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

Administrative Assistant (Part Time, Fixed Term)

Published on 05/12/2018 
Institute of Astronomy, University of Cambridge
Reference: 
LG17538
Salary: 
£22,659-£26,243 pro rata
Starting Date: 
as soon as possible
Tenure: 
2 years

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 2 years in the first instance.

Applications are invited for an Administrative Assistant to provide 10 hours per week of support within the department's administrative team. This is a varied and interesting role providing general administrative support across a wide range of departmental functions including research grants, HR, visitor administration and event planning.

The position is fixed term and is for 2 years from the start of appointment. The weekly working pattern is negotiable.

Application Information: 

To apply online for this vacancy, please click here. 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 of the closing date of Thursday, 3rd January 2019. If you have any queries about your application or require further information, please contact Ms Joy McSharry (jpm(at)ast.cam.ac.uk).

It is anticipated that interviews will take place the week commencing 14th January 2019.

Please quote reference LG17538 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: 
3 January 2019
Application Deadline Information: 
midnight (GMT) Thursday, 3rd January 2019

Herchel Smith Postdoctoral Research Fellowships (Extreme Universe)

Published on 30/10/2018 
Institute of Astronomy, University of Cambridge
Reference: 
LG17150
Salary: 
£32,236-£39,609
Starting Date: 
1st October 2019
Tenure: 
The funds for this post are available for a minumum of 2 years and a maximum of 3 years.

The Managers of the Herchel Smith Postdoctoral Research Fellowships Fund invite applications for up to two Fellowships which would be held in the School of the Physical Sciences (SPS) of the University of Cambridge, either in the Institute of Astronomy (IoA) or the Department of Physics or the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics (DAMTP) all located at the west cambridge site. The fellowships are for research into the Extreme Universe: https://www.physsci.cam.ac.uk/researchinsps#extreme-universe.

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.

All applications, including required documents and references will need to be submitted online through the University's recruitment system. Any submitted application that does not include ALL of the required content (Full detail provided in the further particulars) will not be considered for the Fellowship. It is important to note that candidates must obtain a support letter from the host department prior to submission. More information about the School of Physical Sciences and its Departments can be found on the School's website: https://www.physsci.cam.ac.uk/departments.

Any queries about the application process or the vacancy can be directed to Ms Joy McSharry (jpm(at)ast.cam.ac.uk).

Please quote reference LG17150 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: 
19 December 2018
Application Deadline Information: 
Applications to be received by midnight. GMT

Closed Vacancies

Research Assistants/Associates (Fixed Term)

Published on 16/10/2018 
Institute of Astronomy, University of Cambridge
Reference: 
LG17053
Salary: 
£26,243-£31,302 or £32,236-£39,609
Starting Date: 
1st October 2019
Tenure: 
up to 3 years in the first instance

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for up to 3 years in the first instance.

The Institute of Astronomy (IoA), located at the West Cambridge site, expects to appoint several postdoctoral researchers in the IoA's observational, X-ray and theoretical astrophysics programmes. Research at the IoA includes observational and theoretical work in: exoplanetary detection, atmospheres and interiors; formation and evolution of stars, their planetary systems and disks; protoplanetary discs; Gaia satellite Milky Way and science alerts follow-up science; near-field cosmology; accretion discs; formation and evolution of galaxies, supermassive black holes and AGN; quasar absorption lines and the intergalactic medium; gravitational lensing; X-ray studies of clusters of galaxies and active galaxies; feedback processes; cosmological hydrodynamic simulations; emergence of structure during the epoch of reionization; cosmic microwave background cosmology and large-scale structure; transients and supernova cosmology; and astrostatistics.

Appointments could be made in any area within the overall programme detailed above.

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.

Further information can be obtained from Professor Richard McMahon (rgm(at)ast.cam.ac.uk). Full instructions on how to apply are given in the further particulars; queries can be addressed to Joy McSharry (jpm(at)ast.cam.ac.uk).

The University of Cambridge thrives on the diversity of its staff and students. Applications from underrepresented groups are particularly welcome. We have an active Equality and Diversity Committee which continually works to further the aims of the Athena SWAN charter. The University has a number of family-friendly policies and initiatives, including a returning-carer scheme, childcare costs support, university workplace nurseries, university holiday play-schemes, and a shared parental-leave policy. As part of its commitment to providing a family-friendly environment for researchers, the IoA ensures 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 LG17053 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: 
3 December 2018
Application Deadline Information: 
Applications to be received by midnight. GMT

University Lecturer in Astronomy

Published on 08/10/2018 
Institute of Astronomy, University of Cambridge
Reference: 
LG16956
Salary: 
£40,792-£51,630
Starting Date: 
1st October 2019
Tenure: 
Permanent

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.

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

Application Deadline Date: 
3 December 2018
Application Deadline Information: 
Applications to be received by midnight.

Leverhulme Trust/Isaac Newton Trust Early Career Fellowship

Published on 22/11/2017 
Institute of Astronomy, University of Cambridge
Salary: 
£32,236 - £39,609
Starting Date: 
Between 1 September 2019 and 1 May 2020
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 28 February 2019. 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 28 February 2019.

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 midnight on Monday 10 December. Those interested are strongly advised to make an early application. All applicants will be informed of the outcome no later than 22 December.

The Isaac Newton Trust closing date for submission of applications is 14 January 2019.

 

Application Deadline Date: 
10 December 2018

Marie Sklodowska-Curie Individual Fellowships

Published on 11/06/2015 
Institute of Astronomy, University of Cambridge
Salary: 
See call documentation for details
Starting Date: 
01/10/2019
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 12th September 2018, 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 24th August 2018.

 

Application Deadline Date: 
24 August 2018