Institute of Astronomy

Research Assistant/Associate in Galaxy Formation (Fixed Term)

Published on 24/11/2021 
Institute of Astronomy, University of Cambridge
£27,116 - £31,406 or £33,309 - £40,927
Starting Date: 
3 years in the first instance

The Institute of Astronomy (IoA) expects to appoint a postdoctoral researcher to work in Professor Debora Sijacki's group. The research will encompass a wide range of issues relating to black hole and galaxy formation at high redshifts, their cosmic evolution to the present day and the impact of supermassive black holes on galaxy mergers and galaxy clusters. The research will involve extensive hydrodynamical simulations as well as linkage to observational data. Substantial experience in N-body/hydrodynamical modelling is thus highly desirable for this position.

The successful applicant will be expected to pursue independent and collaborative research, develop a high degree of interaction with the faculty, postdoctoral researchers and research students, and actively contribute to the life of the department. They will disseminate their research findings via publications or other appropriate media, such as international workshops and conferences. They will be encouraged to participate in the teaching and learning programmes of the department as well as in the supervision of postgraduate research students and outreach events.


Applicants must have a PhD in Astronomy or a related field, or have satisfied the requirements for the PhD, by the time of appointment. Applicants must possess a scientific publication record and a clear outline of current and future research areas of interest. Applicants must have excellent communication and computing skills and are expected to produce scientific articles for publication in peer-reviewed journals.

A successful candidate who has not been awarded their PhD will be under appointed at Grade 5, (Research Assistant - £27,116 to £31,406 per annum) and upon award, promoted to Grade 7, (Research Associate - £33,309 to £40,927).

The University of Cambridge thrives on the diversity of its staff and students. The Institute particularly welcomes applications from women and/or candidates from a BME background for this vacancy as they are currently under-represented. 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.

Application Information: 

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Please submit your application by 23:59 GMT of the closing date of Monday 20th December 2021. Please refer to further particulars for full instructions and be aware that referees will be asked to supply reference letters by 23rd December 2021. If you have any queries about your application please contact Ms Joy McSharry (hr(at) Informal enquires may be addressed to Professor Debora Sijacki (deboras(at)

Please quote reference LG29119 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: 
20 December 2021
Application Deadline Information: 
Applications to be received by midnight GMT
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