,768 p.a.
Starting Date: 
As soon as possible
Tenure: 
31st December 2018 in the first instance

The Institute of Astronomy (IoA) at the West Cambridge site has a leading role in the processing and analysis of the photometric data collected by the European mission Gaia (http://www.cosmos.esa.int/web/gaia):The IoA hosts most of the members (including leading roles) of the Coordination Unit 5 (CU5) responsible for the photometric data produced by the Gaia mission. This includes integrated photometry in the broad G-band and low resolution spectroscopy from the Blue and Red Photometers. The IoA is also the location of the Data Processing Centre operating the photometry software pipeline. The core of the Science Alerts team also resides at the IoA. Following the cyclic nature of the Gaia processing within the Data Processing and Analysis Consortium (DPAC), the first photometric catalogue has now been released to the other DPAC systems and a selection of that catalogue is being validated to be included in the first public data release planned for the summer of 2016. The basic algorithms for the calibration of the data have been implemented, however additions and improvements to deal with complex or non-nominal cases will be needed in the near future. 

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 submit your application by midnight (GMT) of the closing date of Monday, 1st August 2016. If you have any queries about your application, please email Ms Joy McSharry (jpm(at)ast.cam.ac.uk). Further information is available from Dr Dafydd Wyn Evans (dwe(at)ast.cam.ac.uk) Please ensure that you upload your CV, cover letter, publications list and research statement in the upload section of the online application. If you upload any additional documents which have not been requested, we will not be able to consider these as part of your application. The names and contact details of three 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 reference letters by the deadline of midnight (GMT) Monday, 15th August 2016. Please quote reference LG09370 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: 
1 August 2016
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.