Institute of Astronomy

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

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

Applicants must have a Ph.D. in astronomy or a related field or be near to completion. The primary criteria for selection will be based on research excellence in observational and/or theoretical astronomy as detailed above. The current salary scale is £29,301 to £38,182 p.a. (Research Associate) or £25,298 to £29,301 (Research Assistant), depending on experience and qualifications, plus superannuation benefits University benefits are outlined at

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) or Professor Andy Fabian (acf(at) Enquiries may be sent to Ms Joy McSharry at: jpm(at)

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
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