University Lecturer in Astronomy

Job Summary

Tenure and Tenure-track Faculty Positions
University of Cambridge
Institute of Astronomy
Number of Positions Available
Work Arrangement

Job Description

The Institute of Astronomy, University of Cambridge located in West Cambridge, is looking to appoint a University Lecturer. The research profile of the Institute spans an extensive range of astrophysics, with internationally-recognized programs in exoplanet science, instrumentation, near field cosmology, stellar astrophysics, extragalactic astronomy, high-energy astrophysics, and cosmology. The Institute has close links with the Department of Physics (Cavendish Astrophysics) and the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics, and jointly administers the Kavli Institute for Cosmology Cambridge (KICC) with these other Departments. We are seeking candidates from any field of astronomy that strengthens, or complements, the current research interests of the Institute. The successful applicant will have a PhD in Astronomy or a related field and a record of excellence in research, a commitment to teaching astronomy and astrophysics at advanced undergraduate and postgraduate levels, and a willingness to contribute to the future development of the Institute.

The position is available from 1 October 2019 or as soon as possible thereafter. The appointment (comparable to the rank of Assistant Professor in the USA) will be permanent subject to a probationary period of five years. The pensionable scale of stipends is £40,792 - £51,630pa.

The University of Cambridge thrives on the diversity of its staff and students and is committed to equality of opportunity. Applications from underrepresented groups are particularly welcome. 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.

Informal enquiries may be sent to email address lectureship(at)

To apply online for this vacancy, please click on the 'Apply' button below. This will route you to the University's Web Recruitment System, where you will need to register an account (if you have not already) and log in before completing the online application form.

Applications should include a full curriculum vitae, a list of publications, a statement of research plans (maximum of five pages) and names and contact details of three referees. The deadline for applications will be 3rd December 2018; letters of reference will be requested upon receipt of the application and will be due 17th December 2018.

Please quote reference LG16956 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University values diversity and is committed to equality of opportunity.

The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK.

Compensation and Benefits

Included Benefits

Further benefits of the University employment are outlined at

Application Details

Publication Start Date
2018 Oct 08
Application Deadline
2018 Dec 03
Reference Code


Selection Panel