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

Kavli Institute Fellowships in Cosmology and Astrophysics (Fixed Term)

Published on 07/09/2022 
Institute of Astronomy, University of Cambridge
Reference: 
LG33007
Salary: 
£34,308-£54,949
Starting Date: 
October 2023 with some flexibility
Tenure: 
Three years in the first instance

Fixed-term: The funds for these posts are available for 3 years in the first instance, with the possibility of extending the term for two additional years depending on funding.

The Kavli Institute for Cosmology, Cambridge, is offering one or more Kavli Fellowships in Cosmology and Astrophysics.

Application Information: 

Click 'Apply' to register an account with our recruitment system (if you have not already) and apply online.

Please quote reference LG33007 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

Please ensure that you upload your Curriculum Vitae (CV), cover letter, publications list and research statement (three A4 pages maximum in 11pt font) in the Upload section of the online application. The names and email contact details of three academic referees are a necessary part of the submission. You should advise nominated referees that their references will be requested with a deadline of 2nd November 2022.

Applications will be reviewed after the closing date and short-listed candidates will be interviewed in December 2022.

Informal enquires can be addressed via email to kavlisec(at)ast.cam.ac.uk

Application Deadline Date: 
24 October 2022
Application Deadline Information: 
Applications to be received by 23:59 BST

Research Associate/Senior Research Associate in Gaia/PLATO Data Science

Published on 07/09/2022 
Institute of Astronomy, University of Cambridge
Reference: 
LG33025
Salary: 
£34,308-£54,949
Starting Date: 
1st December 2022 or as soon as possible thereafer
Tenure: 
31st March 2025

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available until 31 March 2025 in the first instance with good prospects for further extension subject to grant funding. The anticipated start date is 1st December 2022 or as early as possible thereafter.

This is an exciting opportunity for an ambitious data scientist to work at the Cambridge Astronomical Survey Unit (CASU) in the Institute of Astronomy (IoA) as part of the Gaia and PLATO system development teams.

Application Information: 

Click 'Apply' to register an account with our recruitment system (if you have not already) and apply online.

Please quote reference LG33025 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

Application Deadline Date: 
19 October 2022
Application Deadline Information: 
Applications to be received by 23:59 BST

Gaia/PLATO Research Software Engineer (Technician)

Published on 07/09/2022 
Institute of Astronomy, University of Cambridge
Reference: 
LG33062
Salary: 
£32,348-£42,155
Starting Date: 
1st December 2022 or as soon as possible thereafer
Tenure: 
31st March 2025

Limited funding: The funds for this post are available until 31 March 2025 in the first instance with good prospects for further extension subject to grant funding. The anticipated start date is 1st December 2022 or as early as possible thereafter.

This is an exciting opportunity for an ambitious research software engineer to work at the Cambridge Astronomical Survey Unit (CASU) in the Institute of Astronomy (IoA) as part of the Gaia and PLATO system development teams.

Application Information: 

Click 'Apply' to register an account with our recruitment system (if you have not already) and apply online.

Application Deadline Date: 
19 October 2022
Application Deadline Information: 
Applications to be received by 23:59 BST

Assistant/Associate Professor in Data Intensive Science x 2

Published on 23/08/2022 
Department of Physics, Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics, and the Institute of Astronomy.
Reference: 
KA32385
Salary: 
£42,149-£53,348 or £56,587-£60,022

The School of Physical Sciences invites applications for two University Assistant/Associate Professorships in the field of Data Intensive Science to be held either in, or shared between, the Department of Physics, the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics, and the Institute of Astronomy.

The Departments and School are looking for talented career scientists to develop and promote an ambitious research programme aimed at understanding fundamental mechanisms in their subject area through advanced analysis of large scientific datasets. The research area of the lectureship in Physics, Astronomy, Mathematics or associated areas is broadly defined and depending on this the position will be based in either the Department of Physics, the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics, the Institute of Astronomy, or held jointly between two departments.

Application Deadline Date: 
30 September 2022

Research Associate In Cosmic Microwave Background (Fixed Term)

Published on 27/07/2022 
Institute of Astronomy, University of Cambridge
Reference: 
SAE-019471
Salary: 
£31,406 to £49,210 pa across various universities, depending on experience
Starting Date: 
Available from 1st October 2022
Tenure: 
Three years in the first instance

The Simons Observatory:UK (SO:UK) collaboration seeks five Post-Doctoral Research Associates (PDRAs) to work on the Simons Observatory (SO). SO is a next-generation Cosmic Microwave Background observatory currently under construction in the Atacama Desert in Chile and due to begin early science operations in early 2023. The positions will be based at The University of Manchester (two positions), The University of Cambridge (one position), The University of Oxford (one position) and Imperial College London (one position).

Application Information: 

We are performing a single recruitment exercise for all five posts. All applications should initially be submitted through The University of Manchester's job application website (link below). Applications should include a CV, list of publications and research statement (max. 3 pages). Consideration of applications (and interviews) will be conducted by a single multi-institution assessment panel. Interviews will be conducted remotely (on zoom).

Please note that, by applying for these positions, applicants agree to the sharing of their application data between all four host institutions.

The School/Department is strongly committed to promoting equality and diversity, including the Athena SWAN charter for gender equality in higher education. The School/Department holds a Silver Award which recognises their good practice in relation to gender; including flexible working arrangements, family-friendly policies, and support to allow staff achieve a good work-life balance. We particularly welcome applications from women for this post. All appointment will be made on merit. For further information, please visit: http://www.physics.manchester.ac.uk/about-us/equality-and-diversity/

Our University is positive about flexible working.

Blended working arrangements may be considered

To apply for the vacancies (Manchester's job application website) please click on this link

https://www.jobs.manchester.ac.uk/displayjob.aspx?jobid=22910

Please note that we are unable to respond to enquiries, accept CVs or applications from Recruitment Agencies.

Enquiries about the vacancy, shortlisting and interviews:

Manchester positions: Professor Michael Brown

Email: m.l.brown@manchester.ac.uk

Cambridge position: Professor Anthony Challinor

Email: a.d.challinor@ast.cam.ac.uk

Oxford position: Professor Angela Taylor

Email: angela.taylor@physics.ox.ac.uk

Imperial College London position: Professor Andrew Jaffe

Email: a.jaffe@imperial.ac.uk

General enquiries:

Email: People.recruitment@manchester.ac.uk

Technical support:

https://jobseekersupport.jobtrain.co.uk/support/home

This vacancy will close for applications at midnight on the closing date.

Please quote reference SAE-019471 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: 
30 September 2022
Application Deadline Information: 
Applications to be received by 23:59 GMT

RAS Research and Norman Lockyer Fellowships

Published on 07/09/2015 
Institute of Astronomy, University of Cambridge
Salary: 
See RAS notes
Starting Date: 
October 2023
Tenure: 
3 years

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

Royal Astronomical Society offer two similar fellowships, the "Research Fellowship" and the "Norman Lockyer Fellowship". Each will be available once every three years. Applications for RAS Fellowships will be sought in the years 2021, 2024 and 2027 and for the Norman Lockyer Fellowship in 2022, 2025 and 2028 (for fellowships starting in the following year).

The purpose of the RAS Research Fellowships is to enable outstanding candidates 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.  

The RAS Norman Lockyer Fellowship is awarded to enable an outstanding researcher to devote the majority of their time to research on an astronomical topic, including solar system and planetary science. They are named after Sir Norman Lockyer (1836-1920), pioneering solar astronomer and discoverer of helium. 

The fellowships are awarded for a period of up to three years beginning on 1 October in the year of the award (or within 6 months thereafter). Applicants must have been awarded their PhD after 1 October 2018.

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 (you should have contacted them beforehand to ensure that they are happy to support your application).

The RAS deadline is 15 October 2022 but materials should be be sent to fellowships@ast.cam.ac.uk by 7 October 2022 at the very latest.

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

Application Deadline Date: 
7 October 2022

Closed Vacancies

There are currently no listings of previously closed vacancies at the Institute of Astronomy.