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

RAS Research Fellowships 2020

Published on 07/09/2015 
Institute of Astronomy, University of Cambridge
See RAS notes
Starting Date: 
October 2020
3 years

The Institute of Astronomy welcomes applications from individuals for the Royal Astronomical Society Research Fellowship 2020 to be held at the Institute.

The RAS Research Fellowship would begin on 1 October 2020 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 2015.

Requests for the Institute to act as a host should be accompanied by a CV, draft 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 18 October 2019 but materials should be sent to by 10 October 2019 at the very latest.

We would then send applicants a completed RAS host institute approval form, which applicants are responsible for uploading to the RAS's application system to complete their application.

Application Deadline Date: 
10 October 2019

Closed Vacancies

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 11th September 2019, 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 23rd August 2019.


Application Deadline Date: 
23 August 2019