Job/PhD Opportunities in the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics

CTC features Professors, Lecturers, Post-Doctoral and Doctoral Researchers as well as a variety of academic-related and supporting roles.

Those with CTC affiliations include Professors, Lecturers, Post-Doctoral and Doctoral Researchers, as well as a variety of academic-related and supporting roles, e.g. parallel programmers and technical staff for the COSMOS supercomputer.

Here you will find any information about current job vacancies at the Centre for Theoretical Cosmology. We may also, from time to time, post details of relevant positions within other groups or centres at DAMTP.

Research Associate in Cosmology (Fixed Term)

Closing date: 8 August 2016

Salary: £28,982 - £37,768

Applications are invited 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.

Enquiries can be directed to Prof. E.P.S. Shellard (email:

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

To apply online for this vacancy and to view further information about the role, please visit:

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.

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.

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

The University values diversity and is committed to equality of opportunity. We 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.

Group postdocs

The GR/CTC group regularly advertises Stephen Hawking Advanced Fellowships for outstanding candidates in Cosmology and Gravitation with a tenure of 4-5 years. We also hold a large STFC consolidated grant which funds a number of postdoctoral positions in cosmology and relativity. These posts, if available, will be listed on this page (and elsewhere, usually in the autumn).

External funding opportunities

There are also a number of postdoctoral research fellowship opportunities that can be held within DAMTP. These include the STFC Ernest Rutherford Fellowship, which is offered every year. The deadline for applications is in September, but interested applicants who wish their Fellowship to be hosted in DAMTP must have discussed their application with a member of the DAMTP academic staff, who will act as their "sponsor" should their application be successful. The deadline for DAMTP to receive applications is usually in August. More information about this award can be found on the DAMTP vacancy page.

Other postdoctoral funding opportunities include the Royal Society, which offers five-year fellowships, the Dorothy Hodgkin Fellowship and Newton International Fellowships. The European Union offers funding for researchers (with its Marie Curie Fellowship), as does the Royal Astronomical Society and the University of Cambridge with the Herchel Smith Fellowship.

PhD opportunities

Entry requirements:

For those interested in taking a PhD in the GR/CTC group, this would normally be possible when the candidate has taken the University's Part III Mathematics course or an equivalent four-year degree, achieving a Distinction or first-class honours degree (though in practice most candidates come through Part III). Graduates from outside Cambridge frequently take Part III as a qualifying fourth-year course. Exceptional external applicants with masters degrees may be considered in cosmology or if there are other opportunities advertised on this website.

DAMTP deadline:

The deadline for applications is the end of January each year, unless you require funding from the Cambridge Trusts, in which case earlier deadlines apply. However, later applications will be considered where possible. For more detailed information please go to and


There are other awards available from Cambridge sources outside DAMTP. The Graduate Admissions website contains an up-to-date guide. See also the Student Registry for funding-related information.