Jobs and 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 Associates in Cosmology and Gravitation (Fixed Term)

Closing date: 22 December 2019

Applications are invited for up to three Postdoctoral Research Associate positions in the Relativity and Gravitation Group and the Centre for Theoretical Cosmology within Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics. Up to three positions may be offered, depending on the availability of funding, for up to three years. The theoretical and computational projects of direct relevance for these posts include: advancing observational tests of inflationary predictions from large-scale structure and the CMB, especially higher-order correlators and their estimation; studying cosmological correlators generated in the primordial universe, the general rules and symmetries they must obey; developing methods for testing General Relativity using gravitational waves with a focus on using effective field theory to describe possible deviations from GR; modelling of compact binary systems involving scalar and vector fields with the goal of identifying gravitational wave signatures that distinguish these from vacuum black-hole binaries.

The successful candidates will work with academic staff (Barrow, Challinor, Dafermos, Davis, Fergusson, Gibbons, Pajer, Reall, Santos, Shellard, Sherwin and Sperhake) and research staff. There are close links with the HEP group in DAMTP and the Kavli Institute for Cosmology.

The positions are expected to be available from 1 April 2020, but the start date is flexible and can be delayed until October 2020. Applicants should have, or be about to obtain, a PhD in a relevant area of theoretical physics, and have an established track record of original research and experience of working in collaboration.

Duties will include developing and conducting individual and collaborative research objectives, proposals and projects. You will be expected to plan your own research, with guidance if required, and to assist in the preparation of funding proposal. You must be able to communicate material of a technical nature. You may be asked to assist in the supervision of student projects and development of skills, and deliver seminars relating to the research area.

Details of how to apply can be found here:

CTC/GR Group postdocs

The CTC/GR group occasionally 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).

Kavli Institute for Cosmology, Cambridge

The Kavli brings together researchers from the Institute of Astronomy, the Cavendish Laboratory (Department of Physics) and DAMTP, offering the benefit of close interaction as well as access to giant telescopes and space satellites. Researchers from any country can apply for Kavli Institute Fellowships and can be based in the CTC in DAMTP.

Some of the possible opportunities regularly available each year include:

Kavli Institute Senior Fellow in Cosmology (5 years)
Newton-Kavli Junior Fellow (3 years)

The following positions are offered on a more occasional basis every few years:

Kavli Institute Fellow in Gravitational Waves (5 years)
Gavin Boyle Fellowship in Cosmology and Exoplanetary Science (3 years)

Other Cambridge opportunities

Herchel Smith Postdoctoral Fellowships provide support for 2-3 years for researchers in the biological and physical sciences. They are open to applicants from anywhere except those who obtained their PhD from Cambridge or Harvard. Candidates must have less than three years of postdoctoral research experience.

External funding opportunities

PhD opportunities

Entry requirements:

For those interested in taking a PhD in the CTC/GR 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.

Centre for Doctoral Training in Data Intensive Science

There is an alternative route for PhD funding through the Cambridge CDT in Data Intensive Science. This provides a four-year PhD working on a data-intensive project and can be based in DAMTP.