Job Opportunities

Astrophysics graduates find jobs in a wide range of areas, including teaching, computing, finance, media, and research. Astrophysics graduates have high levels of numeracy, are skilled computer programmers, and are trained to solve challenging problems.

To give you an idea of the kinds of jobs that graduates of astrophysics work in, check out the Institute of Physics A day in the life” series.

MIRI Software Developer

A contract post is currently available as part of a European/US team to develop software for the Mid-Infrared Instrument (MIRI). MIRI will be flown on the James Webb Space Telescope, which is due for launch in 2018. It is essential that applicants have a PhD in Astrophysics or a related subject. They should also have relevant experience with astronomical data processing and knowledge of C++ and a scripting language, such as Python, are advantageous. Successful applicants may expect to carry out their own astronomical research in addition to their MIRI workload and help to shape the MIRI guaranteed time program. Current research interests in the Astronomy and Astrophysics Section are primarily in the areas of star formation and high-energy astrophysics. The initial contract will be for a 3-year period.

Applications, to include a CV, publication list, a short description of research interests, and the contact details of three referees should be sent, ideally as a single PDF file  quoting “MIRI Software Developer” in the subject field, to arrive on or before 30th September 2014. The position will remain open until filled and is available from Fall 2014. The Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies is an equal opportunity employer.

Salary will commence at 45212 euro per year with annual increments subject to satisfactory performance.

Included Benefits:

The post is offered subject to the general Irish public service regulations and employment legislation (e.g. regarding maternity leave, holiday entitlements, etc.) and includes generous pension provision paid for by the employer.


Postgraduate Scholarship in Star Formation

The Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies (DIAS) is offering a postgraduate scholarship to work in the Star Formation Group led by Prof. Tom Ray. Funding is available for 4 years starting in October 2014. The funding includes a stipend, postgraduate fees and covers conference/workshop participation. The student will work on the interpretation of observations of young stellar objects (YSOs), their disks and outflows. DIAS is collaborating on two interferometer projects involving LOFAR and GRAVITY on the VLT. It is envisaged that the student will work in the area of interferometry of YSOs.

A primary degree in physics, or a related field, and some background in observational astronomy are mandatory. Programming skills and experience with astronomical data analysis are beneficial.

Interested students are encouraged to send a brief statement of intent and a curriculum vitae to Ms. Eileen Flood, ( ), with the names of two referees. Inquiries can be made to Prof. Tom Ray ( ). The deadline for submissions is September 30th 2014.


Research Fellowship in Circumbinary planets  (Closing date May 27, 2013): The exoplanet group at Queen’s University Belfast, in collaboration with Warwick and Geneva, has recently announced a 3-year position to conduct reseach into circumbinary planets. This is part of the Eta-Earth Consortium – with the post holder reporting to Dr. Chris Watson (QUB), but with the position based at the University of Warwick under the joint supervision of Prof. Don Pollacco (Warwick) and Prof. Stephane Udry (Geneva).

For more details and to apply, follow this link.