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 13/10/2017 
Institute of Astronomy, University of Cambridge
Reference: 
LG13590
Salary: 
£25,728 - £30,688 or £31,604 - £38,833
Starting Date: 
from 1st April 2018
Tenure: 
6 months

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 6 months in the first instance. The position is available from 1st April 2018.

The Institute of Astronomy (IoA), Cambridge University (West Cambridge site) expects to appoint a postdoctoral researcher to work on the theme "Black holes and their host galaxies: coevolution across cosmic time". This is a European Research Council funded position working with Dr Debora Sijacki, the P.I. of the project. The study encompasses a wide range of issues relating to black hole and galaxy formation at high redshifts, their cosmic evolution to the present day and the impact of supermassive black holes on galaxy clusters and groups. The research will involve extensive hydrodynamical simulations as well as linkage to observational data. Substantial experience in hydrodynamical modelling is thus highly desirable for this position.

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 submit your application by midnight (GMT) of the closing date. If you have any queries about your application, please contact Ms Joy McSharry (jpm(at)ast.cam.ac.uk). Further information can be obtained from Dr Debora Sijacki (deboras(at)ast.cam.ac.uk).

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 Midnight (GMT) Monday, 4th December 2017.

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 LG13590 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: 
20 November 2017
Application Deadline Information: 
Applications to be received by midnight. GMT

Royal Society - Dorothy Hodgkin Fellowships

Published on 05/10/2017 
Institute of Astronomy, University of Cambridge
Salary: 
Starting salary up to £40,030.34
Starting Date: 
01/10/2018
Tenure: 
5 years

The Institute of Astronomy is pleased to invite expressions of interest from suitably qualified researchers who wish to apply for a Royal Society Dorothy Hodgkin Fellowship to be held within the Institute.

This fellowship scheme is aimed at outstanding scientists in the UK at an early stage of their research career (have completed your PhD but have no more than 6 years of research experience post PhD by the closing date of the round) who require a flexible working pattern due to personal circumstances such as parenting or caring responsibilities or health issues.

The Society’s fellowships are highly flexible and part-time working, sabbaticals and secondments can be accommodated. There is also provision for maternity, paternity, adoptive or extended sick leave.

Funding for 5 years is provided, which covers the applicants salary as well as research expenses (up to £13,000 for the first year and up to £11,000 annually thereafter)

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.

All applicants should inform David Savidge in the IoA finance office of their intent to apply by Thursday 2nd November 2017.

Royal Society's ultimate submission deadline is Thursday 16th November. Further details and scheme notes are available on Royal Society's website;

 https://royalsociety.org/grants-schemes-awards/grants/dorothy-hodgkin/

 

Application Deadline Date: 
2 November 2017

Research Assistant/Associate

Published on 29/09/2017 
Institute of Astronomy, University of Cambridge
Reference: 
LG13472
Salary: 
£25,728 - £30,688 (Research Assistant) £31,604 - £38,833 (Research Associate) p.a.
Starting Date: 
-
Tenure: 
31st August 2021

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available until 31 August 2021.

The Institute of Astronomy (IoA), Cambridge University (West Cambridge site) expects to appoint a postdoctoral researcher to work on the theme "Black holes and their host galaxies: coevolution across cosmic time". This is a European Research Council funded position working with Dr Debora Sijacki, the P.I. of the project. The study encompasses a wide range of issues relating to black hole and galaxy formation at high redshifts, their cosmic evolution to the present day and the impact of supermassive black holes on galaxy clusters and groups. The research will involve extensive hydrodynamical simulations as well as linkage to observational data. Substantial experience in hydrodynamical modelling is thus highly desirable for this position.

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 submit your application by midnight (GMT) of the closing date. If you have any queries about your application, please contact Ms Joy McSharry (jpm(at)ast.cam.ac.uk). Further information can be obtained from Dr Debora Sijacki (deboras(at)ast.cam.ac.uk).

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 Midnight (GMT) Monday, 4th December 2017.

Please quote reference LG13472 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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: 
20 November 2017
Application Deadline Information: 
Applications to be received by midnight. GMT

Research Assistant(s)/Associate(s)

Published on 28/09/2017 
Institute of Astronomy, University of Cambridge
Reference: 
LG13436
Salary: 
£25,728 - £30,688 (Research Assistant) and £31,604-£38,833 (Research Associate) p.a
Starting Date: 
as soon as possible
Tenure: 
30 April 2019

Fixed-term: The funds for the post(s) are available until 30 April 2019.

The Institute of Astronomy (West Cambridge) expects to appoint, as soon as possible, one or more postdoctoral Research Assistant(s)/Associate(s) to join a research team based at the Kavli Institute for Cosmology Cambridge (KICC). The team mainly studies the Emergence of Structure during the Epoch of Reionization supported by an ERC Advanced Grant (PI: Martin Haehnelt). The research topic is interpreted broadly, to range from the first galaxies and massive black holes to the reionization of hydrogen and helium to the physical state of the Intergalactic Medium and its relation to galaxies in the post-reionization epoch. The IoA/KICC offers a vibrant research environment and has excellent access to observational and high-performance computing facilities.

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 submit your application by midnight (GMT) of the closing date of Tuesday, 31st October 2017. If you have any queries about your application, please contact Ms Joy McSharry (jpm(at)ast.cam.ac.uk). Further information can be obtained from Professor Martin Haehnelt (haehnelt(at)ast.cam.ac.uk).

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 Midnight (GMT) Tuesday, 7th November 2017.

Please quote reference LG13436 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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: 
31 October 2017
Application Deadline Information: 
Applications to be received by midnight. GMT

Research Associate (Fixed Term)

Published on 22/09/2017 
Institute of Astronomy, University of Cambridge
Reference: 
LG13401
Salary: 
£30,688-£38,833
Starting Date: 
as soon as possible
Tenure: 
One year from date of appointment

Applications are invited for the position of Postdoctoral Research Associate to work on a European Research
Council funded project on "Accreting Black Holes and Cosmic Feedback" with Professor Andy Fabian at the
Institute of Astronomy, University of Cambridge (West Cambridge).
The research will involve the modelling of AGN feedback in galaxies due to the action of radiation pressure on
dust. Successful applicants will be expected to develop a high degree of interaction with the faculty,

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/15082. 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 submit your application by midnight (GMT) of the closing date of Tuesday, 31st October 2017. If you
have any queries about your application, please contact Ms Joy McSharry (jpm(at)ast.cam.ac.uk). Further
information can be obtained from Professor Andy Fabian (acf(at)ast.cam.ac.uk)
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 Midnight
(GMT) Tuesday, 7th November 2017.
Please quote reference LG13401 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

This IoA is committed to providing a family friendly environment for researchers and is ensuring that should parental leave be needed during the course of employmnet, 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 int he UK.

Application Deadline Date: 
31 October 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

RAS Research Fellowships 2018

Published on 07/09/2015 
Institute of Astronomy, University of Cambridge
Salary: 
See RAS notes
Starting Date: 
October 2018
Tenure: 
3 years

The Institute of Astronomy welcomes applications from individuals for the Royal Astronomical Society Research Fellowship 2018 to be held at the Institute.

The RAS will award two RAS Research Fellowships in 2018, to begin on 1 October 2018 or within 6 months thereafter. Each fellowship provides post-doctoral funding for up to three years.

The RAS Research Fellowship is offered to outstanding candidates to enable them to pursue research in the UK in the disciplines advanced by the RAS i.e. astronomy, solar system science, geophysics and closely related branches of these sciences. Applicants must have been awarded their PhD between 1 October 2013 and 1 October 2018.

Requests for the Institute to act as a host should be accompanied by a completed application form, CV, research proposal, publication list and the name of a member of the Institute of Astronomy's Academic Staff with whom the applicant has research interests in common.

The RAS deadline is 20 October 2017 but materials should be sent to  fellowships@ast.cam.ac.uk by 13 October 2017 at the very latest.

Application Deadline Date: 
13 October 2017