Institute of Astronomy

Herchel Smith Postdoctoral Research Fellow x 2 (Fixed Term)

Published on 15/10/2021 
Institute of Astronomy, University of Cambridge
Starting Date: 
from 1 October 2022 (or otherwise by negotiation)
3 years in the first instance

The Managers of the Herchel Smith Postdoctoral Research Fellowships Fund invite applications for up to two Fellowships which would be held in Departments in the School of the Physical Sciences (SPS) at the University of Cambridge from 1 October 2022 (or otherwise by negotiation). Fellows are required to pursue their research on a full-time basis in Cambridge. Fellowships are available for up to three years and provide an opportunity for independent research, although the holders will usually work in close collaboration with established research groups in one of the departments in the School of the Physical Sciences.

We welcome applications from researchers in the fields of either astronomy, physics, applied mathematics or theoretical physics that relate to one of our strategic research themes: 'Extreme Universe'.

The Fellows will be able to undertake their research in the following departments: Institute of Astronomy (IoA), Physics or Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics (DAMTP).

The Fellowship stipend will be on the University's Postdoctoral Research Associate scale, currently between £33,309 - £40,927 per annum, with an annual research allowance of up to £15,000.

In accordance with Dr Smith's will, candidature is limited to candidates who have obtained their PhD degree, or equivalent, within the last three years at any university but normally excluding Cambridge and Harvard. Fellowships can only be offered to those with less than three years of postdoctoral experience by the time the award is taken up.

All applications, including required documents and contact details of referees, will need to be submitted online through the University's recruitment system. Any submitted application that does not include ALL of the content required (Full detail provided in the further particulars) will not be considered for the Fellowship.

It is important to note that candidates MUST obtain a support letter from the host department prior to application submission.

Application Information: 

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

Please submit your application by 23:59 BST of the closing date of Wednesday, 1st December 2021. If you have any queries about your application please contact Ms Joy McSharry (hr(at)

Further information about the vacancy can be obtained from Ms Paulina Pieprzyca (pp453(at)

Please quote reference LG28322 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: 
1 December 2021
Application Deadline Information: 
Applications to be received by midnight BST
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