Current Vacancies at DAMTP

 Vacancies

 


Research Associate in Wave Scattering and Propagation in Random Media

Salary: £32,236-£39,609

Reference: LE17327

Closing date: 03 December 2018

A position is available for a Research Associate to work with Prof. I. David Abrahams, NM Rothschild & Sons Professor of Mathematical Sciences and Director of the Isaac Newton Institute, undertaking research on wave scattering and propagation in random particulate materials. The project has two main aims: first to develop mathematical models of ensemble-averaged waves in such materials and second to combine mathematical models with machine learning to improve material characterisation, especially from wave reflection experiments.

The project involves both analytical and numerical methods, focusing on the mathematical modelling of waves in ensemble-averaged materials that contain random distributions of particles, inclusions, or defects. Currently, there is a paucity of analytical approaches that are applicable for a broad range of frequencies and/or densely packed particles. These are the conditions which lead to significant multiple scattering and occur in a wide variety of applications in engineering and physics. The second aim is to employ these mathematical models to generate data for wave reflection experiments covering a wide range of material parameters and frequencies; data will then be used to train supervised machine learning algorithms.

The ideal candidate must have a PhD in applied mathematics (or equivalent) with a good grasp of physical and mathematical aspects of continuum modelling. They will have expertise in scalar wave mechanics, vectorial waves and their properties, multiple-scattering wave theory and methods in random homogenisation. They should ideally, have theoretical knowledge of kernel based regression methods and a proven ability in implementing machine learning (using Julia/Python).

Applicants should have a strong research track record. Further duties include developing and carrying out individual and collaborative research objectives, proposals and projects. Candidates will be expected to plan and manage their research and administration, with guidance as required. They must be able to communicate technical material and be able to build internal and external contacts. The post holder may be asked to assist in the supervision of student projects, developing of student research skills, providing instruction to plan/deliver seminars relating to the research.

To apply online for this vacancy and to view further information about the role, please visit: http://www.jobs.cam.ac.uk/job/19468. 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.

You will need to upload a full CV, a list of publications, and a description of your recent and current research (not exceeding three pages). The contact details of two academic referees are required. Ensure that your referees are aware that they will be contacted by the HR Administrator requesting that they upload a reference for you to our Web Recruitment System by the closing date.

Informal enquiries may be directed to Prof. I. David Abrahams (email: LE17327@maths.cam.ac.uk).

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 3 years in the first instance.

Please quote reference LE17327 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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 research staff.

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


Research Associate in Theoretical Physics (Fixed Term)

Salary: £32,236 to £39,609

Closing date: 7 December 2018

We invite applications for a postdoctoral Research Associate in Theoretical Physics, funded by Professor David Tong's Simons Investigator Award. The successful appointee would be expected to start on 1 October 2019 for three years.

Candidates should be qualified to undertake research in strongly interacting quantum theory. Possible avenues for research include topological phases of matter, supersymmetric gauge theories, holography and string theory. Other members of the group with interest in this area include Nick Dorey, Harvey Reall, Jorge Santos and David Skinner.

The successful candidate 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.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 3 years in the first instance.

To apply online for this vacancy, please visit: http://www.jobs.cam.ac.uk/job/19064/ . 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, list of publications, and a research statement (one page only). Please ensure that at least one of your referees is contactable at any time during the selection process, and is made aware that they will be contacted by the Mathematics HR Office Administrator to request that they upload a reference for you to our Web Recruitment System; and please encourage them to do so promptly.

Informal inquiries can be made by contacting LE16966@maths.cam.ac.uk.

Please quote reference LE16966 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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 research staff.

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



Research Associate in Theoretical Physics (Fixed Term)

Salary £31,604 - £38,833 per annum

Closing date: 9th December 2018

Job reference: LE16586

Limit of tenure one year plus another year subject to funding

Applications are invited for a postdoctoral position in Theoretical Physics, funded by the High Energy Physics group's STFC consolidated grant. The research undertaken includes the interpretation of collider data and theory support for LHC phenomenology and future colliders.

The Research Associate will be working on beyond the Standard Model phenomenology. Members of the group with interest in this area include Allanach, Davis, Gripaios, Quevedo, Ubiali, McCullough and Webber. The start date is on or before 1 October 2019. The limit of tenure is one year from the start date plus an additional year subject to funding.

The successful candidate 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, the marking of a Part III examination, the provision of instruction and the planning/delivery of seminars relating to their research area.

To apply for this vacancy, please visit: http://www.jobs.cam.ac.uk/job/18632/. This will route you to the University's Web Recruitment System, wehere 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 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: LE16586@maths.cam.ac.uk

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 staff positions.

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


Research Associate in High Energy Physics (Fixed Term)

Salary: £32,236 - £39,609

Closing Date: 10 December 2018

The Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics invites applications for the position of a Post-doctoral Research Associate in the field of High Energy Physics, with particular focus on Theoretical Cosmology. The position is under the supervision of Dr. Enrico Pajer and the funding is part of the research programme VIDI with Project No. 680-47-535, which is (partly) financed by the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO).

The successful candidate will have or be about to receive a PhD in Theoretical Physics, or a closely related area, and have expertise in theoretical cosmology, general relativity and quantum field theory. Duties will include developing and conducting individual and collaborative research objectives, proposals and projects. The role holder will be expected to plan and manage their own research and administration, with guidance if required, and to assist in the preparation of proposals and applications to external bodies. They must be able to communicate material of a technical nature and be able to build internal and external contacts. 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 to the research area.

Informal inquiries can be made by contacting LE17264@maths.cam.ac.uk.

To apply online for this vacancy, please visit: http://www.jobs.cam.ac.uk/job/19390. 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.

You will need to upload a full curriculum vitae, a list of publications, and a description of your recent and future research projects (not to exceed three pages). The contact details of three academic referees will be required; 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 do so promptly.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 2 years.

The closing date for this position is 10 December 2018.

Please quote reference LE17264 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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 research staff.

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


Herchel Smith Research Fellow (Extreme Universe) (Fixed Term)

Salary: £32,236 - £39,609

Closing Date: 19 December 2018

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for a minumum of 2 years and a maximum of 3 years.

The Managers of the Herchel Smith Postdoctoral Research Fellowships Fund invite applications for up to two Fellowships which would be held in the School of the Physical Sciences (SPS) of the University of Cambridge, either in the Institute of Astronomy (IoA) or the Department of Physics or the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics (DAMTP) all located at the west cambridge site. The fellowships are tenable from 1 October 2019 (or otherwise by negotiation) to research into the Extreme Universe: https://www.physsci.cam.ac.uk/researchinsps#extreme-universe. The fellowships provide an opportunity for independent research, although the holders will usually work in close collaboration with established research groups in one of the Departments in the School.

The Fellow would be expected to produce work of an international standard within their field, develop a high degree of interaction with the faculty, postdoctoral researchers and research students and write scientific articles for publication in peer reviewed journals. Excellent communication and computing skills are required.

We welcome applications from researchers in the broad fields of either astronomy, physics, applied mathematics or theoretical physics. The Fellowships are tenable for between two and three years.

The Fellowship stipend will be on the University's Postdoctoral Research Associate scale with an annual research allowance of up to £15,000.

In accordance with Dr Smith's will, candidature is limited to candidates who have obtained their PhD degree, or equivalent, within the last three years at any university but normally excluding Cambridge and Harvard. Fellowships can only be offered to those with less than three years of postdoctoral experience by the time the award is taken up.

To apply online for this vacancy, please visit: http://www.jobs.cam.ac.uk/job/19264/. 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.

All applications, including required documents and references will need to be submitted online through the University's recruitment system. Any submitted application that does not include ALL of the required content (Full detail provided in the further particulars) will not be considered for the Fellowship. It is important to note that candidates must obtain a support letter from the host department prior to submission. More information about the School of Physical Sciences and its Departments can be found on the School's website: https://www.physsci.cam.ac.uk/departments.

Any queries about the application process or the vacancy can be directed to Ms Joy McSharry (jpm@ast.cam.ac.uk).

Please quote reference LG17150 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.


Research Associate in Computational Mathematics (Fixed Term)

Salary: £32,236-£39,609

Closing date: 15 February 2019

Applications are invited for a postdoctoral Research Associate in computational mathematics, funded by Dr Anders Hansen's Leverhulme Prize in mathematics. The project is titled "Foundations of computations in mathematics of information" and focuses on establishing the boundaries of what digital computers can achieve in mathematics of information. We interpret mathematics of information in a wide sense to also include deep learning and artificial intelligence.

The successful candidate should have, or be about to receive, a PhD in mathematics, applied mathematics, computer science or related areas. The project emphasises foundations, and a strong theoretical background in optimisation and computational mathematics is preferred. Knowledge of computability and complexity theory will be helpful as well as general numerical analysis. Some experience in programming is useful, however, the emphasis will be on theoretical results.

Duties will include developing and conducting individual and collaborative research objectives, proposals and projects. The role holder will be expected to plan and manage their own research and administration, with guidance if required, and to assist in the preparation of proposals and applications to external bodies. They must be able to communicate material of a technical nature and be able to build internal and external contacts. 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 to the research area.

Enquiries can be addressed to Dr Anders Hansen: ach70@cam.ac.uk.

To apply online for this vacancy, please visit: http://www.jobs.cam.ac.uk/job/19494. 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.

You will need to upload a full curriculum vitae, a list of publications, and a description of your recent and future research projects (not to exceed three pages). The contact details of two academic referees will be required; please ensure that your referees are aware that they may 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.

Fixed term: 2 years. The successful candidate is expected to start on 1st of April 2019, or as soon as possible thereafter.

The closing date for applications is 15th February 2019.

Please quote reference LE17348 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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 research staff.

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


David Crighton Fellowships 2019

The David Crighton Fund was set up in memory of the late professor David Crighton FRS, to provide support for yuong scholars in his research field. i.e. the subfield of applied mathematics concerned with fluid mechanics acounstics, waves and vibration.  The Managers of the Fund are accordingly offering up to four David Crighton Fellowships for research students and postdoctoral fellows in these areas.  Applications are welcome from candidates based in Departments of Mathematics, Engineering or Physics in Cambridge and elsewhere.

The David Crighton Fellowship award is to be used to cover actual travel and subsistence expenses, up to a maximum amunt of £3,800, to facilitate two to three months study and research.  Under normal circumstances we would expect fellowships to be taken up within 12 months of the successful candidates being notified of the outcome of the competition.  Candidates based outside of Cambridge will have the opportunity to undertake study and research in Cambridge, whereas award winners currently based in Cambridge can utilise funds to travel elsewhere,  Applicants shuld normall by in the second half of their PhD research, or have no more than three years postdoctoral experience.

To be considered for an award, the following documents should be submitted by email to the Head of Department's Secretary hod-sec@damtp.cam.ac.uk

  • Brief Curriculum Vitae
  • Description of the candidate's research topic, limited to one page
  • Statement of the benefit that can be expected from the proposed period of study
  • Letter from the proposed senior host stating that he or she agrees to accept the candidate to study with them between specified dates, countersigned by the host's Head of Department
  • Detailed statement of expected travel and subsistence expenses
  • Full contact details for two academic referees (name, address, telephone number and email address).  Referees should be asked to send letters of recommendation directly to hod-sec@damtp.cam.ac.uk.  Letters should include details of assessment of the applicant's suitability for a David Crighton Fellowship including the benefits the candidate is likely to gain from the visit. 

Applications and references should be received by the Head of Department's Secretary by 31 January 2019

Closing Date:    31 January 2019


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 N. Peake, email: N.Peake@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. Foulkes, email: accountant@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 2017.

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

Dorothy Hodgkin Fellowships

See royalsociety.org/grants-schemes-awards/grants/dorothy-hodgkin-fellowship/ for more information.

This scheme is for outstanding scientists in the UK at an early stage of their research career who require a flexible working pattern due to personal circumstances such as parenting or caring responsibilities or health issues. Under-represented groups are particularly encouraged to apply. Approximately 5 Dorothy Hodgkin Fellowships are offered each year, with potential to award an additional 5 funded by the EPSRC.

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 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.

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

STFC offers up to 12 Ernest Rutherford Fellowships annually which provide five years of funding to outstanding researchers at an early stage of their career.  The aim is to support future scientific leaders to establish a strong, independent research programme.

Fellowships are open to applicants of any nationality.  Where applicable, you will need to comply with Department of Employment requirements and hold a work permit prior to taking up the Fellowship.  Work permits are a matter for direct negotiation between the institution, the Department of Employment and the Home Office.

See  www.stfc.ac.uk/funding/fellowships/ernest-rutherford-fellowship/ for further details.

Eligibility: Ernest Rutherford Fellowships are intended for early career researchers who do not have a permanent academic position.  You are not eligible if you currently hold a permanent academic position or the equivalent in institutions other than universities.  If you secure a permanent position prior to the offer of a Fellowship you will be ineligible to hold the Fellowship. 

STFC no longer defines eligibility for Ernest Rutherford fellowships in terms of a minimum number of years of experience.  Instead, applicants should read the competency profile in Annex 1 to determine if you have the skills, knowledge and experience to apply for an Ernest Rutherford Fellowship. Applications must fall within the remit of the STFC core Science Programme (astronomy, solar and planetary science, particle physics, particle astrophysics, cosmology, nuclear physics) and afford scope for original work.

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 10 August 2018, 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 (gr-secretary@damtp.cam.ac.uk) under the subject line 'STFC Fellowships - DAMTP Internal Selection Procedure'. 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/files/ernest-rutherford-fellowships-guidance.

Those applicants who have been selected to submit full applications will be notified in the week commencing 20 August 2018.

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.