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

Royal Society University Research Fellowships

Published on 19/07/2019 
Institute of Astronomy, University of Cambridge
Salary: 
£42,149 to £53,348
Starting Date: 
1st October 2023
Tenure: 
Initially five years with a possible further extension of three years (see Royal Society for further details)

The Institute of Astronomy is pleased to invite pre-applications from suitably-qualified researchers who wish to apply for a Royal Society University Research Fellowship (URF) to be held within the Institute.

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 submitting a request for Institute support.

Applicants must have an appropriate level of experience (between three and eight years of post-Ph.D. research experience at the time of application), significant research recognition (via publications and citations) and be able to demonstrate evidence of independence/leadership potential.

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

  •     cv

  •     publication list

  •     draft research proposal

  •     name and contact details of the proposed referee (personal reference)

  •     name of the IoA Staff member who has agreed to support the 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.

In order to be considered, applicants must send their pre-application materials to reach the Institute of Astronomy by 22nd July at the latest.

Successful pre-application candidates will be provided with support and advice to improve their application before submission to Royal Society. If selected for interview, the Institute of Astronomy will arrange mock interviews to further support our candidates and maximise their chances of success.

Completed applications will have to be submitted on the Royal Society's Flexi-Grant system by 30th August to give time for checking, approval and ultimate submission by Cambridge University Research Services Division.

The final deadline for submission of applications to the Royal Society is 3pm 6th September.

The deadline for Head of Department/Nominated Referee references/statements to be submitted online using the Royal Society's Flexi-Grant system is also 3pm 6th September.

 

Application Deadline Date: 
22 July 2022

STFC Ernest Rutherford Fellowships

Published on 09/06/2015 
Institute of Astronomy, University of Cambridge
Salary: 
£42,149 to £53,348
Starting Date: 
1st October 2023
Tenure: 
Up to 5 years

The Institute of Astronomy will offer to support up to three applications (our quota) for the STFC Rutherford 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.

The Rutherford Fellowships are highly competitive and suitable candidates will normally: i) currently hold a prize fellowship or, be employed on their second or third postdoctoral position following completion of their Ph.D., ii) be able to demonstrate a highly successful research record, including an impressive publication list and associated recognition - evident via a strong citation record and iii) have shown evidence of leadership within their research field and/or major research collaborations/projects. STFC also encourage application from those seeking to resume their research career, after career breaks of normally at least one year.

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

  •     cv

  •     publication list

  •     draft research proposal

  •     name and contact details of the proposed referee (personal reference)

  •     name of the IoA Staff member who has agreed to support the application.

Materials should be sent to fellowships@ast.cam.ac.uk with attachments as a single .pdf format file. STFC specify that documents must be submitted as pdf attachments in 11 point Arial font and have a minimum 2 cm margin.

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 from late July and pre-applications must be received no later than 22nd July. All applicants will be informed of the outcome during the week commencing 25th July.

Successful pre-application candidates will be provided with support and advice to improve their application before submission to STFC. If selected for interview, the Institute of Astronomy will arrange mock interviews to further support our candidates and maximise their chances of success.

As per STFC guidelines, candidates will not be put under any pressure to accept an offer to be hosted before the 16th August. This is to ensure candidates who submit pre-applications to multiple host organisations are given time to make an informed decision regarding which one to proceed with.

The STFC closing date for submission of applications is 4pm 13th September. All materials will need to be submitted to the STFC via the JES system by 5pm 6th September to give time for checking, approval and ultimate submission by Cambridge University Research Services Division.

 

Application Deadline Date: 
22 July 2022

Closed Vacancies

Professorship of Astrophysics (1909)

Published on 09/03/2022 
Institute of Astronomy, University of Cambridge
Reference: 
LG30438
Salary: 
A competitive salary will be offered
Starting Date: 
1 October 2022 or as soon possible thereafter

The Board of Electors and the Institute of Astronomy invites applications for the highly prestigious Professorship of Astrophysics (1909) with effect from 1 October 2022 or as soon possible thereafter. The current holder is George Efstathiou FRS who will retire in September 2022. The Professorship of Astrophysics (1909) is one of two Institute of Astronomy endowed professorships. The other is the Plumian Professorship of Astronomy and Experimental Philosophy which is held by Chris Reynolds, who works in high energy astrophysics.

Candidates will have an outstanding research record of international stature in observational or theoretical astronomy and astrophysics and the vision, leadership, experience and enthusiasm to build on current strengths in maintaining and developing a leading research presence. They will hold a PhD or equivalent postgraduate qualification.

Standard professorial duties include teaching and research, examining, supervision and administration. The Professor will be based in Cambridge. A competitive salary will be offered.

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

Further information is available at: http://www.hr.admin.cam.ac.uk/professorships or contact the Human Resources, University Offices, The Old Schools, Cambridge, CB2 1TT, (email: professorships@admin.cam.ac.uk).

Applications, consisting of a letter of application, a statement of current and future research plans, a curriculum vitae and a publications list, along with details of three referees should be made online no later than 27 April 2022.

Informal enquiries may be directed to Professor Richard McMahon, Head of Department, Institute of Astronomy (email: director@ast.cam.ac.uk).

The University of Cambridge thrives on the diversity of its staff and students. The Institute particularly welcomes applications from women and/or candidates from a BME background for this vacancy as they are currently under-represented. We have an active Equality, Diversity and Inclusion 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 pay- 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.

To read more about the Equality and Diversity policies at the University please see Equality & Diversity at the University of Cambridge. For information on Equality and Diversity at the Institute of Astronomy, see here.

Please quote reference LG30438 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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

APPLY ONLINE HERE

Application Deadline Date: 
27 April 2022