Current Vacancies at DAMTP

Internal Vacancies

External Vacancies

Internal Vacancies

CTC-Astrophysics Computer Associate-Programmer (Fixed Term)

Salary: £28,695-£37,394 p.a.

The recently established COSMOS Intel Parallel Computing Centre (IPCC) at the Centre for Theoretical Cosmology together with two research groups at DAMTP, Relativity & Gravitation Group and Astrophysics Group, have a vacancy for a Parallel Programmer/Computer Officer. The appointee will undertake important programming work and provide parallel programming advice under the auspices of the Intel Parallel Computing Centre to help meet science milestones as set out in the STFC consolidated grant; the appointee will further, in collaboration with the DAMTP IT team, ensure that the groups' computing infrastructure, including the "fornax" cluster, is maintained to a high standard. The role holder will also be expected to develop user training documentation and support the COSMOS Systems Manager.

The work will involve assisting group members in the effective exploitation of the STFC DiRAC HPC Facility, which includes two systems in Cambridge, the COSMOS supercomputer ( hosted at DAMTP and the University of Cambridge HPC Service cluster, Darwin (

You should be fluent in C and/or Fortran, have a working knowledge of MPI/OpenMP and advanced UNIX/Linux knowledge. Experience in UNIX/Linux and Mac OSX operating systems, PC hardware, HPC systems, and software design and development will be preferred. Experience with Intel Xeon Phi accelerators is a particular advantage.

Informal enquiries can be made by contacting Professor Paul Shellard ( and further information about the post can be found at

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 2 years in the first instance.

To apply online for this vacancy and to view further information about the role, please visit: This will take you to the role on the University’s Job Opportunities pages. There you will need to click on the 'Apply online' button and register an account with the University's Web Recruitment System (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.

The closing date is Friday 21st November 2014

Interviews: On or around Monday, 1st December 2014

Please quote reference LE04476 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

David Crighton Fellowships

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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 £3,600.

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

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: 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: 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

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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.

Application procedure: Applications for this grant should be made via the Royal Society electronic submission system e-GAP (details at  The Royal Society closing date is 11 September 2014, but, interested applicants should contact the Head of Department and John Turner as soon as possible, ideally no later than Friday 29th August, 2014.

Contact: The Royal Society at for more information.

Closing Date: Wednesday 11 September 2014

Dorothy Hodgkin Fellowships

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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 for more information. Detailed notes of the scheme can be found at:

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.

Round opens on:

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.


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.

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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:

Application procedure:  Applications should be made using the Joint electronic-submission (Je-S) system to prepare and submit Fellowship proposals (for more details see:  Applicants are also requested to send an outline application to under the subject line 'NERC Independent Research Fellowships'.

Contact: for more information.

Closing date for applications: Wednesday 1st October, 2014

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.

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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 ( 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 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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