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.

Open Vacancies

Research Assistant: Commercial thermal infra-red earth observation satellite end-user cases (Part Time, Fixed Term)

Published on 25/02/2021 
Institute of Astronomy, University of Cambridge
£26,715-£30,942 pro rata
Starting Date: 
1st April 2021
Six months in the first instance

The Institute of Astronomy (IoA), Cambridge University expects to appoint one researcher (3 days per week) to work with Dr Ian Parry on a project to develop the end use cases for thermal infra red (TIR) space telescopes in low earth orbit making earth observations. Experience in business, commercialization, space technology and operating drones is required. The successful applicant will use a thermal infrared camera on a drone to emulate data taken with satellites from low earth orbit and use the data to engage with possible end-users to assess the potential for commercialization.

Application Information: 

Click on '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 Wednesday, 17th March 2021. If you have any queries about your application please contact Ms Joy McSharry (jpm(at) Informal enquires may be addressed to Dr. Ian Parry (irp(at)

Please quote reference LG25820 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: 
17 March 2021
Application Deadline Information: 
Applications to be received by midnight.

Closed Vacancies

STFC Webb Fellowship

Published on 09/02/2021 
Institute of Astronomy, University of Cambridge
£41,526 - £52,559
Starting Date: 
1 October 2021
Up to five years (3+2)

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

STFC are offering up to 2 Webb Fellowships, which provide up to five years (3+2) of funding to outstanding researchers at an early stage of their career. The aim is to support future scientific leaders to establish a strong, independent research program based around the James Webb Space Telescope and engaging with the UK JWST community whether through post-pipeline data analysis or through direct engagement.

The role of the Fellows will be to undertake their own research programme utilising the capabilities of the JWST (around 70% of their time) and to enhance the UK community use and wider impact of the JWST (around 30% of their time). Fellows will be expected to liaise with the MIRI PI (based at the UKATC in Edinburgh) to coordinate with other post-delivery functional activities being undertaken by the UK JWST team.

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 22nd February, or ideally sooner.

STFC's ultimate submission deadline is 4th March. Further details and scheme notes are available on UKRI's website;


Application Deadline Date: 
22 February 2021