Research Associate in Galaxy Formation & Evolution

Submission Information
Publish Date: 
Thursday, October 20, 2022
Archive Date: 
Thursday, December 8, 2022
Job Summary
Job Category: 
Post-doctoral Positions and Fellowships
Institution Classification/Type: 
Large Academic
University of Cambridge
Department Name: 
Department of Physics
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
Job Announcement Text: 


DEPARTMENT/LOCATION:       Department of Physics, Cavendish Laboratory

SALARY:                                   £34,308 - £42,155 p.a. (GRADE 7)

REFERENCE:                             KA33675   

The Astrophysics Group of the Department of Physics and the Kavli Institute for Cosmology, University of Cambridge, invite applications for a Postdoctoral Research Associate to work in support of activities related to the group's programme on the formation and evolution of galaxies and black holes. Within this framework, the team led by Prof Roberto Maiolino and Dr Sandro Tacchella exploits a variety of multi-band data on nearby and distant galaxies, obtained from various observing facilities and surveys (including ALMA, ESO-VLT, SDSS4-MANGA), is heavily involved in the JWST NIRSpec and NIRCam GTO programmes, and also in the preparation of the observing programmes some of the major forthcoming observational facilities, such as MOONS@VLT. The group also uses extensive cosmological simulations and theoretical models for comparison with observational data.

The successful applicant is expected to work in collaboration with the team led by Prof. Roberto Maiolino and Dr Sandro Tacchella on the analysis and interpretation of observational data (especially from some of the facilities discussed above) to investigate the physical processes driving galaxy evolution, also through comparison with cosmological simulations.

Further information on the research activities of the Kavli Institute and of the team can be found at:

Applicants should have a PhD in Astronomy or Astrophysics or a closely related discipline (or should have a PhD in these areas by the time they start the job). They should have a proven track record in research in astrophysics. The candidate must be experienced with astronomical data analysis and interpretation and familiar with software packages for data analysis. Familiarity with cosmological simulations is also desirable.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 3 years in the first instance.

To apply for this vacancy and to view further information about the role, please visit:

This will take you to the role on the University’s Job Opportunities pages.  There you will need to click on the ‘Apply online’ button and register an account with the University’s Web Recruitment System (if you have not already) and log in before completing the online application form. The applicant should upload a CV and a Statement of Research Interests (two pages maximum), by the closing date of 7th December 2022. The names and contact details of two referees are a necessary part of the submission. Referees will be contacted automatically following an application but applicants are strongly advised to prepare nominated referees for the need to provide references by 19th December 2022.

Further information may be obtained from Prof. Roberto Maiolino: [email protected]

Please quote reference KA33675 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.

Application Deadline: 
Wednesday, December 7, 2022
Selection Deadline: 
Tuesday, January 17, 2023
Current Status of Position: 
No Status Given (Opted Out)
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Attention To: 
Professor Roberto Maiolino