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Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics

The Isaac Newton Institute for Mathematical Sciences (INI), in conjunction with the Department of Pure Mathematics and Mathematical Statistics (DPMMS) and the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics (DAMTP) invites applications for at least three Simons Postdoctoral Fellowships in Mathematics.

This Scheme has been established to enable exceptional early career researchers in the mathematical sciences to gain experience, independence and new connections, and hence assist them during the present difficult situation of COVID-19 on their way to a successful academic career.

These prestigious one-year fellowships will see with the successful candidates spending 4-6 months participating in an INI programme (see: with the remainder of the period spent at either DPMMS or DAMTP.

Since this is a dual appointment between the Isaac Newton Institute and one of the two constituent departments (DPMMS and DAMTP) of the University of Cambridge's Faculty of Mathematics, you must include in your application:

  • A letter of support from an Organiser of the forthcoming INI programme that you intend to participate in; and
  • A letter of support from the academic member of staff within DPMMS or DAMTP that you intend to work with for the remainder of the fellowship;
    in addition to
  • A full CV with the names and contact details for two additional referees; and
  • A cover letter (not to exceed three pages) describing your current research and your proposed workplan for the duration of the Fellowship.

Duties include developing and conducting individual and collaborative research projects. The role holder will be expected to plan and manage their own research and administration, with guidance if required. You must be able to communicate material of a technical nature and be able to build internal and external contacts. You may be invited 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.

These 12-month Fellowships will be held within the period Summer 2021 to Autumn 2022. There can be flexibility surrounding the start/end dates in order to accommodate the timing of the academic year and the timing of the relevant INI programme. In your cover letter please indicate, with explanation, your preferred dates.

The successful candidates will have a PhD in Mathematics or a related field upon taking up the Fellowship.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 12 months.

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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 and proposed workplan (not to exceed three pages) in addition to letters of support as described above from an Organiser of the INI programme that you plan to participate in and the academic member of staff within DPMMS or DAMTP that you propose working with.

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 Isaac Newton Institute or 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.

Please quote reference LN26778 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.

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Closing date

Jun 21st 2021

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