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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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.

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
£32,236 - £39,609
Starting Date: 
Between 1 September 2019 and 1 May 2020
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 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
See call documentation for details
Starting Date: 
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