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Research Associate in General Relativity (Fixed Term)
Limit of tenure applies.
The Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics of the University of Cambridge invites applications for a post-doctoral position in general relativity to start in fall 2016 (or earlier). This position is for 1 year at Cambridge, funded by an STFC Consolidated Grant and will continue for 2 further years (extendable to 3 years) at the Instituto Superior Tecnico in Lisbon with funding from an ERC grant.
Emphasis of this position will be on the modelling of compact objects as sources of gravitational waves in general relativity and modified theories of gravity including interactions with fundamental fields. 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.
The research group includes John Barrow, Daniel Baumann, Anthony Challinor, Gary Gibbons, Stephen Hawking, 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. Further details can be found on the group's webpages at
The Gravity Group at Lisbon (GRIT) is part of The Centro Multidisciplinar de Astrofísica (CENTRA), a research centre in Instituto Superior Técnico. More information on the group can be found at
The gravity group is currently focusing on phenomenology of strong-field gravity, including gravitational-wave and black hole physics, and is composed of faculty Vitor Cardoso, José Lemos, researchers Emanuele Berti and Sante Carloni and several postdoctoral Fellows. The group has strong ties to teams in Aveiro, Cambridge (DAMTP), Perimeter Institute and Rome (Sapienza). The group also features a cluster "Baltasar Sete-Sóis."
To apply, please go to the vacancy web page and click on the 'Apply online' button:
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.
Further particulars: The position includes funding of about 3000 EUR annually for travel at both stages (Cambridge and Lisbon). The candidate would furthermore participate in an H2020-MSCA-RISE network involving 8 institutions in Europe, the US, Canada and Japan. This network includes the Perimeter Institute with whom bilateral agreements support further exchange visits. Special funding for exchange visits between Lisbon and Cambridge will be available for the candidate throughout the 3 to 4 year period.
The appointment will be made during the first year at Cambridge at level with salary from £28,695 depending on age and experience and during the following years at Lisbon with a salary of 2100 Euro/month tax free.
The University of Cambridge and IST/CENTRA 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.
Please quote reference LE07511 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.
The University values diversity and is committed to equality of opportunity.
The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK.
CTC occasionally advertises Stephen Hawking Advanced Fellowships for outstanding candidates in Cosmology and Gravitation with a tenure of 4-5 years. These posts, if available, will be listed on this page (and elsewhere, usually in the autumn).
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.
For those interested in taking a PhD at the CTC or GR group, this would normally be possible only when the candidate has taken the University’s Part III Mathematics course, although exceptional external applicants with masters degrees may be considered in cosmology.