Current Vacancies at DAMTP

 Vacancies

 



Post-Doctoral Research Associate in the Statistical Theory of Biological Systems Research Associate (Fixed Term) 

Salary: £32,236-£39,609

Closing date: 08 March 2019

Applications are invited for a postdoctoral position to develop theoretical approaches to study the collective cell dynamics of biological tissues. The position, which is supported by grant funding from the Royal Society, will be associated with the research group of Prof. Benjamin D. Simons, and will be based in both the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics and the Wellcome Trust-Cancer Research UK Gurdon Institute.

The successful candidate will be a theorist and will hold a PhD/DPhil in physics, mathematics, or a closely related field, with an interest in studying biological systems.

The position will be particularly suitable for candidates who have experience in the development of methods in non-equilibrium statistical physics, dynamical systems and/or soft matter physics, with an interest in applying such approaches to biological systems. However, previous experience in the study of living systems is not essential.

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.

Further information on the research interests of the group can be obtained by referring to the group websitehttp://www.tcm.phy.cam.ac.uk/~bds10/ 


Informal enquiries about the position may be made to the coordinator for this recruitment at:LE18063@maths.cam.ac.uk 


To apply online for this vacancy and to view further information about the role, please visit:
http://www.jobs.cam.ac.uk/job/20301. 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, list of publications and an outline proposal for future research of not more than 2 pages together with  the contact details of two academic referees. 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.

The start date is 1st September 2019 with the potential for an earlier start date if required.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 2 years with the potential for an extension to a third year of support.

The closing date for this position is 8th March 2019

Please quote reference LE18063 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 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. 


Post-Doctoral Research Associates in Biological Fluid Mechanics (Fixed Term)

Salary: £32,236-£39,609

Reference: LE18051

Closing date: 10 March 2019

Applications are invited for up to two postdoctoral positions in the group of Professor E. Lauga. The positions are focused on the biological physics and fluid mechanics of swimming bacteria and supported by a Consolidator Grant from the European Research Council.

The successful applicants will hold (or be about to complete) a Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics, Physics, Biophysics, Engineering or a closely related field.

The positions will have an emphasis on theory. The ideal candidates will have an extensive training in applied mathematics, a strong taste for interdisciplinary research problems and a strong track record of theoretical research at the intersection of hydrodynamic and biological physics. Candidates with a strong track record of fundamental research using numerical methods applied to fluid mechanics (such as the boundary element method for Stokes flows and related) and will also be considered.

In addition to biological fluid mechanics, Professor Lauga has research interests in the flow of complex fluids and soft matter mechanics. For further details about the group, please see:http://www.damtp.cam.ac.uk/user/lauga/

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 enquiries about the position may be made to the coordinator for this recruitment at:LE18051@maths.cam.ac.uk 
To apply online for this vacancy and to view further information about the role, please visit:
http://www.jobs.cam.ac.uk/job/20286. 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 including a list of publications, research statement (no more than two sides of UK A4 size of current and proposed research), and the contact details of two academic referees. Please ensure that your referees are aware that they might 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.

The start date is before 1st June 2019 or by negotiation.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 2 years. The salary will be on the standard University scale in the range £32,236-£39,609 depending on previous research experience.

The closing date for this position is 10th March 2019.

Please quote reference LE18051 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 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.


HR Office Administrator (part-time) (secondment opportunity)

Salary: £22,659-£26,243 pro rata

Reference: LE18355

Closing date: 11 April 2019

An exciting and challenging opportunity has arisen for an experienced part-time administrator (up 26.5 hours per week spread over five days, Monday to Friday) to join the HR Office for the two Mathematics Departments of the University of Cambridge: the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics (DAMTP), and the Department of Pure Mathematics and Mathematical Statistics (DPMMS).

The successful applicant will join a small, busy team of HR Administrators who provide full support for all HR functions in both Departments. DAMTP and DPMMS are large departments with around 50 and 40 academics (professors, readers and lecturers) respectively and almost 100 and 40 contract research staff respectively. Working closely with the HR Office Manager as well as autonomously, the role holder will deal with a wide range of tasks and take the lead in several, more specific areas of HR administration such as recruitment administration, the end of contracts process and the senior academic promotions exercise.

The successful applicant should be educated to 'A' level standard or equivalent, have experience of maintaining office systems and office procedures, and possess good IT skills. Excellent organisational skills, a keen attention to detail and confidence and tact in dealing with people at all levels are essential, as is the ability to deliver a high level of customer service. The ability to work under pressure in a fast-paced environment is highly desirable. Experience of working in a Higher Education environment and some experience in HR would be an advantage, but full training will be given.

This post is fixed-term for up to 12 months or the return of the post holder, whichever is earlier.

Applications are also welcome from internal candidates wishing to take up the post on a secondment basis for up to one year or the return of the current post holder, whichever is sooner. Applicants wishing to apply for a secondment should indicate this in their application and discuss it with their line manager before applying.

We particularly welcome applications from women and /or candidates from a BME background for this vacancy as they are currently under-represented at this level in our Faculty.

Further information on this post, as well as instructions on how to apply, can be found at: http://www.jobs.cam.ac.uk/job/20642/

Informal enquiries may be directed to Ms Julie Bazin, HR Office Manager (email: LE18355@maths.ac.uk).

Interviews are expected to take place during the week beginning 23 April 2019.

Please quote reference LE18355 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society.

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


Research Associate in Randomised Optimisation for Large-Scale Tomographic Image Reconstruction (Fixed Term)

Salary: GBP 32,236 - GBP 39,609 per annum

Limit of tenure: 3 years

Closing date: 31 May 2019

Start date: 1 September 2019 or by mutual agreement.

Further information on this vacancy and details on how to apply are available at: http://www.jobs.cam.ac.uk/job/21233/ 

This project is a collaborative project between mathematicians in Bath and Cambridge, medical researchers and clinicians from Addenbrookes hospital and GE Healthcare, with support from advisors from UCL, Oxford, Kings College London, University of Helsinki and KTH Stockholm.

We are looking for two excellent and ambitious postdoctoral researchers who want to join this research endeavour.

Please note that this is part of a wider recruitment for postdoctoral research staff with another post advertised at Bath University

The Cambridge-based PostDoc will be an integrated member of the Cambridge Image Analysis (CIA) Group and as such participate in all research and research-related activities such as research projects, seminars and workshops. The CIA at DAMTP constitutes a strong research group in mathematical imaging. We work on various inverse problems in imaging, partial differential equations and optimisation approaches, their theoretical analysis and computational realisation.

Duties of the successful candidate 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 degree in mathematics or a closely related subject. Expertise in one or more of optimisation, inverse imaging problems and variational reconstruction approaches, large-scale computation as well as in biomedical imaging is desired.

If you have any questions about this vacancy or the application process, please contact LE18873@maths.cam.ac.uk

Interviews will take place as soon as possible after the closing date.

Please quote reference LE18873 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.


The University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society. We particularly welcome applications from women and /or candidates from a BME background for this vacancy as they are currently under-represented at this level in our Department.

 

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 young scholars in his research field. i.e. the subfield of applied mathematics concerned with fluid mechanics acoustics, 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 should normally be 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.