Institute of Astronomy


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.

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There are currently no open vacancies at the Institute of Astronomy.

Closed Vacancies

University Lecturer in Astronomy

Published on 08/10/2018 
Institute of Astronomy, University of Cambridge
Starting Date: 
1st October 2019

The Institute of Astronomy, University of Cambridge located in West Cambridge, is looking to appoint a University Lecturer. The research profile of the Institute spans an extensive range of astrophysics, with internationally-recognized programs in exoplanet science, instrumentation, near field cosmology, stellar astrophysics, extragalactic astronomy, high-energy astrophysics, and cosmology.

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.

Applications should include a full curriculum vitae, a list of publications, a statement of research plans (maximum of five pages) and names and contact details of three referees. The deadline for applications will be 3rd December 2018; letters of reference will be requested upon receipt of the application and will be due 17th December 2018.

Please quote reference LG16956 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: 
3 December 2018
Application Deadline Information: 
Applications to be received by midnight.

Royal Society Newton International Fellowships

Published on 17/01/2018 
Institute of Astronomy, University of Cambridge
See call documentation for details: £24,000 per annum for subsistence costs (Tax exempt)
Starting Date: 
Between 01 October 2019 and 31 March 2020
2 Years

The Institute of Astronomy is pleased to invite expressions of interest from suitably qualified researchers who wish to apply for a Newton International Fellowship to be held at the Institute. The Newton International Fellowship scheme will select the very best early stage post-doctoral researchers from all over the world, and offer support for two years at UK research institutions. The grants of £24,000 per annum (Tax Free) to cover subsistence and up to £8,000 per annum to cover research expenses, plus a one-off relocation allowance of up to £3,000 for relocation expenses (£2,000 for EEA nationals)..

See for further details.

The long-term aim of the scheme is to build a global pool of research leaders and encourage long-term international collaboration with the UK. The Newton International Fellowships scheme is run by The British Academy and the Royal Society. The Fellowships cover the broad range of physical, natural and social sciences and the humanities. They provide grants of £24,000 per annum to cover subsistence and up to £8,000 per annum to cover research expenses, plus a one-off relocation allowance of up to £3,000 for relocation expenses (£2,000 for EEA nationals). The Newton International Fellowships Scheme covers researchers in the following disciplines: physical sciences, natural sciences, social sciences, and the humanities. Please see the scheme notes for more information, including eligibility criteria and the application process.

  • Applications must be submitted by the applicant and approved by the host organisation by 3pm GMT on the 27th March 2019.

  • Interested applicants should make contact with us by 8th March at the latest, with the application ideally being submitted by 20th March 2019 to allow time for internal approval. 

  • 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.

Application Deadline Date: 
8 March 2019