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Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics

We invite applications for a postdoctoral position in Cosmology at the University of Cambridge. This ERC-funded position will be based at the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics and the Kavli Institute for Cosmology, Cambridge.

Candidates should be qualified to undertake research in the areas of CMB, large-scale structure, cosmological tests of fundamental physics, or other areas of cosmology. While the main criterion is research excellence and strong researchers in any area of cosmology will be seriously considered, candidates interested in working on CMB gravitational lensing, CMB polarization, large-scale structure or combined probes with Dr Blake Sherwin (and potentially the ACT, POLARBEAR, Simons Observatory, and/or CMB-S4 collaborations) may be of particular interest.

The successful candidate will be encouraged to collaborate broadly with Cambridge faculty members and researchers within the Kavli Institute for Cosmology, the Stephen Hawking Centre for Theoretical Cosmology and other relevant groups.

The successful applicant will have completed a PhD in Physics, Cosmology, Astrophysics, Astronomy or a closely related area prior to their appointment (or will receive such a PhD soon after their appointment), and will have demonstrated a capacity to produce world-class research.

Duties include developing and conducting individual and collaborative research objectives, proposals and projects. The role holder will be expected to plan and manage their own research and administration, with guidance if required, and to assist in the preparation of proposals and applications to external bodies. They must be able to communicate material of a technical nature and be able to build internal and external contacts. He or she may be asked to assist in the supervision of student projects, the development of student research skills, provide instruction or plan/deliver seminars relating to the research area. An allowance for research expenses is included in this position.

Appointment will be made at Postdoctoral Research Associate level, or, for an exceptionally well-qualified candidate, at Senior Research Associate level. In the case of an appointment being made at Senior Research Associate level, additional duties would include managing research budgets and programmes and identifying sources of funding.

Informal inquiries can be made by contacting LE28307@maths.cam.ac.uk.

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Please indicate the contact details of two academic referees on the online application form and upload a full curriculum vitae, a list of publications and a statement of research interests (not to exceed three pages). Please ensure that at least one of your referees is contactable at any time during the selection process, and is made aware that they will be contacted by the Mathematics HR Office Administrator to request that they upload a reference for you to our Web Recruitment System; and please encourage them to do so promptly.

Limit of tenure: The funds for this post are available for 3 years in the first instance.

Interviews are likely to be held mid December 2021 or early January 2022.

Please quote reference LE28307 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. We particularly welcome applications from women and /or candidates from a BME background for this vacancy as they are currently under-represented at this level in our Department.

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

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Closing date

Nov 30th 2021

Reference number

LE28307

Salary

£33,309-£53,348