Institute of Astronomy

Research Assistant/Associate (Fixed Term)

Published on 02/05/2017 
Institute of Astronomy, University of Cambridge
£25,298 - £38,183
Starting Date: 
as soon as possible
up to 3 years in the first instance

The Institute of Astronomy (IoA) at the West Cambridge site expects to appoint a postdoctoral researcher to work on the Milky Way Galaxy and data from the Gaia satellite.

Successful applicants will be expected 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 £38,183 p.a. (Research Associate) or £25,298 to £29,301 (Research Assistant), depending on experience and qualifications, plus superannuation benefits

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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.

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.

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 ensure that you upload your Curriculum Vitae (CV) with publication record and research statement and covering letter and the contact details of three referees. Candidates who have already applied for jobs on the observational, X-ray and theoretical astrophysics programmes (LG10499) will automatically be considered if eligible.

Please submit your application by midnight of the closing date of 5th June 2017. The names and contact details of three 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.

If you have any queries about your application, please contact Ms Joy McSharry by email jpm (at)

Further information can be obtained from Professor Wyn Evans (nwe(at) or from Dr Vasily Belokurov (vasily(at)

Please quote reference LG12072 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

Application Deadline Date: 
5 June 2017
Application Deadline Information: 
Applications to be received by midnight. GMT
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