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

Kavli Institute Senior Fellowship in Exoplanets (Fixed Term)

Published on 06/12/2022 
Institute of Astronomy, University of Cambridge
Reference: 
LG34176
Salary: 
£43,414-£54,949
Starting Date: 
no later than October 2023.
Tenure: 
5 years in the first instance

The Kavli Institute for Cosmology, Cambridge, is offering one Kavli Senior Fellowship in Exoplanets.

Applicants must have a PhD in Astrophysics or a related field. We welcome applications from observers, instrumentalists, and theorists with interests relevant to the broad theme of the search for and characterisation of exoplanets.

Application Information: 

Applications will be reviewed after the closing date and short-listed candidates will be interviewed in the week commencing 23rd January 2023.

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

Please sbmit your application by 23:59 GMT of the closing date of Tuesday, 20th December 2022. If you have any queries about your application or wish to make an informal enquiry, please contact the Kavli Administrator (kavlisec(at)ast.cam.ac.uk).

Please quote reference LG34176 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 December 2022
Application Deadline Information: 
Applications to be received by 23:59 GMT

Research Assistant/Associate in GaiaUnlimited (Fixed Term)

Published on 10/11/2022 
Institute of Astronomy, University of Cambridge
Reference: 
LG34090
Salary: 
£27,929 - £32,348 or £34,308 - £42,155
Starting Date: 
as early as January 2023 and no later than 1st April 2023.
Tenure: 
two years in the first instance

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for two years in the first instance. The anticipated start date of the appointment is expected to be as early as January 2023 and no later than 1st April 2023.

Application Information: 

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

The closing date for applications is 23:59 GMT on Thursday, 15th December 2022. Please refer to further particulars for full instructions and be aware that referees will be asked to supply references by 22nd December 2022. If you have any queries about your application please contact (hr(at)ast.cam.ac.uk). Informal enquires may be addressed to Professor Vasily Belokurov (vasily(at)ast.cam.ac.uk)

Please quote reference LG34090 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

Application Deadline Date: 
15 December 2022
Application Deadline Information: 
Applications to be received by 23:59 GMT

Research Assistant/Associate in Protoplanetary Discs (Fixed Term)

Published on 10/11/2022 
Institute of Astronomy, University of Cambridge
Reference: 
LG34067
Salary: 
£27,929 - £32,348 or £34,308 - £42,155
Starting Date: 
October 2023
Tenure: 
3 years in the first instance

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 3 years in the first instance. The post is expected to start in October 2023.

Application Information: 

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

The closing date for applications is 23:59 GMT on Thursday, 15th December 2022. Please refer to further particulars for full instructions and be aware that referees will be asked to supply references by 22nd December 2022. If you have any queries about your application please contact (hr(at)ast.cam.ac.uk). Informal enquires may be addressed to Professor Cathie Clarke (cclarke(at)ast.cam.ac.uk)

Please quote reference LG34067 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

Application Deadline Date: 
15 December 2022
Application Deadline Information: 
Applications to be received by 23:59 GMT

Research Assistant/Associate in Supernovae/Astrostatistics/Data Science

Published on 10/11/2022 
Institute of Astronomy, University of Cambridge
Reference: 
LG33937
Salary: 
£27,929 - £32,348 or £34,308 - £42,155
Starting Date: 
starting dates from ASAP through to October 2023
Tenure: 
30 September 2026 in the first instance.

Fixed-term: The funds for these posts are available to 30 September 2026 in the first instance.

Application Information: 

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

The closing date for applications is 23:59 GMT on Thursday, 15th December 2022. Please refer to further particulars for full instructions and be aware that referees will be asked to supply references by 22nd December 2022. If you have any queries about your application please contact (hr(at)ast.cam.ac.uk). Informal enquires may be addressed to Dr Kaisey Mandel (kmandel(at)ast.cam.ac.uk)

Please quote reference LG33937 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

Application Deadline Date: 
15 December 2022
Application Deadline Information: 
Applications to be received by 23:59 GMT

Research Assistants/Associates in Exoplanetary Atmospheres (Fixed Term)

Published on 10/11/2022 
Institute of Astronomy, University of Cambridge
Reference: 
LG33840
Salary: 
£27,929 - £32,348 or £34,308 - £42,155
Starting Date: 
between February and September 2023.
Tenure: 
3 years in the first instance.

Fixed-term: The funds for these positions are available for 3 years in the first instance.

Application Information: 

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

Applications must include a cover letter, Curriculum Vitae, list of publications, a statement of research experience and interests (three pages maximum), and contact information of three referees.

The application deadline is 23:59 GMT on Thursday, 15th December 2022. Referees will be requested to provide references by 22nd December 2022.

Please refer to further particulars for full instructions. For any queries regarding the application please contact hr(at)ast.cam.ac.uk.

Informal enquires may be addressed to Professor Nikku Madhusudhan (nmadhu(at)ast.cam.ac.uk).

Please quote reference LG33840 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

Application Deadline Date: 
15 December 2022
Application Deadline Information: 
Applications to be received by 23:59 GMT

Closed Vacancies

Stephen Hawking Fellowships

Published on 11/11/2022 
Institute of Astronomy, University of Cambridge
Salary: 
£34,308 - £42,155
Starting Date: 
Flexible, depending on application date
Tenure: 
3 years

The Institute of Astronomy is pleased to invite applications from suitably qualified researchers who wish to apply for a Stephen Hawking Fellowship to be held at the Institute in an area that complements or enhances research being undertaken at the Institute.

The Stephen Hawking fellowships will support and develop the next generation of visionary scientists in theoretical physics (including cosmology and theoretical astrophysics) at the beginning of their career. This scheme aims to support excellent researchers who will make significant contributions to the field of theoretical physics and continue to spark public interest in the field. 

For further details please see: Stephen Hawking Postdoctoral Fellowship – UKRI

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.

Once academic support has been secured, applicants should inform the department administration of their intent to apply by e-mailing fellowships@ast.cam.ac.uk so that we can help you process this application. This should be done at least 4 weeks in advance of the submission date you are aiming for, but ideally sooner.

This opportunity will remain open until further notice and has no closing date, however as the scheme has a defined budget, applicants are encouraged to submit applications at the earliest practicable time. Successful candidates may start at any time throughout the year. Processing of a fellowship application can take 6 to 9 months and outcomes will depend on panel and interview dates.

The Stephen Hawking applications will go to the Physical Sciences panel, which has the following typical timelines:

Submission Dates Panel Dates Interview Panel Dates Estimated Fellowship Start Date
Early January 2023 End April 2023 Mid-June 2023 1st August 2023 onwards
Early May 2023 Early September 2023 Mid-October 2023 1st December 2023 onwards
End September 2023 End January 2024 End February 2024 1st May 2024 onwards

The department is aiming to have its "Early January 2023 submission date" applications submitted before the Christmas Break. Applicants should inform the department administration of their intent to apply for this submission date by 25th November at the latest (but ideally earlier)

All materials will need to be submitted to UKRI via the JES system by the end of the day on 14th December to give time for checking, approval and ultimate submission by Cambridge University Research Services Division.

 

Application Deadline Date: 
25 November 2022

Research Assistant/Associate in Galaxy Formation (Fixed Term)

Published on 10/11/2022 
Institute of Astronomy, University of Cambridge
Reference: 
LG34010
Salary: 
£27,929 - £32,348 or £34,308 - £42,155
Starting Date: 
October 2023.
Tenure: 
3 years in the first instance

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 3 years in the first instance. The post is expected to start in October 2023.

Application Information: 

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

The closing date for applications is 23:59 GMT on Monday, 5th December 2022. Please refer to further particulars for full instructions and be aware that referees will be asked to supply references by 12th December 2022. If you have any queries about your application please contact (hr(at)ast.cam.ac.uk). Informal enquires may be addressed to Professor Debora Sijacki (deboras(at)ast.cam.ac.uk)

Please quote reference LG34010 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

Application Deadline Date: 
5 December 2022
Application Deadline Information: 
Applications to be received by 23:59 GMT

Research Associate/Senior Research Associate in CASU Data Science

Published on 10/11/2022 
Institute of Astronomy, University of Cambridge
Reference: 
LG33481
Salary: 
£34,308- £42,155 or £43,414 - £54,949
Starting Date: 
1st January 2023 or as early as possible thereafter.
Tenure: 
31 March 2026

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available until 31 March 2026 in the first instance with good prospects for further extension subject to grant funding. The anticipated start date is 1st January 2023 or as early as possible thereafter.

This is an exciting opportunity for an enthusiastic Astronomical Data Scientist to work within the Cambridge Astronomical Survey Unit (CASU) at the Institute of Astronomy (IoA) as part of CASU's spectroscopic analysis system development team.

Application Information: 

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

Interviews will be held in the week beginning 5th December 2022

Informal enquires can be addressed via email to Dr Nicholas Walton naw(at)ast.cam.ac.uk.

Please quote reference LG33481 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

Application Deadline Date: 
14 November 2022
Application Deadline Information: 
Applications to be received by 23:59 GMT

Research Assistant/Associate in Galaxy Formation, Dynamics and Evolution

Published on 22/10/2022 
Institute of Astronomy, University of Cambridge
Reference: 
LG33561
Salary: 
£27,929-£32,348 or £32,348-£42,155
Starting Date: 
1st January 2022, with deferred start dates up to October 2023 possible for suitable candidates.
Tenure: 
30th September 2025

A postdoctoral position is available at the Institute of Astronomy, funded by a Leverhulme Grant to Professors Vasily Belokurov and Wyn Evans to study "The Faint Universe made visible with Machine Learning".

Application Information: 

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

Applications will be reviewed after the closing date an short-listed candidates will be interviewed as soon as possible thereafter.

Please submit your application by 23:59 (GMT) of the closing date of Thursday, 1st December 2022. If you have any queries about your application please contact the Senior HR -Co-ordinator by email (hr(at)ast.cam.ac.uk).

Please quote reference LG33561 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 2022
Application Deadline Information: 
Applications to be received by 23:59 GMT

Leverhulme Trust/Isaac Newton Trust Early Career Fellowship

Published on 22/11/2017 
Institute of Astronomy, University of Cambridge
Salary: 
£34,308 - £42,155
Starting Date: 
Between 1 September 2023 and 1 May 2024
Tenure: 
3 Years

The Institute of Astronomy is pleased to support up to two 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 23 February 2023. 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 23 February 2023.

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 offers funding covering 50% of 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 two 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 in early December and pre-applications must be received no later than 4 December 2022 for consideration by the Institute's selection committee.

The Isaac Newton Trust closing date for submission of applications is 9 January 2023.

 

Application Deadline Date: 
4 December 2022