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.

STFC Ernest Rutherford Fellowships

This year's applications are now open.

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. Work permits are a matter for direct negotiation between the institution, the Department of Employment and the Home Office.

See 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.

STFC no longer defines eligibility for Ernest Rutherford fellowships in terms of a minimum number of years of experience. Instead, applicants should read the competency profile in Annex 1 to determine if you have the skills, knowledge and experience to apply for an Ernest Rutherford Fellowship. 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 16 August 2019, 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 ( under the subject line 'STFC Fellowships - DAMTP Internal Selection Procedure'. The sponsor's name should be given in the accompanying email. Applicants should also arrange for references to be sent to this email.

Information on how to apply can be found at the STFC website above.

Those applicants who have been selected to submit full applications will be notified in the week commencing 26 August 2019.

University Research Fellowships

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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 for more information.

If you intend to apply for the URF with DAMTP as Host Organisation, we would kindly ask that you follow the procedure below:

  • by Tuesday 13th August, send an email to the DAMTP accountant, Mr Jon Foulkes (, stating your intention to apply for the URF. He will then get back to you to agree a timeline for all financial aspects of the application
  • by Monday 19th August, send to the Head of Department ( an email with information on who you would plan to work with at DAMTP and your draft proposal as an attachment

Full guidance notes and eligibility criteria can be found at and

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

  • The STFC Ernest Rutherford Fellowship is offered every year. (This year's applications are now available. See above.) 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.
  • ESPRC/STFC Stephen Hawking Fellowships provide up to four years of funding for UK and international researchers in all areas of theoretical physics, and in those areas of mathematics and computer science which underpin and contribute to the development of theoretical physics.
  • The Royal Society Wolfson Fellowship offers up to five years of funding for senior career researchers of any nationality. There are three rounds per year.
  • The Royal Society University Research Fellowship is for applicants at an early stage of their research career, with three to eight years of experience since their PhD. (This year's applications are now available. See above.) More information about this award can be found on the DAMTP vacancy page.
  • The Royal Society JSPS Postdoctoral Fellowship provides funding for young researchers to conduct cooperative research in Japan for 12-24 months.
  • The Royal Society Newton Advanced Fellowship provide opportunities for international researchers to collaborate with a partner in the UK for up to two years.
  • The Marie Curie Individual Fellowship offers one to two years of funding for researchers working in EU or associated countries. Applicants need at least four years’ full-time research experience by the time of the call deadline.
  • RAS Research and Norman Lockyer Fellowships are awarded for a period of up to three years.
  • Leverhulme Trust Research Fellowships fund a research programme in any discipline for 3 to 24 months.

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.