Positions Vacant

Research Associates in Theoretical Physics

Salary: £31,604-£38,833

Applications are invited for three postdoctoral positions in Theoretical Physics, funded by the High Energy Physics group's STFC consolidated grant. Candidates should be qualified to undertake research in the following areas:

One position to work on holography and other applications of general relativity and quantum gravity. Members of the group with interest in this area include Dunajski, Perry, Reall, Santos, Skinner and Tong. Start date on or before 1 October 2018. Limit of tenure 2 years from start date.

One position to work on quantum field theory and/or string theory. Members of the group with interest in this area include Dorey, Green, Manton, Osborn, Skinner, Tong and Townsend. Start date on or before 1 October 2018. Limit of tenure 2 years from start date.

One position to work on lattice theory including flavour and hadron physics. Members of the group with interest in this area include Wingate and Thomas. Start date on or before 1 October 2018. Limit of tenure 2 years from start date.

The successful candidates will have completed (or nearly completed) a PhD in Theoretical Physics or a closely related area prior to their appointment, and will have demonstrated a capacity to produce world-class research. Duties would include developing and conducting individual and collaborative research projects. The role holders will be expected to plan and manage their own research and administration, with guidance if required. They must be able to communicate material of a technical nature and be able to build internal and external contacts. They may be asked to assist in the supervision of student projects, the development of student research skills, provide instruction or plan/deliver seminars relating their research area.

Applicants should indicate their areas of interest but there is no need to submit multiple applications if more than one of the above positions are of interest. Applications should be submitted online at:

https://postdoc.maths.cam.ac.uk/

You will need to upload a full CV, list of publications, contact details of three referees and a research statement (one side only) outlining your current research and future research interests.

Informal enquiries may be directed to LE13568@maths.cam.ac.uk

Please quote reference LE13568 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

Closing date for applications: 13th December 2017

The University values diversity and is committed to equality of opportunity. The Department would particularly welcome applications from women as we have an historic imbalance in the number of women holding academic staff positions.

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

 


University Lecturers in Theoretical Physics (two posts)

Salary: £39,992-£50,618 per annum

Applications are invited for two University Lectureships in Theoretical Physics to commence on 1st October 2018 or as soon as possible thereafter. Appointments will be made at an appropriate point on the scale for University Lecturers and will be for a probationary period of five years with appointment to the retiring age thereafter, subject to satisfactory performance.

The successful candidates will have a PhD in Mathematics, Physics or equivalent and have an outstanding record of research in any area of theoretical physics which lies within the scope of our research portfolio, to be interpreted in the broadest sense. For more information about theoretical physics research in DAMTP please see: http://www.damtp.cam.ac.uk/research/hep/ and http://www.damtp.cam.ac.uk/research/gr/.

Applicants will be expected to give undergraduate and Masters-level lectures (including in particular being able to contribute to the very popular theoretical physics courses within Part III Mathematics, see http://www.maths.cam.ac.uk/part-iii-prospective ), taking feedback from students and providing them with career or pastoral advice, and perform other usual departmental duties such as those associated with examinations. They will be expected to investigate new areas of research and funding opportunities, and submit grant applications. They will also be required to write papers for, publication attend conferences, network with national/international colleagues and give presentations.

In exceptional circumstances, it may be possible to offer a supplement to the salary range stated for these roles of up to £10,000. Any such supplement would be awarded on the basis of a demonstrable history of exceptional achievement and is entirely at the discretion of the University.

To apply online for this vacancy, please visit: http://www.jobs.cam.ac.uk/job/15171/. 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.

You will need to upload a letter of application, a full curriculum vitae, a list of publications and one page of A4 detailing research interests and future plans. You should also include the contact details of three academic referees. Please ensure that your referees are contactable at any time during the selection process, and are 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.

Informal enquiries about these posts may be made to LE13482@maths.cam.ac.uk .

Further general information regarding the Department can be found at: http://www.damtp.cam.ac.uk.

Please quote reference LE13482 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

Closing date for applications: 8 January 2018

The University values diversity and is committed to equality of opportunity. The Department would particularly welcome applications from women, since women are, and have historically been, underrepresented on our academic staff.

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


Group postdocs

 

The GR/CTC group regularly advertises Stephen Hawking Advanced Fellowships for outstanding candidates in Cosmology and Gravitation with a tenure of 4-5 years. We also hold a large STFC consolidated grant which funds a number of postdoctoral positions in cosmology and relativity. These posts, if available, will be listed on this page (and elsewhere, usually in the autumn).

 

External funding opportunities

 

There are also a number of postdoctoral research fellowship opportunities that can be held within DAMTP. These include the STFC Ernest Rutherford Fellowship, which is offered every year. The deadline for applications is in September, but interested applicants who wish their Fellowship to be hosted in DAMTP must have discussed their application with a member of the DAMTP academic staff, who will act as their “sponsor” should their application be successful. The deadline for DAMTP to receive applications is usually in August. More information about this award can be found on the DAMTP vacancy page

 

Other postdoctoral funding opportunities include the Royal Society, which offers five-year fellowships, the Dorothy Hodgkin Fellowship and Newton International Fellowships. The European Union offers funding for researchers (with its Marie Curie Fellowship), as does the Royal Astronomical Society and the University of Cambridge with the Herchel Smith Fellowship.

 

PhD opportunities

 

Entry requirements:

 

For those interested in taking a PhD in the GR/CTC group, this would normally be possible when the candidate has taken the University's Part III Mathematics course or an equivalent four-year degree, achieving a Distinction or first-class honours degree (though in practice most candidates come through Part III). Graduates from outside Cambridge frequently take Part III as a qualifying fourth-year course. Exceptional external applicants with masters degrees may be considered in cosmology or if there are other opportunities advertised on this website.

 

DAMTP deadline:

 

The deadline for applications is the end of January each year, unless you require funding from the Cambridge Trusts, in which case earlier deadlines apply. However, later applications will be considered where possible. For more detailed information please go to http://www.damtp.cam.ac.uk/study/phdstudentships.html and http://www.maths.cam.ac.uk/postgrad/phd/

 

Funding:

 

There are other awards available from Cambridge sources outside DAMTP. The Graduate Admissions website contains an up-to-date guide. See also the Student Registry for funding-related information.