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

Research Associate (Fixed Term)

Published on 22/05/2019 
Institute of Astronomy, University of Cambridge
Reference: 
Lg19265
Salary: 
£32,236-£39,609
Starting Date: 
-
Tenure: 
2 years in the first instance

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

Applications are invited for a postdoctoral Research Associate in the field of theoretical and numerical astrophysics to work with Dr. Anastasia Fialkov at the Institute of Astronomy (based in West Cambridge).

The Post-holder will be expected to work on topics aligned with the project "Traces of Primordial Star Formation in the 21-cm Signal" funded by the Royal Society including star/galaxy formation during cosmic dawn and reionization, the role of dark matter.

Application Information: 

Click the 'Apply' button 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 Thursday, 27th June 2019. If you have any queries about your application please contact Ms Joy McSharry (jpm(at)ast.cam.ac.uk). Further information is available from Dr. Anastasia Fialkov (afialkov(at)ast.cam.ac.uk).

Please quote reference LG19265 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: 
27 June 2019
Application Deadline Information: 
midnight (GMT) Thursday, 27th June 2019

Stephen Hawking Fellowships

Published on 16/05/2019 
Institute of Astronomy, University of Cambridge
Salary: 
£32,236 - £51,630
Starting Date: 
1st October 2020
Tenure: 
4 years

The Institute of Astronomy is pleased to invite pre-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. UKRI are providing funding for five annual calls delivered jointly by EPSRC and STFC.

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. Applicants must demonstrate within their application how the Stephen Hawking Prize Fellowship will support and enable their research agenda, develop their skills in public engagement and science communication, and clearly demonstrate that their skills and experience at the time of application match those outlined in the person specification.

The objectives of the scheme are:

  • To fund new high quality research and support the development and training of early career researchers in the field of theoretical physics.
  • To train a cohort of researchers with the skills to continue a legacy of public engagement in the field of theoretical physics.

For further details please see: https://www.ukri.org/funding/funding-opportunities/stephen-hawking-fellowships/

Before applying, applicants should review the Institute’s areas of research as well as the research interests of the Institute's Academic Staff, to consider how their proposed research would complement research currently being undertaken at the Institute.

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 short summary of research proposal (maximum 4000 characters excluding spaces). Applicants are expected to set out a vision of what can be achieved during the project.
  • 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.

The Institute's selection committee will begin reviewing applications in the week commencing 10th June and pre-applications must be received no later than Sunday 9th June 2019. Those interested are strongly advised to make an early application. All applicants will be informed of the outcome no later than Thursday 13th June.

Once approval has been given by the Institute's selection committee, applicants will need to submit an "Intention to Submit" to UKRI via Smart Survey by Thursday 20th June 2019.

The deadline for full proposals is 4pm Wednesday 24th July 2019. All materials will need to be submitted via the JES system by 5pm Wednesday 17th July 2019 to give time for checking, approval and ultimate submission by Cambridge University Research Office.

Application Deadline Date: 
9 June 2019

Research Associate/Senior Research Associate (Fixed Term)

Published on 08/05/2019 
Institute of Astronomy, University of Cambridge
Reference: 
LG18962
Salary: 
£32,236 to £51,630
Starting Date: 
1st September 2019 or as early as possible thereafter
Tenure: 
31 March 2022

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available until 31 March 2022 in the first instance.

This is an exciting opportunity for an ambitious Astronomical Data Analysis Scientist to work within the Cambridge Astronomical Survey Unit (CASU) at the Institute of Astronomy (IoA) located in West Cambrdige as part of the WEAVE spectroscopic analysis system development team.

Application Information: 

To apply online for this vacancy and to view further information about the role, please click here . Please submit your application by midnight of the closing date of Wednesday, 19th June 2019. If you have any queries about your application or require further information, please contact Ms Joy McSharry (jpm@ast.cam.ac.uk). Further information can be obtained from Dr. Nicholas Walton (naw@ast.cam.ac.uk ). It is anticipated that interviews will be held 19, 22 or 23 July 2019.

Please quote reference LG18962 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: 
19 June 2019
Application Deadline Information: 
midnight (GMT) Wednesday, 19th June 2019

Closed Vacancies

Personal Assistant

Published on 15/04/2019 
Institute of Astronomy, University of Cambridge
Reference: 
LG18823
Salary: 
£26,243-£30,395
Starting Date: 
as soon as possible
Tenure: 
Permanent

The Institute of Astronomy wishes to appoint a Personal Assistant to provide high level administrative and secretarial support principally to the Director of the Institute and the Plumian Professor of Astronomy but also the Departmental Administrator and other senior academics to ensure the efficient and effective management of the individuals' time and work. The role is within the administration team (numbering six staff including this role) of the Institute of Astronomy (IoA).

Application Information: 

Click here 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, 1st May 2019. If you have any queries about your application or require further information, please contact Mrs Angela Macharia (am2730(at)ast.cam.ac.uk).

The closing date for applications has been extended to midnight, Wednesday 22nd May 2019.

Please quote reference LG18823 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: 
22 May 2019
Application Deadline Information: 
Applications to be received by midnight.