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Research Facilitator (Fixed Term)

Salary: £35,550-£47,722

Applications are invited for the position of Research Facilitator. The scope of the role is to work with the academics across the Faculty of Mathematics, mainly those in the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics (DAMTP) but also those in Pure Mathematics and Mathematical Statistics.

The remit of Research Facilitation is to support and develop the research strategy in DAMTP by increasing the number and quality of research grant applications and reducing the administrative burden associated with the initiation and continuation of funded research projects, as well as contributing to departmental responses to external initiatives and assessment activities.

The successful candidate will have a postgraduate degree in mathematics or related scientific subject. Experience of undertaking research in an academic or industrial setting, combined with a track record of planning and delivering scientific workshops, seminars and networking activities and experience of project management as well as experience of drafting and negotiating agreements and costing would also be desirable. For the right candidate, the opportunity may be made available to allow them to pursue their own personal research, as part of the Faculty's overall research programme.

The role holder will be expected to build and sustain relationships with all the research groups and academics represented in the Departments in order to understand their strategic priorities whilst concurrently looking for funding opportunities that would meet these needs. The role holder will provide a service to all academic staff, providing high quality support to individuals developing research applications of a superior standard, meeting all the requirements of the funding authority, getting the relevant information and permissions from those in the Department and ensuring that a fully costed proposal is put forward. The role holder will be expected to liaise with both Heads of Department and both the School and Unified Administrative Service (UAS), to ensure that the Research portfolio reflects the strategic priorities set out by the Department and support the aim of maintaining and growing grant income.

You will be expected to be pro-active and able both to prioritise and work to deadlines. You must also be able to work well independently and in a team and have a positive, proactive approach to effectively plan and coordinate events, workshops and seminars. You will have strong inter-personal and communications skills, in order to build internal and external working relationships and networks.

Informal inquiries can be made by contacting LE13035@maths.cam.ac.uk.

To apply online for this vacancy and to see more information, please visit: http://www.jobs.cam.ac.uk/job/14676. 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 and a letter of application outlining your suitability for the position and any research interests you may have. You should also include the contact details of three referees. Please ensure that at least two of your referees are contactable at any time during the selection process, and are 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 3 years in the first instance.

Please quote reference LE13035 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

Closing date for applications: 5 November 2017

The University 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 staff.

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


Research Associates in Theoretical Physics

Salary: £31,604-£38,833

Applications are invited for three postdoctoral positions in Theoretical Physics, funded by the High Energy Physics group's STFC consolidated grant. Candidates should be qualified to undertake research in the following areas:

One position to work on holography and other applications of general relativity and quantum gravity. Members of the group with interest in this area include Dunajski, Perry, Reall, Santos, Skinner and Tong. Start date on or before 1 October 2018. Limit of tenure 2 years from start date.

One position to work on quantum field theory and/or string theory. Members of the group with interest in this area include Dorey, Green, Manton, Osborn, Skinner, Tong and Townsend. Start date on or before 1 October 2018. Limit of tenure 2 years from start date.

One position to work on lattice theory including flavour and hadron physics. Members of the group with interest in this area include Wingate and Thomas. Start date on or before 1 October 2018. Limit of tenure 2 years from start date.

The successful candidates will have completed (or nearly completed) a PhD in Theoretical Physics or a closely related area prior to their appointment, and will have demonstrated a capacity to produce world-class research. Duties would include developing and conducting individual and collaborative research projects. The role holders will be expected to plan and manage their own research and administration, with guidance if required. 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 their research area.

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. Applications should be submitted online at:

https://postdoc.maths.cam.ac.uk/

You will need to upload a full CV, list of publications, contact details of three referees and a research statement (one side only) outlining your current research and future research interests.

Informal enquiries may be directed to LE13568@maths.cam.ac.uk

Please quote reference LE13568 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

Closing date for applications: 13th December 2017

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 academic staff positions.

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


University Lecturers in Theoretical Physics (two posts)

Salary: £39,992-£50,618 per annum

Applications are invited for two University Lectureships in Theoretical Physics to commence on 1st October 2018 or as soon as possible thereafter. Appointments will be made at an appropriate point on the scale for University Lecturers and will be for a probationary period of five years with appointment to the retiring age thereafter, subject to satisfactory performance.

The successful candidates will have a PhD in Mathematics, Physics or equivalent and have an outstanding record of research in any area of theoretical physics which lies within the scope of our research portfolio, to be interpreted in the broadest sense. For more information about theoretical physics research in DAMTP please see: http://www.damtp.cam.ac.uk/research/hep/ and http://www.damtp.cam.ac.uk/research/gr/.

Applicants will be expected to give undergraduate and Masters-level lectures (including in particular being able to contribute to the very popular theoretical physics courses within Part III Mathematics, see http://www.maths.cam.ac.uk/part-iii-prospective ), taking feedback from students and providing them with career or pastoral advice, and perform other usual departmental duties such as those associated with examinations. They will be expected to investigate new areas of research and funding opportunities, and submit grant applications. They will also be required to write papers for, publication attend conferences, network with national/international colleagues and give presentations.

In exceptional circumstances, it may be possible to offer a supplement to the salary range stated for these roles of up to £10,000. Any such supplement would be awarded on the basis of a demonstrable history of exceptional achievement and is entirely at the discretion of the University.

To apply online for this vacancy, please visit: http://www.jobs.cam.ac.uk/job/15171/. 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 letter of application, a full curriculum vitae, a list of publications and one page of A4 detailing research interests and future plans. You should also include the contact details of three academic referees. Please ensure that your referees are contactable at any time during the selection process, and are 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.

Informal enquiries about these posts may be made to LE13482@maths.cam.ac.uk .

Further general information regarding the Department can be found at: http://www.damtp.cam.ac.uk.

Please quote reference LE13482 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

Closing date for applications: 8 January 2018

The University 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 academic staff.

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


David Crighton Fellowships

Up to four David Crighton Fellowships are available to research students and postdoctoral Fellows in fluid mechanics, acoustics, waves and vibration.  Awards are to be used to cover actual travel and subsistence expenses, up to a maximum amount of £3,800  to facilitate two to three months' study and research beginning in the calendar year 2017.  Successful candidates based outside of Cambridge will have the opportunity to undertake study and research in Cambridge, wherease 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. 

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.


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. 

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 2018. 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 18 August 2017, 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 21 August 2017.


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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