Current Vacancies at DAMTP

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Vacancies

Research Associate in Cosmology (fixed-term)

Salary: £28,982 - £37,768 per annum

The Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics of the University of Cambridge invites applications for a post-doctoral position in cosmology to start in fall 2016 (or earlier). This position is initially for a one-year period at Cambridge, funded by an STFC Consolidated Grant.

The successful candidate should have, or be about to receive, a PhD in cosmology (or equivalent). Emphasis of this position will be on advancing the confrontation between observational CMB and large-scale structure data and the standard inflationary paradigm. The research programme includes developing robust predictions from inflationary models for the distribution of galaxies through quantitative developments in gravitational perturbation theory. The work also includes the detailed statistical analysis of huge galaxy surveys and CMB maps using innovative bispectrum estimation tools developed in the group.

The research group currently includes John Barrow, Tobias Baldauf, Daniel Baumann, Anthony Challinor, Anne Davis, James Fergusson, Gary Gibbons, Stephen Hawking, David Marsh, 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 www.ctc.cam.ac.uk.

Enquiries can be directed to Prof. E.P.S. Shellard (email: LE09705@maths.cam.ac.uk).

To apply online for this vacancy, please go to http://www.jobs.cam.ac.uk/job/10990/. 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 with list of publications and a description of your recent research (not to exceed two pages). 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.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 1 years in the first instance.

Closing date for applications: 8 August 2016

Please quote reference LE09705 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.


University Lectureship (0.5 FTE) in Quantum Information Theory

Salary: £38,511 - £48,743 p.a. pro rata

Applications are invited for a University Lectureship in Quantum Information Theory to commence on 1 October 2016 or as soon as possible thereafter.  Appointment will be made at an appropriate point on the scale for University Lecturers and will be at a 50% FTE 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 the mathematical techniques of quantum information theory, especially quantum entropy and its application to channel capacities and quantum statistical inference. For more information about quantum information and other research groups in the Department see: http://www.damtp.cam.ac.uk/research.

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 investigating funding opportunities, attending conferences, networking with national/international colleagues and giving research presentations.

Informal enquiries may be made to Professor Nigel Peake (Head of Department, email: LE09523@maths.cam.ac.uk).

To apply online for this vacancy, please go to http://www.jobs.cam.ac.uk/job/10790/. 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.

With your application, please upload a full curriculum vitae, list of publications, and a one page statement of research interests and future plans.  Please also indicate the contact details of three academic referees and ensure that they 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.

Further particulars for this post are available via this link.

Closing date for applications: 17 August 2016.

Please quote reference LE08394 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.


Computing and IT Manager

Applications are invited for a Computing and IT Manager to head the IT Team at the Centre for Mathematical Sciences (CMS).

CMS is made up of the Departments of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics (DAMTP) and Pure Mathematics and Mathematical Statistics (DPMMS) and the Isaac Newton Institute (INI), which together form one of the world's largest and most successful centres of mathematical research and teaching. The successful candidate will lead a team of 8 IT professionals to provide high quality IT services to nearly 300 members of staff and over 300 postgraduate students.

The culture of CMS and the IT Team is collaborative, friendly and high performing. Initiative is appreciated together with a "can do" attitude. We are looking for a Computing and IT Manager who is professional and friendly, persistent and flexible, decisive and consultative, and supportive of the IT staff in providing high quality services and managing large projects to completion.

The successful applicant will have outstanding technical and inter-personal skills. They will have a strong understanding of IT and computing technology and will have the ability to communicate and engage with staff at all levels. Team leadership, strategic and financial planning and procurement are also key requirements of the role.

This is a permanent position at grade 10, subject to a nine month probation period, on a basic salary scale of £52,219 p.a. to £55,389 p.a. and discretionary points extending to £60,512 p.a., with initial salary depending on experience.

Other University benefits include a pension with employer's contribution and a generous leave allowance. You will be working in modern offices off Madingley Road in Cambridge, 20 minutes walk from the town centre. Staff parking is available on site.

Once an offer of employment has been accepted, the successful candidate will be required to undergo a security check. The University offers many benefits to its staff including a pension scheme (USS), a variety of facilities and services, and opportunities for training and career development.

To apply online for this vacancy and to view further information about the role, please visit: http://www.jobs.cam.ac.uk/job/10855. 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 CV, cover letter, and the contact details of three professional referees. You should also highlight in your cover letter how your skills and experience meet the criteria for this post, using examples of your achievements.

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.

Further information can be obtained from http://www.damtp.cam.ac.uk/vacancy/ or from: the HR Office Administrator, DAMTP, Centre for Mathematical Sciences, Wilberforce Road, Cambridge CB3 0WB (email: LE09579@maths.cam.ac.uk).

Further Particulars for this post are available by this link

Closing date for applications: 19th August 2016

Please quote reference LE09579 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.


Postdoctoral Research Associate in Inverse Imaging

Salary: £28,982 - £37,768 p.a.

We invite applications for the position of a Postdoctoral Research Associate to work in the area of 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 non-smooth and possibly non-convex variational regularisation approaches for inverse imaging problems and their robust optimisation. For more information please refer to 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.

Applicants must have (or be about to receive) a PhD degree in mathematics. The ideal candidate will be experienced in numerical analysis and optimisation, inverse problems and variational methods in image processing. Experience in parallel computing and C programming skills are desirable.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 2 years in the first instance and the successful candidate is expected to start no later than 1 January 2017.

To apply online for this vacancy, please go to http://www.jobs.cam.ac.uk/job/11083/. 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, list of publications, an outline proposal for future research (not to exceed three pages), and a covering letter describing your suitability for the role. The contact details of two 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.

Informal inquiries can be made by contacting: the Mathematics HR Office, email: LE09791@maths.cam.ac.uk.

Please quote reference LE09791 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

Closing date for applications: 11 September 2016.

Interviews are expected to take place in the week commencing 19 September 2016.

The University values diversity and is committed to equality of opportunity. The Department would particularly welcome applications from women as we have an historic imbalance in the number of women holding research positions.

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


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. Foulkes, email: jf392@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: 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

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. 

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.  

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 2017. 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 Wednesday 10 August 2016, 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 30 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/files/ernest-rutherford-fellowships-guidance.

Those applicants who have been selected to submit full applications will be notified early in week commencing 15 August 2016.

NOTE - CLOSING DATE FOR APPLICATIONS HAS BEEN AMMENDED TO:  WEDNESDAY 10 AUGUST, 2016.


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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