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Finance Manager

Salary: £28,695 - £37,394 per annum

The Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics is looking for an excellent Finance Manager for this exciting role in a large Department with a strong reputation for administrative excellence.

This role is a permanent appointment in which the role holder will be responsible for supervising the financial activities of the department and to fulfil a vital role in the management and administration of research grants and research activity.

The role-holder will be the primary contact for all matters relating to finance and grants management in the Department. You will be responsible for the management of complex annual budgets (in excess of £5m) along with Department held funds and an expanding Research Grant portfolio funded by a variety of sponsors including the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (ESPRC), Natural Environment Research Council (NERC),Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC), Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC), Medical Research Council (MRC), the Wellcome Trust, The Royal Society, the European Union, industrial partnerships, and several other sources. Principal Investigators are provided with information and assistance from the application stage through to final reporting

In addition to managing complex budgets, you will be responsible for maintaining and implementing sound financial procedures as well as preparing and presenting financial reports and management information which guides strategic planning and decision making by the Departmental Secretary and the Head of Department.

You will be educated to A-Level or equivalent, and hold a professional accountancy qualification (such as AAT). You will also have significant recent and relevant experience working in an accounts environment, ideally gained in the higher education or public sector, and preferably with supervisory responsibilities.

Excellent numeracy and IT skills including Excel, and a working knowledge of accounting computer packages, such as Oracle-based finance systems will be essential. Knowledge and experience of research grant application tools would be desirable. You will have excellent interpersonal, presentation and communication skills; have good attention to detail and problem solving skills. Strong analytical skills are essential and you must be self-motivated and able to use your own initiative, prioritise and work to tight deadlines.

To apply online for this vacancy, please click on the 'Apply' button in the advert published on the University Job Opportunities page at: http://www.jobs.cam.ac.uk/job/7819/ . 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.

On the online application form you should explain the reasons for your application and how your knowledge, skills and experience match the requirements of the role. The full contacts for two referees should be included; please note that we will assume that you are happy for us to approach your referees at any stage, unless you indicate otherwise in the space provided on the form.

Informal inquiries can be made by contacting Hannah Fox, Departmental Secretary, 01223 337863, damtpsec@maths.cam.ac.uk

Further Particulars for this position are available via the following link.

Please quote reference LE07223 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

Closing date: 22 November 2015


Research Associate in General Relativity (Fixed Term)

Salary: £28,695 - £37,394 per annum

Limit of tenure applies

The Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics of the University of Cambridge invites applications for a post-doctoral position in general relativity to start in fall 2016 (or earlier). This position is for 1 year at Cambridge, funded by an STFC Consolidated Grant and will continue for 2 further years (extendable to 3 years) at the Instituto Superior Tecnico in Lisbon with funding from an ERC grant.

Emphasis of this position will be on the modelling of compact objects as sources of gravitational waves in general relativity and modified theories of gravity including interactions with fundamental fields. Candidates should have a good track record in one or more of the following areas: gravitational wave source modelling and astrophysics, numerical relativity, computational fluid dynamics, alternative theories of gravity, stellar collapse and black holes.

The research group includes John Barrow, Daniel Baumann, Anthony Challinor, Gary Gibbons, Stephen Hawking, Harvey Reall, Jorge Santos, Paul Shellard and Ulrich Sperhake. There are very close links with the High Energy Physics group in DAMTP, and there are strong connections with the cosmology groups at the Cavendish Laboratory and the Institute of Astronomy. DAMTP also houses the COSMOS supercomputer. Further details can be found on the group’s webpages at

http://www.damtp.cam.ac.uk/user/gr/about/

The Gravity Group at Lisbon (GRIT) is part of The Centro Multidisciplinar de Astrofísica (CENTRA), a research centre in Instituto Superior Técnico. More information on the group can be found at

http://centra.tecnico.ulisboa.pt/network/grit/

Enquiries can be directed to Dr Ulrich Sperhake U.Sperhake@damtp.cam.ac.uk or Dr Vitor Cardoso vitor.cardoso@ist.utl.pt

The gravity group is currently focusing on phenomenology of strong-field gravity, including gravitational-wave and black hole physics, and is composed of faculty Vitor Cardoso, José Lemos, researchers Emanuele Berti and Sante Carloni and several postdoctoral Fellows. The group has strong ties to teams in Aveiro, Cambridge (DAMTP), Perimeter Institute and Rome (Sapienza). The group also features a cluster “Baltasar Sete-Sóis.”

http://centra.tecnico.ulisboa.pt/network/grit/baltasar/

To apply online for this vacancy, please click on the 'Apply' button in the advert published on the University Job Opportunities page at: http://www.jobs.cam.ac.uk/job/8580/ . 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.

Further particulars: The position includes funding of about 3000 EUR annually for travel at both stages (Cambridge and Lisbon). The candidate would furthermore participate in an H2020-MSCA-RISE network involving 8 institutions in Europe, the US, Canada and Japan. This network includes the Perimeter Institute with whom bilateral agreements support further exchange visits. Special funding for exchange visits between Lisbon and Cambridge will be available for the candidate throughout the 3 to 4 year period.

The appointment will be made during the first year at Cambridge at level with salary from £28,695 depending on age and experience and during the following years at Lisbon with a salary of 2100 Euro/month tax free.

The University of Cambridge and IST/CENTRA values diversity and is committed to equality of opportunity. We 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.

Closing Date: 7 December 2015

Quote reference: LE07511


Research Associate in Particle Physics Phenomenology (Fixed Term)

Salary: £28,695-£37,394

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 1 year in the first instance and the post may, subject to the availability of funding, be further renewed for an additional year.

Applications are invited for a Research Associate within all areas of Particle Physics Phenomenology, to be held jointly in the DAMTP High Energy Physics group and in the Cavendish Laboratory Theoretical High Energy Physics group at the Department of Physics. The post holder will have opportunities and be encouraged to interact with the LHC experimenters based at the Cavendish.

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 the research area.

The successful candidate will have a PhD in theoretical physics or a closely related area, as well as research experience with sufficient breadth/depth of specialist knowledge in the relevant discipline.

Informal inquiries can be made by contacting Professor Ben Allanach b.c.allanach@damtp.cam.ac.uk or Dr Ben Gripaios gripaios@hep.phy.cam.ac.uk

To apply online for this vacancy, please click on the 'Apply' button in the advert published on the University Job Opportunities page at: http://www.jobs.cam.ac.uk/job/8486/ . 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 three 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 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.

Please quote reference LE07423 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

Closing date: 13 December 2015


Research Associate in Optimisation for Inverse Imaging Problems (Fixed Term)

Salary: £28,695 p.a. - £37,394 per annum

A position exists for a Post Doctoral Research Associate to work in the area of large-scale optimisation for inverse imaging problems within the Cambridge Image Analysis (CIA) group at the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics (DAMTP), University of Cambridge.

The research activity of the successful candidate will focus on the development and analysis of efficient optimisation techniques for large-scale and high-dimensional problems for inverse imaging tasks. Further information is available at http://www.damtp.cam.ac.uk/research/cia/

Duties would 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 applicant must have (or be about to receive) a PhD in mathematics. The ideal candidate will have experience in numerical analysis and optimisation, and variational methods in image processing. Experience in parallel computing and C programming skills are also desirable.

Informal inquiries can be made by contacting Dr Carola-Bibiane Schönlieb (email cbs31@cam.ac.uk)

To apply online for this vacancy, please click on the 'Apply' button published on the University's Job Opportunities page at http://www.jobs.cam.ac.uk/job/8741/. 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 Mathematics HR Office Administrator. Please note that we will assume that you are happy for us to approach your referees at any stage.

Limit of Tenure: 2 years

Please quote reference LE07650 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

Closing date: 22 December 2015


Research Associate in Magneto-encephalography (Fixed Term)

Salary: £28,695 p.a. - £37,394 per annum

A position exists for a Post-Doctoral Research Associate to work on an EPSRC funded project on Magneto-encephalography. It involves improving further the recently developed software by the group of Prof. Fokas for the solution of the inverse problems of Electro-MagnetoEncephalography, and translating it into commercially viable software capable of being integrated into various systems.


The post holder will be expected to collaborate with the PI, Professor T. Fokas, on this project’s research objectives, as well as developing and managing their own research and administration, with guidance if required. The post holder 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 plan/deliver seminars relating to the research area.


The successful candidate will have a PhD in Mathematics, Physics or in Engineering, and is expected to have expertise in coding, as well as general knowledge in Magneto-encephalography.

Informal inquiries can be made by contacting Professor Thanasis Fokas (tf227@cam.ac.uk).

To apply online for this vacancy, 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/8758/. 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.

Please quote reference LE07667 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

Limit of tenure: up to 12 months or until 31 March 2017 whichever is sooner.

Closing date: 15 January 2016


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.


Lectureship in Soft Matter Theory and/or Statistical Physics

Salary: £38,511 - £48,743 p.a.

Applications are invited for a University Lectureship in Soft Matter Theory and/or Statistical Physics to commence on 1st September 2016 or as soon as possible thereafter. Appointment will be made at an appropriate point on the scale for University Lecturers and will normally be for a probationary period of five years with appointment to the retiring age thereafter, subject to satisfactory performance.

Candidates should hold a PhD or equivalent in mathematics or physics, and have an outstanding record of research in soft matter theory and/or statistical physics. This position forms part of a strategic investment in these areas following the appointment of Prof Mike Cates FRS as the 19th Lucasian Professor of Mathematics. Those with expertise in large scale dynamical simulations of soft matter are encouraged to apply, as are candidates working on aspects of non-equilibrium statistical mechanics relevant to soft and biological materials and/or other condensed matter systems.

The person appointed will be expected to contribute to teaching and other academic activities in the Department. They will be expected to design and deliver undergraduate and masters-level lecture courses and to perform other academic duties such as those associated with examinations and other forms of assessment. They will be expected to define and carry out a programme of research, including including applying for funding, supervising PhD students and postdoctoral staff, attending conferences, networking with national/international colleagues and giving research presentations.

Informal enquiries may be made to Professor Mike Cates (email: LE07404@maths.cam.ac.uk)

In exceptional circumstances, it may be possible to offer a supplement to the salary range stated for this role 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.

Further Particulars: for this position are available via the following link.

Further general information regarding the Department and its existing research groups can be found at: http://www.damtp.cam.ac.uk, and http://www.damtp.cam.ac.uk/research.

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/8461. 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 full curriculum vitae, research and teaching statements, list of publications and the contact details of three academic referees. 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.

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 academic staff.

Quote Reference: LE07404

Closing Date: 31 January 2016

Interviews are expected to be held week commencing 22 Feb or 29 Feb 2016. 


University Lecturer in the Mathematics of Information

Salary: £38,896 - £49,230 p.a.

Applications are invited for a University Lectureship in the Mathematics of Information to commence on 1 September 2016 or by agreement.  Appointment will be made at an appropriate point on the University scale and will be for a probationary period of five years with appointment to the retiring age thereafter, subject to satisfactory performance.

Candidates should hold a PhD or equivalent in mathematics or a closely related subject, and have an outstanding record of research in the mathematics of data science.

This Lectureship is affiliated with the new Cantab Capital Institute for Mathematics of Information which is hosted within the Faculty of Mathematics of the University of Cambridge. It accommodates research activity on fundamental mathematical problems and methodology for understanding, analysing, processing and simulating data. Data science research performed in the Institute is at the highest international level, aiming to extract the relevant information from large- and high-dimensional data with a predictable certainty.

The advance of data science and the solution of big data questions rely heavily on fundamental mathematical techniques and in particular, their intra-disciplinary engagement. This is at the heart of the Institute, involving mathematical expertise ranging from statistics, applied and computational analysis, to topology and discrete geometry – all with the common goal of advancing data science questions. The Institute will focus on fundamental mathematical questions arising from data science, as well as on an interdisciplinary engagement with, for instance, economists and social scientists on questions about financial markets and the internet, with physicists and engineers on software and hardware development questions in the context of security, imaging and structured data processing, as well as biomedical scientists on data science in healthcare and biology.

Key mathematical expertise represented in the Institute includes statistics; pure, applied and computational analysis; inverse problems; stochastic analysis and probability; convex analysis; stochastic and sparse optimisation; sparsity, compressed sensing and sampling theory; random matrices; harmonic analysis; partial differential equations; functional analysis; discrete geometry; number theory; topology and graph theory; quantum information.

The Mathematics of Information Lectureship should strengthen and/or complement existing expertise in the Institute and build bridges between them, making use of the common focus within these areas on solving fundamental questions in data science. Preference will be given to experts in applied and computational analysis. Willingness to engage in an interdisciplinary and cross-cutting research is very desirable.

Duties within the Institute and DAMTP will include: supporting the Director in running the Institute as well as contributing to the Institute's activities, such as offering graduate and advanced lecture courses as well as special short courses on a topic of their own expertise within the realm of Mathematics of Information; co-organising the seminar series and suggesting researchers to be invited within the Institute's distinguished visitor programme; giving presentations and seminars; supervising Institute-affiliated students and PostDocs;  engagements within the Faculty of Mathematics, in particular encouraging intra-disciplinary links between applied and pure mathematics and statistics, as well as interdisciplinary cooperation with other departments in Cambridge as appropriate; public engagement is desirable; facilitating industrial links and helping in outreach activities of the Institute. Applicants will need to be able to actively investigate funding opportunities and submit research grant applications. Other duties include: taking feedback from students and providing them with career or pastoral advice, investigating new areas of research, identifying research topics, determining, adapting and applying appropriate methodologies and writing up progress reports and papers for publication, writing and marking examination papers, dissertation reports and providing references.
In exceptional circumstances, it may be possible to offer a supplement to the salary range stated for this role 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 click on the '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/8736. 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 full curriculum vitae, research and teaching statements, list of publications and the contact details of three academic referees. 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 please encourage them to respond promptly.

Informal enquiries about the positions may be made to Dr Carola-Bibiane Schönlieb.

Further Particulars: for this position are available via the following link.

Information on initial activities of the Cantab Capital Institute for Mathematics of Information can be found here http://www.damtp.cam.ac.uk/user/cbs31/MoI/

Further general information regarding the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics and its existing research groups can be found at: http://www.damtp.cam.ac.uk, and http://www.damtp.cam.ac.uk/research.

Interviews are expected to be held during the week beginning 15 February 2016 or shortly thereafter.

Please quote reference LE07646 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University values diversity and is committed to equality of opportunity.  DAMTP particularly welcomes 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.


Research Associate (Fixed Term)

Salary: £28,982 p.a. - £37,768 per annum

A research associate is sought to work on a project to improve the energy efficiency of air curtains in collaboration with Biddle BV, a company that manufactures air curtains. This objective will be achieved through an experimental and theoretical investigation of the performance of an air curtain in the open doorway of a building when the indoor space is additionally mechanically or naturally ventilated. The research will involve small-scale laboratory experiments in the G.K. Batchelor Laboratory in DAMTP and full-scale tests conducted by Biddle BV. The results of this study will be used by Biddle BV to develop automatic control algorithms for air curtains to optimise their performance under a range of climatic conditions and thus to improve energy savings.

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.  He or she 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.

Applicants should have a strong PhD in Fluid Mechanics, and be self-motivated and able to organise, perform and analyse experiments with minimal instruction. He or she will have previous laboratory experience (or equivalent practical experience) and be capable of working efficiently and productively without direct supervision. Careful observation and accurate computer-based record keeping and presentation are essential.

Further details of the research programme can be obtained by contacting the Prof. Paul Linden at pfl4@cam.ac.uk.


To apply online for this vacancy, 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/8934/. 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.

Please quote reference LE07826 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

Limit of tenure: 12 months.

Closing date: 31 January 2016

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 Assistant/Associate: Underwater bedforms in a 1D annulus (Fixed term)

Salary: £25,023 p.a. - £37,768 per annum

A vacancy exists in the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics (DAMTP) at the University of Cambridge for a Research Assistant or Research Associate (RA), depending on qualifications, for a fixed-term position of up to nine months from April 1st, 2016 until December 31st, 2016.

This grant under the University of Cambridge Early Career Support Scheme investigates the formation and migration of underwater one-dimensional bedforms. The post-holder will participate in performing laboratory experiments in a novel experimental set-up and developing mathematical and numerical models of the initiation and the movement of bedforms. In particular, the RA would:

1.    Perform mathematical modelling of the initiation of bedforms from a flat bed (using a linear stability analysis) and the interaction of existing dunes to a steady-state (using mass, momentum and sediment conservation).

2.    Conduct laboratory experiments in a newly constructed set-up at DAMTP, Cambridge in the state-of-the-art GK Batchelor Laboratory for Fluid Dynamics. The experimental set-up involves a thin annular geometry on top of a turn-table with a counter-rotating top plate, to create an aqueous circular and periodic system. The initiation and coarsening behavior and the long-term evolution will be measured over space and time and the height and wavelength of the bedforms can be tracked with relative ease through the transparent side-walls.

3.    Analyse the data using particle image velocimetry for the fluid phase and particle tracking velocimetry for the particle phase and linking the results back to the developed mathematical models.

4.    As a potential extension to the above, conduct continuum simulations for the bedform development, based on the derived governing equations for the interaction of dunes.

Other duties may 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.  He or she 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.

The successful candidate must have (or be about to receive) a PhD in a quantitative science, such as physics, (mechanical or civil) engineering, applied mathematics, earth science, etc. Applicants with experience with conducting experiments in the laboratory are especially encouraged to apply. The successful candidate needs to start around April 2016, with little flexibility to start slightly earlier or later. The post is funded through the end of December 2016.

Potential candidates are invited to contact the PI, Dr. Nathalie Vriend (nv253@cam.ac.uk), directly for more information.

To apply online for this vacancy, 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/9118/. 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 covering letter. Please ensure that your referees are 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 respond promptly..

Please quote reference LE07992 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

Limit of tenure: The funds for this post are available for up to 9 months or until 31 December 2016 whichever is sooner.

Closing date: applications on a rolling basis but before 2 February 2016

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.


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.

PLEASE NOTE: THE CLOSING DATE FOR APPLICATIONS AND REFERENCES IS NOW: 29th FEBRUARY 2016.


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 2016.

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


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 www.epsrc.ac.uk/skills/fellows/ 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 2016. 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 Friday 14 August 2015 send a CV and publications list, citations summary information plus a one-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 Fellowships - DAMTP Internal Selection Procedure - deadline 14 August'. The sponsor's name should be given in the accompanying email.

The application form is now available via the Je-S system. Guidance for completing proposals is available from http://www.stfc.ac.uk/1826.aspx

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

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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