Current Vacancies at DAMTP

Internal Vacancies

External Vacancies


Internal Vacancies


Research Associate x 3

Salary: £28,695-£37,394 per annum

Applications are invited for a number of one year postdoctoral positions to work with Professor David Tong on his ERC grant covering "Strongly Coupled Systems".  This grant covers research in supersymmetric field theories, AdS/CFT, solitons and related areas.

The successful candidate will be expected to perform the following duties: develop research objectives and proposals for own or joint research; conduct individual and collaborative research projects; write up research work for presentation and publication; continually update knowledge and understanding in field or specialism; translate knowledge of advances in the subject areas into research activity; manage own research and administrative activities, with guidance if required; assist in the preparation of proposals and applications to external bodies, e.g. for funding and contractual purposes; and communicate material of a specialist or highly technical nature.

The Research Associate may also assist in the supervision of student projects; provide limited supervision/instruction to classes; may assist in the development of student research skills; and plan and deliver seminars relating to research area.

In addition to these duties, the Research Associate will be expected to liaise with colleagues and students; build internal and external contacts and participate in networks for the exchange of information and to form relationships for future collaboration; plan the use of research resources, laboratories and workshops as appropriate; plan and manage own research activity in collaboration with others; and contribute to planning of joint research projects led by principal investigator.

The successful candidate will have a PhD in applied mathematics or physics, and a proven track record of research results in the development of supersymmetric gauge theories and conformal field theories.

Potential candidates are invited to contact the PI, Professor David Tong (dt281@cam.ac.uk) directly for more information.

To submit an application for this vacancy, please click on the 'Apply online' button of the advert published on the University of Cambridge's Job Opportunities pages at http://www.jobs.cam.ac.uk/job/6182/. 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.

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.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available until 30 September 2016.

Please quote reference LE05350 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The closing date is 18 March 2015.


Research Associate in Mathematical Underpinnings of Stratified Turbulence

Limit of Tenure applies *

Salary: £28,695-£37,394 per annum

We are seeking a computational/theoretical researcher to join the ongoing research project on the ‘Mathematical Underpinnings of Stratified Turbulence’ funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC). This project, a high-profile £2.3M Programme Grant joint between the School of Mathematics at Bristol (led by Prof. Rich Kerswell) and the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics (DAMTP) at Cambridge (led by Prof. Paul Linden with Drs. Colm-cille Caulfield, Stuart Dalziel and John Taylor), aims to integrate quantitatively experiments, computation and theory to provide a new mathematical description of stratified turbulence. At any one time there are typically three PDRAs, two based at DAMTP in Cambridge, and the third based at Bristol. The integrated programme requires each team member to spend brief periods at the partner institution.

The current position is for a computational/theoretical PDRA based at Cambridge. The holder of this position will conduct direct numerical simulations of stratified turbulence and analyse their results for comparison with and interpretation of the experiments. It is expected that there will also be a component of data assimilation and model building.  Since the key underpinning methodology will be cutting-edge direct numerical simulation, experience in computational fluid dynamics and high performance computing is highly desirable. Familiarity with stratified turbulence and/or dynamical systems is also very desirable but not essential. Informal inquiries can be directed to Dr. John Taylor (jrt51@cam.ac.uk). 

Duties include: developing and conducting individual and collaborative research objectives, proposals and projects.  The role holder will be expected to plan and manage their own research and administration, with guidance if required, and to assist in the preparation of proposals and applications to external bodies.  You must be able to communicate material of a technical nature and be able to build internal and external contacts.  You may be asked to assist in the supervision of student projects, the development of student research skills, provide instruction or plan/deliver seminars relating to the research area.

The successful candidate should have or be about to receive a PhD in mathematics, engineering or a closely related area.  The starting salary will be between £28,695 - £37,394 per annum dependent on qualifications and experience.

Further details can be found at  http://www.damtp.cam.ac.uk/vacancy/ and http://www.damtp.cam.ac.uk/user/pfl4/Research_Projects_1.html.

To submit an application for this vacancy, please click on the link in the 'Apply online' button of the advert published on the University of Cambridge's Job Opportunities pages at http://www.jobs.cam.ac.uk/job/6335/. This will route you to the University's Web Recruitment System, where you will need to register an account (if you have not already) and log in before completing the online application form.

Please indicate the contact details of two academic referees on the online application form and upload a full curriculum vitae and a description of your recent research (not to exceed three pages).  Please ensure that your referees are aware that they may be contacted by the HR Office Administrator to request that they upload a reference for you to our Web Recruitment System.

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.

* Limit of Tenure: 2 years

Closing date: 31 March 2015

Please quote reference LE05492 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.


Postdoctoral Research Associate in Lattice QCD (Limit of tenure 1 year)

Salary: £28,695-£37,394 per annum

Limit of tenure: 1 year


Applications are invited for a one-year postdoctoral position in Lattice QCD, funded by the Isaac Newton Trust / University of Cambridge Early Career Support Scheme. The preferred start date is around October 2015 but this is open to negotiation.

The position is for work on a project that is using Lattice QCD to compute the spectra and properties of excited hadrons, including investigations of resonances and related phenomena.

The post will be held in the DAMTP High Energy Physics group which has a range of research interests including Quantum Field Theory, Particle Physics Phenomenology, String Theory, Lattice Field Theory, Cosmology and Solitons. The group has access to computer facilities in DAMTP and at the University's High Performance Computing Service, including large CPU and GPU clusters, and is able to apply for time at STFC's DiRAC, the UK supercomputing facility for particle physics, astronomy and cosmology.

The successful candidate will normally have a PhD prior to their appointment, and have demonstrated a capacity to produce world-class research. 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 will have research experience with sufficient breadth/depth of specialist knowledge in the relevant discipline as outlined above. Knowledge/experience of particular research methodologies/techniques required to work within established research programmes is essential for this post. 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 your research area.

The deadline for applications is 6th April 2015.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for one year.

Informal enquiries may be made to Dr Christopher Thomas (c.e.thomas@damtp.cam.ac.uk).

To submit an application for this vacancy, please click on the link in the 'Apply online' button of the advert published on the University of Cambridge's Job Opportunities pages at http://www.jobs.cam.ac.uk/job/6390/. 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 and an outline proposal for future research of not more than 3 pages together with the contact details of two academic referees. 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.

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.

Please quote reference LE05539 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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


Research Associate (Fixed Term)

Salary: £28,695-£37,394 per annum

A postdoctoral position exists for a Research Associate, for up to 18 months, to work with Professor Harvey Reall on his ERC grant covering Higher Dimensional General Relativity.

Duties include: developing and conducting individual and collaborative research objectives, proposals and projects. The role holder will be expected to plan and manage their own research and administration, with guidance if required, and to assist in the preparation of proposals and applications to external bodies. You must be able to communicate material of a technical nature and be able to build internal and external contacts. You may be asked to assist in the supervision of student projects, the development of student research skills, provide instruction or plan/deliver seminars relating to your research area.

The successful candidate will have a Ph.D in mathematics or physics and a strong track record of research in General Relativity.

Informal inquiries can be made by contacting Professor Harvey Reall (email H.S.Reall@damtp.cam.ac.uk)

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available until 31 October 2016 in the first instance.

To apply online for this vacancy, please click on the 'Apply' button on the University of Cambridge Job Opportunities page at http://www.jobs.cam.ac.uk/job/6529/. This will route you to the University's Web Recruitment System, where you will need to register an account (if you have not already) and log in before completing the online application form.

Please indicate the contact details of two academic referees on the online application form and upload a full curriculum vitae and a description of your recent research (not to exceed three pages). Please note that we will assume that you are happy for us to approach your referees at any stage.

The deadline for applications is 18th April 2015.

Limit of Tenure: Up to 18 months.

Please quote reference LE05665 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University of Cambridge values diversity and is committed to equality of opportunity. The Department would particularly welcome applications from women, since women are, and have historically been, underrepresented on our research staff.

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


David Crighton Fellowships

See www.damtp.cam.ac.uk/vacancy/crightonfellowship.html for more information.

Up to four David Crighton Fellowships are available to research students and postdoctoral Fellows in fluid mechanics, acoustics, waves and vibration to undertake a visit for two to three months' study and research either in Cambridge, if they are currently based outside Cambridge, or elsewhere, if they are currently based in Cambridge. The award is to be used to cover actual travel and subsistence expenses; the maximum amount of any one award is currently £3,800.

Closing date for applications and references: 16 January 2015


External Vacancies

Research Council, Royal Society, EU and Other External Research Fellowships

The Research Councils, Royal Society, EU and other organisations have several competitive Fellowship schemes to support talented researchers for periods of two to five years, or sometimes more. DAMTP has hosted many holders of such Fellowships in the past, most of whom have moved on to very successful longer term academic/research careers. Enquiries are welcomed from those considering applying for such Fellowships with DAMTP as host institution. A first step is to make contact with a relevant member of the DAMTP academic staff (see our Research pages for more information) or else to email the Head of Department (Professor P. H. Haynes, email: P.H.Haynes@damtp.cam.ac.uk) giving brief details of research area and intended application.

Initial discussion with a relevant member of DAMTP academic staff should begin as soon as possible and certainly at least one month prior to the closing date (in some cases earlier). Potential applicants should also email the DAMTP Accountant (Mr J. M. Turner, email: j.m.turner@damtp.cam.ac.uk) at an early stage indicating their intention to apply for a Fellowship and liaise with him over financial aspects as preparation of an application proceeds. For any Fellowship Scheme the completed application must be ready for submission at least 10 days prior to the official closing date. Arrangements for specific Schemes may require earlier preliminary discussion and earlier submission of completed applications.

The following Fellowship schemes are advertised annually (closing dates are usually in the August - November period) but you may find relevant information at the links below. Please refer back to this page on a regular basis for updates on funding opportunities.


The Royal Society

University Research Fellowships

See http://royalsociety.org/grants/schemes/university-research/ for more information.

The scheme aims to provide outstanding scientists, who have the potential  to become leaders in their chosen field, with the opportunity to build an independent research career.  Those appointed are expected to be strong candidates for permanent posts in universities at the end of their fellowships.

Eligibility: Applicants must be applying to hold their fellowship in an SFI Eligible Research Body. Applicants must have a PhD by the time they apply, we will not accept applicants who have just submitted their PhD.
Applicants must to be at an early stage of their research career and must have between three to eight years of research experience since their PhD by the closing date of the round.

At the time of application, applicants must either:

· be a citizen of the European Economic Area (EEA), i.e. European Union, Iceland, Norway or Liechtenstein; or a Swiss citizen

· or have a relevant connection to the EEA or Switzerland (a relevant connection can be established if an individual has a PhD from  a university in the EEA or Switzerland, or has worked as a research scientist in a university or research institute in the EEA or Switzerland for at least the past two years, or has done so before taking up an appointment outside the EEA or Switzerland).

Persons holding a permanent post in an EEA or Swiss University or not for profit research organisation will not be considered.

Length of tenure: Initially funding is provided for five years followed by a potential extension of three years. Fellowships will start from 1 October 2015.

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: 12  January 2015


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 http://www.epsrc.ac.uk/funding/calls/open/Pages/fellowships.aspx for more details.


NERC

Independent Research Fellowships

The NERC Independent Research Fellowship scheme offers five-year awards to support outstanding early-career environmental scientists enabling them to develop their research, start to build a research group and become internationally recognised.  Applicants must have no more than 8 years postdoctoral research experience prior to the closing date and must have received a PhD before taking up a Fellowship. For more details see: http://www.nerc.ac.uk/funding/available/fellowships/irf/

Application procedure:  Applications should be made using the Joint electronic-submission (Je-S) system to prepare and submit Fellowship proposals (for more details see:  http://www.nerc.ac.uk/funding/available/fellowships/irf/).  Applicants are also requested to send an outline application to hod-sec@damtp.cam.ac.uk under the subject line 'NERC Independent Research Fellowships'.

Contact:  http://www.nerc.ac.uk/funding/available/fellowships/irf/ for more information.

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


STFC (formerly PPARC)

Ernest Rutherford Fellowships

The Ernest Rutherford Fellowship scheme was introduced to enable early career researchers with clear leadership potential to establish a strong, independent research programme. The scheme will encourage talented researchers in UK universities to remain in the country and at the same time attract outstanding overseas researchers to the UK.

See http://www.stfc.ac.uk/1826.aspx for further details.

Eligibility: Applicants must have 5 years research experience from the start of their PhD programme, with normally a minimum of 2 years postdoctoral experience by 1 September 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 (jp627@cam.ac.uk) 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 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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