Current Vacancies at DAMTP
Post-doctoral Research Associates in Theoretical Physics (closing date: 12 December 2013)
Post-doctoral Research Associates in Theoretical Cosmology and General Relativity (closing date: 12 December 2013)
- Research Council, Royal Society, EU and other external Research Fellowships
- Other sources of information
Salary: £27,854 p.a. - £36,298 p.a.
Applications are invited for a number of postdoctoral positions from candidates qualified to undertake research in the following areas: theoretical cosmology, general relativity and black holes, numerical general relativity, string theory and AdS/CFT, gauge theories and scattering amplitudes.
Applications should be submitted online at:
Applicants should indicate their areas of interest but there is no need to submit multiple applications if more than one of the above positions are of interest.
Applicants are expected to be in post by October 2014, but earlier start dates are possible. There is also funding available to support a postdoc in quantum field theory for a shorter period between January and September 2014.
Limit of tenure: Funds for this post are available for two years.
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Closing Date: 12 December 2013
Salary: £27,854 p.a. - £36,298 p.a.
Applications are invited for a number of postdoctoral positions from candidates qualified to undertake research in the following areas:
Two positions in Theoretical Cosmology, funded by an ERC grant or an STFC consolidated grant. One position is likely to be filled by a candidate with expertise in early universe and inflationary perturbation theory, while for the second position we hope to attract candidates working on related connections to observational cosmology (particularly the CMB and large-scale structure). Start date on or before 1 October 2014. Limit of tenure 2-3 years from start date.
One position to work on General Relativity, funded by an STFC consolidated grant, which will focus on modelling of astrophysical compact objects as sources of gravitational waves in the framework of GR and alternative theories of gravity. Candidates should have a good track record in one or more of the following areas: gravitational wave source modelling and astrophysics, numerical relativity, computational fluid dynamics, alternative theories of gravity, stellar collapse and black holes. Start date on or before 1 October 2014. Limit of tenure 2-3 years from start date.
Applications should be submitted online at:
Applicants should have a PhD in theoretical physics or equivalent. They should indicate their areas of interest but there is no need to submit multiple applications if more than one of the above positions are of interest.
Limit of tenure: Funds for this post are available for two or three years.
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Closing Date: 12 December 2013
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 £3,600.
Closing date for applications and references: 17 January 2014
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: firstname.lastname@example.org) 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.
See http://royalsociety.org/grants/schemes/university-research/ for more information.
The scheme provides 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.
Initially funding is provided for five years with the opportunity to apply for an extension of three additional years. The University Research Fellowship provides researchers with maximum flexibility and can be held part-time, and allows sabbaticals, secondments or international experience.
Application procedure: Applications for this grant should be made via the Royal Society electronic submission system e-GAP (details at https://e-gap.royalsociety.org/). Applicants are also requested to send an outline application to email@example.com under the subject line 'Royal Society Fellowship outline application' by Friday 6 September 2013.
Contact: The Royal Society at http://royalsociety.org/grants/contact-us/ for more information.
Application Closing Date: The DAMTP deadline for receipt of outline applications is Friday 6 September, 2013. The Royal Society deadline for receipt of full applications is Tuesday 17 September 2013.
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.
See http://www.newtonfellowships.org/ for more information. Detailed notes of the scheme can be found at: http://www.newtonfellowships.org/media/228/nif%202013%20scheme%20notes.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.
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.
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/
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/). Applicants are also requested to send an outline application to firstname.lastname@example.org under the subject line 'NERC Independent Research Fellowships' by Friday 20 September 2013.
Contact: http://www.nerc.ac.uk/funding/available/fellowships/ for more information.
Closing date for applications: The DAMTP deadline for receipt of outline applications is Friday 20 September 2013. The NERC deadline for receipt of full applications is 16:00 Tuesday 1 October 2013.
STFC (formerly PPARC)
In 2011 STFC have introduced a single Fellowship scheme, the Ernest Rutherford Fellowships. These are broadly equivalent to the old 'Advanced Fellowships'. There is no longer a 'Postdoctoral Fellowship' scheme to follow immediately after a PhD.
The Ernest Rutherford Fellowship scheme will enable early career researchers with clear leadership potential to establish a strong, independent research programme. This 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 2014. 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 27 August 2013 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 email@example.com 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 scheme will be advertised as soon as it becomes available.
The EU offers several types of individual fellowships. Two of the most common are:
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.
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.
Other sources of information
Also, you might find vacancies of interest in:
- Department of Pure Mathematics & Mathematical Statistics (DPMMS)
- Statistical Laboratory
- Millennium Mathematics Project (MMP)
- PhD Studentships
- The Cambridge Computational Biology Institute (CCBI)
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