Institute of Astronomy

Vacancies

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.

Open Vacancies

Research Associate in extragalactic astronomy

Published on 23/10/2019 
Institute of Astronomy, University of Cambridge
Reference: 
LG21199
Salary: 
£32,816-£40,322
Starting Date: 
1st February 2020
Tenure: 
30th September 2020

The Institute of Astronomy (IoA), located at the West Cambridge site, expects to appoint a postdoctoral researcher to carry out astrophysical exploitation of the Gaia first and second releases, in relation to extragalactic astronomy. The interpretation of Gaia data can be enhanced using complementary data, from ground based spectroscopic surveys. The position is available from 1st February 2020.

Application Information: 

Click here to register an account with our recruitment system (if you have not already) and apply online.

Please submit your application by midnight of the closing date of Monday, 25th November 2019. If you have any queries about your application please contact Ms Joy McSharry (jpm(at)ast.cam.ac.uk). Further information is available from Prof. Wyn Evans (nwe(at)ast.cam.ac.uk).

Please quote reference LG21199 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society.

The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK.

Application Deadline Date: 
25 November 2019
Application Deadline Information: 
Midnight (GMT) Monday, 25th November 2019

Research Assistant/Associate in observatonal/theoretical astrophysics (Fixed Term)

Published on 21/10/2019 
Institute of Astronomy, University of Cambridge
Reference: 
LG21139
Salary: 
£26,715 - £30,942 or £32,816 - £40,322
Starting Date: 
-
Tenure: 
up to 3 years in the first instance

The Institute of Astronomy (IoA), located at the West Cambridge site, expects to appoint a postdoctoral researcher in the IoA's observational and theoretical astrophysics programmes. The appointment could be made in areas of: near-field cosmology; accretion discs; formation and evolution of galaxies, supermassive black holes and AGN; quasar absorption lines and the intergalactic medium; studies of clusters of galaxies and active galaxies; feedback processes; cosmological hydrodynamic simulations; emergence of structure during the epoch of reionization.

Application Information: 

Click here to register an account with our recruitment system (if you have not already) and apply online.

Please submit your application by midnight of the closing date of Monday, 9th December 2019. If you have any queries about your application please contact Ms Joy McSharry (jpm(at)ast.cam.ac.uk). Further information is available from Prof. Richard McMahon (rgm(at)ast.cam.ac.uk).

Please quote reference LG21139 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society.

The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK.

Application Deadline Date: 
9 December 2019
Application Deadline Information: 
Midnight (GMT) Monday, 9th December 2019

Research Assistant/Associate in debris disks and extrasolar planets (Fixed Term)

Published on 21/10/2019 
Institute of Astronomy, University of Cambridge
Reference: 
LG21107
Salary: 
£26,715 - £30,942 or £32,816 - £40,322
Starting Date: 
-
Tenure: 
2 years in the first instance

The Institute of Astronomy (IoA) at the West Cambridge site has a vacancy for a postdoctoral researcher to collaborate with Prof. Mark Wyatt on a programme seeking to understand the nature of the planetary systems of nearby stars through study of their debris disks.

Application Information: 

Click here to register an account with our recruitment system (if you have not already) and apply online.

Please submit your application by midnight of the closing date of Monday, 2nd December 2019. If you have any queries about your application please contact Ms Joy McSharry (jpm(at)ast.cam.ac.uk). Further information is available from Prof. Mark Wyatt (wyatt(at)ast.cam.ac.uk).

Please quote reference LG21107 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society.

The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK.

Application Deadline Date: 
2 December 2019
Application Deadline Information: 
Midnight (GMT) Monday, 2nd December 2019

GAIA Software Developer (Fixed Term)

Published on 09/10/2019 
Institute of Astronomy, University of Cambridge
Reference: 
LG19769
Salary: 
£30,942-£40,322
Starting Date: 
as soon as possible
Tenure: 
31 March 2021

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available until 31 March 2021 in the first instance.

The University of Cambridge, Institute of Astronomy based in West Cambridge is recruiting two Software Developers to join the photometric data processing group for the European Space Agency's Gaia project (https://sci.esa.int/web/gaia/). The core goal of the Gaia project is to produce the largest, most precise three dimensional map of our galaxy by surveying over one billion stars and analyzing their position, motion and spectra. Work on the project started in 2001. The Gaia satellite was launched in 2013 and started operating in July 2014. Satellite operations are currently approved to the end of 2020 and a further 2 year extension to the end of 2022 has received indicative approval and an application for further extension is likely. Final data processing is expected to extend a few years beyond the end of satellite operations. Two data releases have already been published (in 2016 and 2018), the third is currently under construction for publication in 2020 and 2021 and two further releases are expected. The processing software continuously evolves as algorithms and models are improved, new methods to analyse results are developed and processing performance is optimized.

Application Information: 

Click the 'Apply' button to register an account with our recruitment system (if you have not already) and apply online.

Please submit your application by midnight of the closing date of Wednesday, 20th November 2019. If you have any queries about your application please contact Ms Joy McSharry (jpm(at)ast.cam.ac.uk). Further information is available from Dr. Francesca de Angeli (fda(at)ast.cam.ac.uk).

Please quote reference LG19769 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society.

The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK.

Application Deadline Date: 
20 November 2019
Application Deadline Information: 
Applications to be received by midnight.

Research Associate/Senior Research Associate (Fixed Term)

Published on 02/10/2019 
Institute of Astronomy, University of Cambridge
Reference: 
LG20775
Salary: 
£32,816-£40,322 or £41,526-£52,559
Starting Date: 
-
Tenure: 
Minimum of 3 years

Fixed-term: The funds for the Research Associate role are available for 3 years in the first instance. The funds for the Senior Research Associate role are available for a minimum of 3 years but up to 5 years subject to funding.

The Institute of Astronomy (IoA), Cambridge University (West Cambridge site) expects to appoint one or more postdoctoral researcher(s) to work with the Plumian Professor, Prof. Christopher Reynolds, on theoretical topics related to black hole astrophysics. The studies to be pursued include the physics of black hole accretion disks, the interactions of active galactic nuclei (AGN) with galactic/cluster-scale structure, and the plasma physics of the hot plasma in galaxy clusters. Substantial experience with computational modelling of magnetohydrodynamic flows and/or particle-in-cell (PIC) modelling of plasma kinetics will be highly desirable for this position.

 

Application Information: 

Click  'Apply' to register an account with our recruitment system (if you have not already) and apply online.

Please submit your application by midnight of the closing date of Sunday, 1st December 2019. If you have any queries about your application please contact Ms Joy McSharry (jpm(at)ast.cam.ac.uk). Further information is available from Professor Christopher Reynolds (csr12(at)ast.cam.ac.uk).

Please quote reference LG20775 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society.

The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK.

Application Deadline Date: 
1 December 2019
Application Deadline Information: 
Midnight (GMT) Sunday, 1st December 2019

Leverhulme Trust/Isaac Newton Trust Early Career Fellowship

Published on 22/11/2017 
Institute of Astronomy, University of Cambridge
Salary: 
£32,816 - £40,322
Starting Date: 
Between 1 September 2020 and 1 May 2021
Tenure: 
3 Years

The Institute of Astronomy is pleased to support up to three applications for the Isaac Newton Trust/Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellowship scheme. Potential applicants should first contact a member of the Institute's Academic Staff to discuss the possibility of submitting a pre-application to the Institute's selection committee which will review requests.

Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellowships aim to provide career development opportunities for those who are at a relatively early stage of their academic careers, but who have a proven record of research. The expectation is that Fellows should undertake a significant piece of publishable work during their tenure.

Applications are invited from those with a doctorate who submitted their doctoral thesis for viva voce examination not more than four years prior to the Leverhulme Trust application closing date on 27 February 2020. All candidates must hold a doctorate or have equivalent research experience by the time they take up the Fellowship. Those who are or have been registered for a doctorate at any time may apply only if they have submitted their doctoral thesis by the closing date of 4pm on 27 February 2020.

Applicants must either hold a degree from a UK higher education institution at the time of taking up the Fellowship or at the time of the application deadline must hold an academic position in the UK which commenced no less than 4 months prior to the closing date.

Applicants who have not already moved institutions in the course of their academic career (i.e., between their undergraduate degree and current position) should nominate a new host institution, or otherwise demonstrate clear evidence of the academic and/or personal reasons for remaining at the same institution, such as access to highly specialist equipment or a highly specialised research team.

The Leverhulme Trust offer 50% funding for the salary costs of the three-year early career fellowship position, as well as research funds of up to £6,000 per annum. The Isaac Newton Trust is the main Cambridge University body offering matching funding for the remaining 50% salary cost. The Institute of Astronomy is allowed to support up to three Isaac Newton Trust applications per year.

A “three-stage” application process is therefore required, with applicants first submitting a pre-application to the Institute of Astronomy for support. Supported applicants will then apply to the Isaac Newton Trust for matched funding. If approved, applicants would then apply to the Leverhulme Trust for the full fellowship. All application stages have to be successful to be awarded the fellowship.

Once applicants have engaged with a member of the Institute's Academic Staff, a pre-application may be made by submitting:

  • Isaac Newton Trust cover sheet
  • CV (not exceeding two sides)
  • A list of your major publications (maximum one side)
  • A statement of your current research (maximum 250 words)
  • A detailed statement of your proposed research (maximum two sides)
  • Name and contact details of your two proposed referees
  • Name of the IoA Staff member who has agreed to support the pre-application

Materials should be sent to fellowships@ast.cam.ac.uk with attachments as a single .pdf format file.

Applicants should also request that their endorsing IoA academic staff member send a statement in support of their application to the same e-mail address by the same deadline.

The Institute's selection committee will begin reviewing applications towards the end of December and pre-applications must be received no later than  Monday 9 December. Those interested are strongly advised to make an early application.

The Isaac Newton Trust closing date for submission of applications is 13 January.

 

Application Deadline Date: 
9 December 2019

Closed Vacancies

Royal Society - Dorothy Hodgkin Fellowships

Published on 18/10/2019 
Institute of Astronomy, University of Cambridge
Salary: 
Starting salary up to £40,681.46
Starting Date: 
01/10/2020
Tenure: 
5 years

The Institute of Astronomy is pleased to invite expressions of interest from suitably qualified researchers who wish to apply for a Royal Society Dorothy Hodgkin Fellowship to be held within the Institute.

This fellowship scheme is aimed at outstanding scientists in the UK at an early stage of their research career (have completed your PhD but have no more than 6 years of research experience post PhD by the closing date of the round) who require a flexible working pattern due to personal circumstances such as parenting or caring responsibilities or health issues.

The Society’s fellowships are highly flexible and part-time working, sabbaticals and secondments can be accommodated. There is also provision for maternity, paternity, adoptive or extended sick leave.

Funding for 5 years is provided, which covers the applicants salary as well as research expenses (up to £13,000 for the first year and up to £11,000 annually thereafter).

This year up to an additional £40,000 can be applied for, which can be used as a contribution towards the cost of a 4-year PhD student or additional research expenses.

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.

All applicants should inform David Savidge in the IoA finance office of their intent to apply by 1st November, or ideally sooner.

Royal Society's ultimate submission deadline is 14th November. Further details and scheme notes are available on Royal Society's website;

https://royalsociety.org/grants-schemes-awards/grants/dorothy-hodgkin-fellowship/

Application Deadline Date: 
1 November 2019

Marie Sklodowska-Curie Individual Fellowships

Published on 11/06/2015 
Institute of Astronomy, University of Cambridge
Salary: 
See call documentation for details
Starting Date: 
01/10/2020
Tenure: 
Up to 24 Months

The Institute of Astronomy is pleased to invite expressions of interest from suitably qualified researchers who wish to apply for a Marie Sklodowska-Curie Individual Fellowship to be held within the Institute.

Eligibility information;

  • You must have a PhD (or at least 4 years research experience)

  • You must not have resided or worked in the UK for more than 12 months during the three years up to the submission deadline

Additionally, applicants are expected to have significant research recognition (via publications and citations) and be able to demonstrate evidence of independence/leadership potential.

Full details of eligibility and call documentation can be found on the European Commission website

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.

Completed applications will have to be submitted through the European Commission’s EPSS system by 4pm GMT Wednesday 11th September 2019, but we would expect interested applicants to contact a member of our academic staff as soon as possible, and at the very latest by 5pm GMT Friday 23rd August 2019.

 

Application Deadline Date: 
23 August 2019