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 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.

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.

Gavin Boyle Fellowship in Cosmology and Exoplanetary Science (Fixed Term)

Published on 28/09/2018 
Kavli Institute for Cosmology (Institute of Astronomy/Cavendish Laboratory)
Reference: 
LG16857
Salary: 
£26,243-£39,609
Starting Date: 
1st October 2019
Tenure: 
3 years in the first instance

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 3 years in the first instance, with the possibility of an additional 2 year extension subject to funding.

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.

Please quote reference LG16857 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: 
29 November 2018
Application Deadline Information: 
midnight (BST or Daylight Saving time)

Research Associate in Exoplanet Applications Data Science (Fixed Term)

Published on 19/09/2018 
Institute of Astronomy, University of Cambridge
Reference: 
LG16794
Salary: 
£32,236-£39,609
Starting Date: 
1st of January or as soon as possible thereafter
Tenure: 
31st March 2022

The funds for this post are available until 31 March 2022 in the first instance with good prospects for further extension subject to funding.

This is an exciting opportunity for an ambitious Exoplanet Data Scientist to work within the Cambridge Astronomical Survey Unit (CASU) at the Institute of Astronomy, (IoA) in West Cambridge as part of the PLATO exoplanet analysis system development team. Starting Date: From 1st January 2019 or as early as possible thereafter.

Application Information: 
To apply online for this vacancy and to view further information about the role, please visit: http://www.jobs.cam.ac.uk/job/18855. This will take you to the role on the University’s Job Opportunities pages. There you will need to click on the 'Apply online' button and register an account with the University's Web Recruitment System (if you have not already) and log in before completing the online application form.

Please ensure that you upload your Curriculum Vitae (CV) and covering letter and the names of three referees. For application queries please contact Joy McSharry (jpm(at)ast.cam.ac.uk)

Informal enquiries may be directed to Dr. Nicholas Walton (naw(at)ast.cam.ac.uk)

Please quote reference LG16794 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: 
31 October 2018
Application Deadline Information: 
midnight (BST or Daylight Saving time)

Kavli Institute Fellow in Gravitational Waves

Published on 03/09/2018 
Institute of Astronomy, University of Cambridge
Reference: 
LG16636
Salary: 
£39,992-£50,618
Starting Date: 
1st October 2019
Tenure: 
5 years in the first instance

In a new collaborative initiative, three University of Cambridge departments conducting research activities related to 'Gravitational Waves', the Cavendish Laboratory, Institute of Astronomy (IoA ) and Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics (DAMTP), are offering a senior Fellowship in Gravitational Wave theory and Astronomy, to be conducted within the Kavli Institute for Cosmology located within the IoA (West Cambridge).

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.

Please ensure that you upload your Curriculum Vitae (CV), covering letter, publications list and research statement (3 pages max, 11pt fonts) in the upload section of the online application. If you upload any additional documents that have not been requested, we will not be able to consider these as part of your application. The names of three referees are a necessary part of the submission. Referees will be contacted automatically following an application but applicants are strongly advised to prepare nominated referees for the need to provide references by Thursday, 15th November 2018.

If you have any queries about your application, please contact Mr Steven Brereton (email Kavlisec(at)ast.cam.ac.uk, telephone +44(0) 1223 337516).

The closing date for applications is midnight (BST or Daylight Saving time) Thursday, 1st November 2018.

Please quote reference LG16636 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.

The IoA is committed to providing a family friendly environment for researchers and is ensuring 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 (http://www.ast.cam.ac.uk/postdoc).

Application Deadline Date: 
1 November 2018
Application Deadline Information: 
midnight (BST or Daylight Saving time) Thursday, 1st November 2018.

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 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

Royal Society - Dorothy Hodgkin Fellowships

Published on 05/10/2017 
Institute of Astronomy, University of Cambridge
Salary: 
Starting salary up to £40,354.58
Starting Date: 
01/10/2019
Tenure: 
5 years

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

This fellowship scheme is aimed at outstanding scientists in the UK at an early stage of their research career (have completed your PhD but have no more than 6 years of research experience post PhD by the closing date of the round) who require a flexible working pattern due to personal circumstances such as parenting or caring responsibilities or health issues.

The Society’s fellowships are highly flexible and part-time working, sabbaticals and secondments can be accommodated. There is also provision for maternity, paternity, adoptive or extended sick leave.

Funding for 5 years is provided, which covers the applicants salary as well as research expenses (up to £13,000 for the first year and up to £11,000 annually thereafter).

This year up to an additional £120,000 can be applied for, which can be used as a contribution towards the cost of a 4-year PhD student or 1.5-year PDRA.

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 Friday 26th October.

Royal Society's ultimate submission deadline is Wednesday 14th November. Further details and scheme notes are available on Royal Society's website;

https://royalsociety.org/grants-schemes-awards/grants/dorothy-hodgkin-fellowship/

 

 

Application Deadline Date: 
26 October 2018

Closed Vacancies

Newton-Kavli Junior Fellow

Published on 03/09/2018 
Institute of Astronomy, University of Cambridge
Reference: 
LG16653
Salary: 
£25,728-£29,799 or £29,799-£38,833
Starting Date: 
1st October 2019
Tenure: 
3 years in the first instance

The Kavli Institute for Cosmology, University of Cambridge (Located at the West Cambridge Site), is offering one Newton-Kavli Junior Fellowships in Cosmology and Astrophysics for three years starting in October 2019. The Fellowship programme is jointly supported by the Isaac Newton Trust and by the Kavli Foundation.

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.

Please ensure that you upload your Curriculum Vitae (CV), covering letter, publications list and research statement (3 pages max, 11pt fonts) in the upload section of the online application. If you upload any additional documents that have not been requested, we will not be able to consider these as part of your application. The names of three referees are a necessary part of the submission. Referees will be contacted automatically following an application but applicants are strongly advised to prepare nominated referees for the need to provide references by Monday, 29th October 2018.

If you have any queries about your application, please contact Mr Steven Brereton (email Kavlisec(at)ast.cam.ac.uk, telephone +44(0) 1223 337516).

The closing date for applications is midnight (BST or Daylight Saving time) Thursday, 18th October 2018.

Please quote reference LG16653 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.

The department is committed to providing a family friendly environment for researchers and is ensuring 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 (http://www.ast.cam.ac.uk/postdoc).

 

Application Deadline Date: 
18 October 2018
Application Deadline Information: 
midnight (BST or Daylight Saving time) Thursday, 18th October 2018.

Kavli Institute Fellow

Published on 03/09/2018 
Institute of Astronomy, University of Cambridge
Reference: 
LG16621
Salary: 
£39,992-£50,618
Starting Date: 
1st October 2019
Tenure: 
5 years in the first instance

The Kavli Institute for Cosmology, University of Cambridge (located at the West Cambridge site) is offering one senior Fellowship. The Kavli Institute Fellowship will be for five years starting in October 2019. Applicants must be experienced researchers and have a PhD in Astronomy or a related field and a proven track record of independent research in one, or more, of the research themes of the Kavli Institute.

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.

Please ensure that you upload your Curriculum Vitae (CV), covering letter, publications list and research statement (3 pages max, 11pt fonts) in the upload section of the online application. If you upload any additional documents that have not been requested, we will not be able to consider these as part of your application. The names of three referees are a necessary part of the submission. Referees will be contacted automatically following an application but applicants are strongly advised to prepare nominated referees for the need to provide references by Monday, 29th October 218.

If you have any queries about your application, please contact Mr Steven Brereton (email Kavlisec(at)ast.cam.ac.uk, telephone +44(0) 1223 337516).

The closing date for applications is midnight (BST or Daylight Saving time) Thursday, 18th October 2018.

Please quote reference LG16621 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.

The IoA is committed to providing a family friendly environment for researchers and is ensuring 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 (http://www.ast.cam.ac.uk/postdoc).

Application Deadline Date: 
18 October 2018
Application Deadline Information: 
midnight (BST or Daylight Saving time) Thursday, 18th October 2018.

RAS Research Fellowships 2019

Published on 07/09/2015 
Institute of Astronomy, University of Cambridge
Salary: 
See RAS notes
Starting Date: 
October 2019
Tenure: 
3 years

The Institute of Astronomy welcomes applications from individuals for the Royal Astronomical Society Research Fellowship 2019 to be held at the Institute.

The RAS Research Fellowship would begin on 1 October 2019 or within 6 months thereafter. Each fellowship provides post-doctoral funding for up to three years.

The RAS Research Fellowship is offered to outstanding candidates to enable them to pursue research in the UK in the disciplines advanced by the RAS i.e. astronomy, solar system science, geophysics and closely related branches of these sciences. Applicants must have been awarded their PhD after October 2014.

Requests for the Institute to act as a host should be accompanied by a CV, research proposal, publication list and the name of a member of the Institute of Astronomy's Academic Staff with whom the applicant has research interests in common.

The RAS deadline is 19 October 2018 but materials should be sent to  fellowships@ast.cam.ac.uk by 12 October 2018 at the very latest.

Application Deadline Date: 
12 October 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