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

Royal Society University Research Fellowships

Published on 19/07/2019 
Institute of Astronomy, University of Cambridge
Starting salary up to £40,681.46
Starting Date: 
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.

Application Deadline Date: 
3 September 2019

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: 
11 September 2019

STFC Ernest Rutherford Fellowship

Published on 09/06/2015 
Institute of Astronomy, University of Cambridge
£40,792 to £51,630
Starting Date: 
Up to 5 years

The Institute of Astronomy will offer to support a small number or quota of applications 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 encourages applications from candidates who are intending to return to research from a career break (normally of at least two years).

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 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 the middle of August and pre-applications must be received no later than Sunday 11th August 2019. Those interested are strongly advised to make an early application. All applicants will be informed of the outcome no later than Thursday 22nd August 2019.

The STFC closing date for submission of applications is 4pm Thursday 26th September 2019. All materials will need to have been submitted to the STFC via the JES system by 5pm Thursday 19th September 2019 to give time for checking, approval and ultimate submission by Cambridge University Research Services Division.


Application Deadline Date: 
11 August 2019

Closed Vacancies

Research Associate (Fixed Term)

Published on 22/05/2019 
Institute of Astronomy, University of Cambridge
Starting Date: 
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) Further information is available from Dr. Anastasia Fialkov (afialkov(at)

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