Institute of Astronomy

Kavli Institute Fellow in Exoplanets (Fixed Term)

Published on 31/10/2017 
Institute of Astronomy, University of Cambridge
Starting Date: 
October 2018
5 years in the first instance

Three departments conducting research related to 'Exoplanets and life in the Universe', the Cavendish Laboratory, the Institute of Astronomy (IoA) which is inclusive of the Kavli Institute for Cosmology (KICC), and the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics (DAMTP) are offering a senior Fellowship in Exoplanets.

The Kavli Institute Fellowship in Exoplanets is offered for five years, from October 2018. Applicants must have a PhD in Astronomy or a related field and will normally be expected to have several years of postdoctoral experience by the start date of the fellowship. A proven track record of independent research relevant to the research themes conducted on exoplanets in Cambridge is expected. The fellowship is targeted at researchers (observers, instrumentalists or theorists) who have the potential to become leaders in their fields. The successful applicant will be expected to conduct a programme of independent scientific research, prepare proposals to secure research resources (for example, experiment development, access to high performance computing, large telescopes, or other international facilities), write scientific articles for publication in peer reviewed journals and contribute to the supervision of graduate students, seminar organisation and outreach. Applicants must have excellent communication and computing skills.

Salary will be within the range £39,992 - £50,618 pa. A research allowance of £8,000 pa will be provided.

The post holder will have the choice to be located at any of the three departments as listed above (located in West Cambridge) but will be encouraged to interact with researchers in all three departments and to take an active part in Cambridge exoplanet research centre activity. Research programmes that complement the work undertaken in more than one department are particularly welcomed (see for current activities).

Employee benefits are outlined at and

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 on Cambridge exoplanet research and the Fellowship can be obtained from the further particulards or from Professor Didier Queloz (dq212(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. Shortlisted candidates should expect to be interviewed during the last week of January 2018.

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 LG13849 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 December 2017
Application Deadline Information: 
Applications to be received by midnight. GMT
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