Institute of Astronomy

Research Assistant/Associate (Fixed Term)

Published on 13/10/2017 
Institute of Astronomy, University of Cambridge
£25,728 - £30,688 or £31,604 - £38,833
Starting Date: 
from 1st April 2018
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.

The successful applicant will be expected to conduct a highly competitive programme of scientific research in this area, prepare proposals to secure research resources (for example, access to high performance computing 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 PhD in Astronomy or a related field or have submitted by time of appointment.

The current research salary scale is £25,728 - £30,688 (Research Assistant) and £31,604 - £38,833 (Research Associate) p.a., depending on experience, plus superannuation benefits.

University benefits are outlined at

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) Further information can be obtained from Dr Debora Sijacki (deboras(at)

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.

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