Current Vacancies at DAMTP

Internal Vacancies

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Internal Vacancies


Research Associate x 3

Salary: £28,695-£37,394 per annum

Applications are invited for a number of one year postdoctoral positions to work with Professor David Tong on his ERC grant covering "Strongly Coupled Systems".  This grant covers research in supersymmetric field theories, AdS/CFT, solitons and related areas.

The successful candidate will be expected to perform the following duties: develop research objectives and proposals for own or joint research; conduct individual and collaborative research projects; write up research work for presentation and publication; continually update knowledge and understanding in field or specialism; translate knowledge of advances in the subject areas into research activity; manage own research and administrative activities, with guidance if required; assist in the preparation of proposals and applications to external bodies, e.g. for funding and contractual purposes; and communicate material of a specialist or highly technical nature.

The Research Associate may also assist in the supervision of student projects; provide limited supervision/instruction to classes; may assist in the development of student research skills; and plan and deliver seminars relating to research area.

In addition to these duties, the Research Associate will be expected to liaise with colleagues and students; build internal and external contacts and participate in networks for the exchange of information and to form relationships for future collaboration; plan the use of research resources, laboratories and workshops as appropriate; plan and manage own research activity in collaboration with others; and contribute to planning of joint research projects led by principal investigator.

The successful candidate will have a PhD in applied mathematics or physics, and a proven track record of research results in the development of supersymmetric gauge theories and conformal field theories.

Potential candidates are invited to contact the PI, Professor David Tong (dt281@cam.ac.uk) directly for more information.

To submit an application for this vacancy, please click on the 'Apply online' button of the advert published on the University of Cambridge's Job Opportunities pages at http://www.jobs.cam.ac.uk/job/6182/. 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.

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 research positions.

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

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available until 30 September 2016.

Please quote reference LE05350 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The closing date is 18 March 2015.


Research Associate (Fixed Term)

Salary: £28,695-£37,394 per annum

A postdoctoral position exists for a Research Associate, for up to 18 months, to work with Professor Harvey Reall on his ERC grant covering Higher Dimensional General Relativity.

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. You must be able to communicate material of a technical nature and be able to build internal and external contacts. You 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 your research area.

The successful candidate will have a Ph.D in mathematics or physics and a strong track record of research in General Relativity.

Informal inquiries can be made by contacting Professor Harvey Reall (email H.S.Reall@damtp.cam.ac.uk)

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available until 31 October 2016 in the first instance.

To apply online for this vacancy, please click on the 'Apply' button on the University of Cambridge Job Opportunities page at http://www.jobs.cam.ac.uk/job/6529/. 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.

Please indicate the contact details of two academic referees on the online application form and upload a full curriculum vitae and a description of your recent research (not to exceed three pages). Please note that we will assume that you are happy for us to approach your referees at any stage.

The deadline for applications is 18th April 2015.

Limit of Tenure: Up to 18 months.

Please quote reference LE05665 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University of Cambridge 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 research staff.

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


Research Associate x 2 (Fixed Term)

Salary: £28,695-£37,394 per annum

Limit of tenure: 2.5 years

Applications are invited for two postdoctoral positions in the group of Prof R E Goldstein to work in the area of biological physics on problems involving the Synchronization of Cilia. Supported by a Senior Investigator Award from the Wellcome Trust, successful applicants will join a rapidly expanding effort in biological physics within DAMTP. There are strong connections as well with related fields such as physics, plant sciences, and zoology. Both theoretical and experimental candidates are sought with experience in relevant areas of applied mathematics, soft condensed matter physics and biological physics. Experimentalists would ideally have expertise in areas such as microscopy, micromanipulation, cell biology and microfluidics. For further details about the group, please consult the group webpage www.damtp.cam.ac.uk/user/gold/

These positions are available for up to 2.5 years. The salary will be on the standard University scale in the range of £28,695 to £37,394, depending on previous research experience.

Please indicate the contact details of two academic referees on the online application form and upload a full curriculum vitae, a summary of prior research accomplishments and a statement of future research interests. Please note that we will assume that you are happy for us to approach your referees at any stage.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 2.5 years.

To apply online for this vacancy, please click on the 'Apply' button on the University of Cambridge Job Opportunities page at www.jobs.cam.ac.uk/job/6724/. 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.

Please quote reference LE05843 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University of Cambridge 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 research staff.

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


Research Associate in Statistical Physics of Soft Condensed Matter x 2 (Fixed Term)

Salary £28,695-£37,394 per annum

Limit of tenure: 2 years

Positions are available for two Post Doctoral Research Associates to work on the statistical physics of soft condensed matter under the guidance of Prof. Michael Cates FRS, following his recent appointment as Lucasian Professor of Mathematics. Areas of interest include the physics of active matter, biophysical fluid flow, and the rheology of complex fluids.

Duties include developing and carrying forward individual and collaborative research objectives, proposals and projects. Each appointee will be expected to plan and manage her or his own research, with guidance and advice; to handle administration linked to the projects; and if necessary to assist in the preparation of proposals and applications to external bodies. You must be able to communicate material of a technical nature and be able to build internal and external contacts. You may be asked to assist in the supervision of student projects, the development of student research skills, and provide instruction or plan/deliver seminars relating to the research area.

The successful candidates will have a PhD in theoretical physics, applied mathematics, or a cognate discipline, and experience in some aspect or aspects of non-equilibrium statistical mechanics relevant to soft condensed matter. Those with primarily numerical or analytical skills, or a combination of both, are equally encouraged to apply. A track record in large-scale computer simulation might be an advantage for one of the two positions. For the other, familiarity with stochastic PDEs and/or large deviation theory might likewise be an advantage.

Those appointed will start on 1 September 2015 or as soon as possible thereafter.

Informal enquiries about the positions may be made to LE05827@maths.cam.ac.uk.

To submit an application for these vacancies, please click on the link in the 'Apply online' button of the advert published on the University of Cambridge's Job Opportunities pages at http://www.jobs.cam.ac.uk/job/6706/. 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.

Please indicate the contact details of two academic referees on the online application form and upload a full curriculum vitae and a description of your recent research (not to exceed three pages). Please ensure that your referees are aware that they will be contacted by the HR Office Administrator to request that they upload a reference for you to our Web Recruitment System and note that we will assume that you are happy for us to approach them at any stage.

Limit of tenure: 24 months. Funds for these posts are in place for two years in the first instance, but one or both posts may, subject to the availability of further funding, be renewed for a period or periods after that.

Closing Date for Applications: 10 May 2015

Please quote reference LE05827 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University of Cambridge 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 research staff.

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


Departmental Administrator

Salary: £38,511-£48,743 per annum

We are seeking an energetic and experienced administrator who will lead the administration and management of the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics (DAMTP), and parts of the newly created shared services organisation which supports both DAMTP and the Department of Pure Mathematics and Mathematical Statistics. The successful candidate will act as Departmental Administrator in DAMTP and as Secretary of the Faculty Board of Mathematics.

The post holder supports the academic Head of the Department, is responsible for all aspects of the administration and management of financial and other resources for DAMTP, and has line management responsibility for all the DAMTP support staff. S/he will also be responsible for management of the Undergraduate Office and the HR Office which are part of the shared services structure for both Mathematics Departments. The post holder also manages the Centre for Mathematical Sciences Facilities support team for the two Departments.

The person appointed will have overall responsibility for administrative support of the teaching and research activities of a world-leading department and will be expected to identify opportunities to develop aspects of the administration further in the future.

The appointment is an established full-time post at Grade 9 and will be subject to the Statutes and Ordinances of the University of Cambridge. The pensionable scale of stipends for grade 9 is currently £38,511 - £48,743 p.a.

Further particulars are available via this link . Informal enquiries may be directed to Professor Peter Haynes, Head of Department, (phh@damtp.cam.ac.uk) or to Mrs Ann Mobbs, Departmental Administrator, (A.Mobbs@damtp.cam.ac.uk).

To apply online for this vacancy, please click on the 'Apply' button on the University of Cambridge Job Opportunities page at /. http://www.jobs.cam.ac.uk/job/6506/. 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 full curriculum vitae and a covering letter and indicate the contact details of three professional referees.

The deadline for applications is 19 April 2015.

We expect to interview shortlisted candidates during the week commencing 4 May 2015.

Please quote reference LE05645 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.


NRICH Roadshow Co-ordinator / MMP Schools Liaison (Fixed Term)

Salary: £28,695-£37,394

We are seeking an exceptional teacher and mathematics communicator, with a passion for inspiring others to share their love of mathematics, to take on the running of our existing NRICH Hands-On Maths Roadshow and further develop and extend it with new activities, working alongside our NRICH project team (http://nrich.maths.org).

The successful applicant will be a graduate in maths, science or a related subject. Substantial teaching experience (a minimum of 3 years) in UK primary or secondary schools is essential. The post-holder must be able to engage and inspire audiences of varying attainment levels and ages from 5 to 19, and adapt content and presentation style for a range of audiences. Excellent organisational skills are essential. The post involves considerable and frequent travel throughout the UK, and occasionally overseas, to work with schools.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available to 31 December 2016 in the first instance, with the possibility of extension if further funding is secured.

Once an offer of employment has been accepted, the successful candidate will be required to undergo a Disclosure and Barring Service check (enhanced with children's barred list).

The closing date for receipt of applications is 6 May 2015. Interviews will be held in Cambridge in the week beginning 18 May.

To submit an application for these vacancies, please click on the link in the 'Apply online' button of the advert published on the University of Cambridge's Job Opportunities pages at http://www.jobs.cam.ac.uk/job/6735/. 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.

Please ensure that you upload your Curriculum Vitae (CV) and a covering letter outlining your suitability for the role in the Upload section of the online application.

Informal enquiries can be addressed to Liz Woodham, NRICH Primary Co-ordinator (email emp1001@cam.ac.uk or phone 01223 761328) or Julia Hawkins, MMP Deputy Director (email jemh4@cam.ac.uk or phone 01223 766692).

Please quote reference LE05851 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.


David Crighton Fellowships

See www.damtp.cam.ac.uk/vacancy/crightonfellowship.html for more information.

Up to four David Crighton Fellowships are available to research students and postdoctoral Fellows in fluid mechanics, acoustics, waves and vibration to undertake a visit for two to three months' study and research either in Cambridge, if they are currently based outside Cambridge, or elsewhere, if they are currently based in Cambridge. The award is to be used to cover actual travel and subsistence expenses; the maximum amount of any one award is currently £3,800.

Closing date for applications and references: 16 January 2015


External Vacancies

Research Council, Royal Society, EU and Other External Research Fellowships

The Research Councils, Royal Society, EU and other organisations have several competitive Fellowship schemes to support talented researchers for periods of two to five years, or sometimes more. DAMTP has hosted many holders of such Fellowships in the past, most of whom have moved on to very successful longer term academic/research careers. Enquiries are welcomed from those considering applying for such Fellowships with DAMTP as host institution. A first step is to make contact with a relevant member of the DAMTP academic staff (see our Research pages for more information) or else to email the Head of Department (Professor P. H. Haynes, email: P.H.Haynes@damtp.cam.ac.uk) giving brief details of research area and intended application.

Initial discussion with a relevant member of DAMTP academic staff should begin as soon as possible and certainly at least one month prior to the closing date (in some cases earlier). Potential applicants should also email the DAMTP Accountant (Mr J. M. Turner, email: j.m.turner@damtp.cam.ac.uk) at an early stage indicating their intention to apply for a Fellowship and liaise with him over financial aspects as preparation of an application proceeds. For any Fellowship Scheme the completed application must be ready for submission at least 10 days prior to the official closing date. Arrangements for specific Schemes may require earlier preliminary discussion and earlier submission of completed applications.

The following Fellowship schemes are advertised annually (closing dates are usually in the August - November period) but you may find relevant information at the links below. Please refer back to this page on a regular basis for updates on funding opportunities.


The Royal Society

University Research Fellowships

See http://royalsociety.org/grants/schemes/university-research/ for more information.

The scheme aims to provide outstanding scientists, who have the potential  to become leaders in their chosen field, with the opportunity to build an independent research career.  Those appointed are expected to be strong candidates for permanent posts in universities at the end of their fellowships.

Eligibility: Applicants must be applying to hold their fellowship in an SFI Eligible Research Body. Applicants must have a PhD by the time they apply, we will not accept applicants who have just submitted their PhD.
Applicants must to be at an early stage of their research career and must have between three to eight years of research experience since their PhD by the closing date of the round.

At the time of application, applicants must either:

· be a citizen of the European Economic Area (EEA), i.e. European Union, Iceland, Norway or Liechtenstein; or a Swiss citizen

· or have a relevant connection to the EEA or Switzerland (a relevant connection can be established if an individual has a PhD from  a university in the EEA or Switzerland, or has worked as a research scientist in a university or research institute in the EEA or Switzerland for at least the past two years, or has done so before taking up an appointment outside the EEA or Switzerland).

Persons holding a permanent post in an EEA or Swiss University or not for profit research organisation will not be considered.

Length of tenure: Initially funding is provided for five years followed by a potential extension of three years. Fellowships will start from 1 October 2015.

Contact: The Royal Society at http://royalsociety.org/grants/contact-us/ for more information.

Closing Date: This year's scheme has now closed; information on next year's round will be advertised here as soon as it becomes available.


Dorothy Hodgkin Fellowships

See http://royalsociety.org/grants/schemes/dorothy-hodgkin/ for more information.

This scheme is for excellent scientists in the UK at an early stage of their career who require a flexible working pattern due to personal circumstances such as parenting or caring responsibilities or health issues. Female candidates are particularly invited to apply. About 5 Dorothy Hodgkin Fellowships are offered each year.

Closing date: 12  January 2015


Royal Society / British Academy: Newton International Fellowship Scheme

See http://royalsociety.org/grants/schemes/newton-international/ for more information. Detailed notes of the scheme can be found at: http://royalsociety.org/uploadedFiles/Royal_Society_Content/grants/schemes/Conditions-of-Award-Newton.pdf.

The Scheme has been established to select the very best early stage post-doctoral researchers from all over the world and enable them to work at UK research institutions for two years. Fellowships include £24,000 per annum to cover subsistence and up to £8,000 to cover research expenses, plus a one-off relocation allowance of up to £2,000. Funding, worth £6,000 per year for ten years after the Fellowship ends, may be available to support follow-on activities to enable Newton Fellows to build long-term links with the UK.

Applicants should have completed a PhD and have held no more than two postdoctoral positions or equivalent experience at a comparable level. Applicants should also be working outside the UK and should not hold UK citizenship at the time of application.

Closing date: This year's scheme has now closed; information on next year's round will be advertised here as soon as it becomes available.



EPSRC

In 2011 EPSRC introduced a new unified Fellowship scheme covering all career stages. Previous schemes such a 'postdoctoral', 'career acceleration' and 'leadership' no longer exist as individual schemes. Applications for Fellowships under the new scheme are accepted throughout the year, but applications are accepted only in certain priority subject areas.

See http://www.epsrc.ac.uk/funding/calls/open/Pages/fellowships.aspx for more details.


NERC

Independent Research Fellowships

The NERC Independent Research Fellowship scheme offers five-year awards to support outstanding early-career environmental scientists enabling them to develop their research, start to build a research group and become internationally recognised.  Applicants must have no more than 8 years postdoctoral research experience prior to the closing date and must have received a PhD before taking up a Fellowship. For more details see: http://www.nerc.ac.uk/funding/available/fellowships/irf/

Application procedure:  Applications should be made using the Joint electronic-submission (Je-S) system to prepare and submit Fellowship proposals (for more details see:  http://www.nerc.ac.uk/funding/available/fellowships/irf/).  Applicants are also requested to send an outline application to hod-sec@damtp.cam.ac.uk under the subject line 'NERC Independent Research Fellowships'.

Contact:  http://www.nerc.ac.uk/funding/available/fellowships/irf/ for more information.

Closing date for applications: This year's scheme has now closed; information on next year's round will be advertised here as soon as it becomes available.


STFC (formerly PPARC)

Ernest Rutherford Fellowships

The Ernest Rutherford Fellowship scheme was introduced to enable early career researchers with clear leadership potential to establish a strong, independent research programme. The scheme will encourage talented researchers in UK universities to remain in the country and at the same time attract outstanding overseas researchers to the UK.

See http://www.stfc.ac.uk/1826.aspx for further details.

Eligibility: Applicants must have 5 years research experience from the start of their PhD programme, with normally a minimum of 2 years postdoctoral experience by 1 September 2015. Applications must fall within the remit of the STFC core Science Programme (astronomy, solar and planetary science, particle physics, particle astrophysics, cosmology, nuclear physics).

Funding: Each Fellowship will last for five years, with 12 being offered annually. Fellows will receive support for their salary and be able to bid for significant additional funds to support their research.

Application procedure: Only 4 applications will be allowed with DAMTP as host Department and DAMTP therefore needs to operate a selection procedure for potential applicants. Intending applicants who wish their Fellowship to be hosted in DAMTP must have discussed with a member of DAMTP academic staff, who will act as their 'sponsor' if their application is successful.

Applicants, after discussion with their sponsor, should by Tuesday 26 August 2014 send a CV and publications list, plus 1-page outline summary of their proposed project, including reasons why Cambridge is an appropriate host institution, to James Parke (jp627@cam.ac.uk) under the subject line 'STFC Fellowship outline application'. The sponsor's name should be given in the accompanying email.

Those applicants who have been selected to submit full applications will be notified in early September.

Closing date for applications: This year's scheme has now closed; information on next year's round will be advertised here as soon as it becomes available.


European Union

The EU offers several types of individual fellowships. Two of the most common are:

Intra-European Fellowships for career development (IEF)

Who can apply?

Researchers based in EU Member States or Associated Countries can apply for an IEF. You must have either a doctoral degree or at least 4 years' full-time research experience, after obtaining a degree permitting you to embark on a doctorate. Generally, you must carry out the project on the premises of a host organisation in an EU or Associated Country other than your own. Special consideration is also given to those returning to a research career after a break.

International Incoming Fellowships (IIF)

Who can apply?

Researchers moving from Third Countries to EU Member States or Associated Countried are eligible for an IIF. To apply, you must have either a doctoral degree or at least 4 years' full-time research experience, after obtaining a degree permitting you to embark on a doctorate. But that is the minimum - the more experience you have, the better will be your chances of being accepted for this action.

Your application for an IIF should be made in liaison with the organisation or institution that would be willing to host you in Europe. Host organisations can be universities, research centres or companies.

DAMTP welcomes enquiries from potential applicants under those two schemes. Normally there is one round of applications a year, around August.

See also http://ec.europa.eu/research/mariecurieactions/ for further details.




Please note that the deadline for submitting completed applications to DAMTP is at least 10 days prior to the official closing date. Initial discussion with a relevant member of DAMTP academic staff should begin as soon as possible and certainly at least one month prior to the closing date.



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