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.

Kavli Institute Fellow in Gravitational Waves (5 years)

Group postdocs

External funding opportunities

PhD opportunities

Kavli Institute Fellow in Gravitational Waves (5 years)

Closing date: 1 November 2018

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 5 years in the first instance.

In a new collaborative initiative, three University of Cambridge departments conducting research activities related to 'Gravitational Waves', the Cavendish Laboratory, Institute of Astronomy (IoA ) and Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics (DAMTP), are offering a senior Fellowship in Gravitational Wave theory and Astronomy, to be conducted within the Kavli Institute for Cosmology located within the IoA (West Cambridge).

The senior Kavli Fellow will actively interface and foster collaboration between the three departments (DAMTP, IoA, Cavendish). Specific areas of research include multi messenger astrophysics with GW sources, tests of general relativity through GW observations, the use of LIGO observations to study the formation history of black holes, GW data analysis techniques and template construction, studies of the equation of state through electromagnetic and GW observations of neutron stars and GW source modeling including electromagnetic counterparts.

Applicants must be experienced researchers and have a PhD in Physics, Mathematics, Astronomy or a related field and a proven track record of independent research in one, or more, of the above mentioned or related fields. The fellowship is targeted at researchers who have the potential to become leaders in their fields. The successful applicant will be expected to conduct a programme of independent research, prepare or contribute to proposals to secure research resources (for example access to high-performance computing), write scientific articles for publication in peer reviewed journals and contribute to the supervision of graduate students and outreach as requested by the Director of the Kavli Institute. Applicants must have excellent communication and computing skills.

Salary will be on the same scale as University Lecturers, within the range £39,992 - £50,618 (p.a. depending on experience) plus superannuation benefit. A research allowance of £8,000 p.a. will be provided. Further benefits of the University employment are outlined at Further information of the Kavli Institute and the Fellowship can be obtained from the further particulars or from Professor Roberto Maiolino, email r.maiolino(at)

To download further particulars and to apply online for this vacancy, please see

Please ensure that you upload your Curriculum Vitae (CV), covering letter, publications list and research statement (3 pages max, 11pt fonts) in the upload section of the online application. If you upload any additional documents that have not been requested, we will not be able to consider these as part of your application. The names of three referees are a necessary part of the submission. Referees will be contacted automatically following an application but applicants are strongly advised to prepare nominated referees for the need to provide references by Thursday, 15th November 2018.

If you have any queries about your application, please contact Mr Steven Brereton (email Kavlisec(at), telephone +44(0) 1223 337516).

The closing date for applications is midnight (BST or Daylight Saving time) Thursday, 1st November 2018.

Please quote reference LG16636 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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

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Please note that DAMTP is one of the three parent departments of the Kavli Institute for Cosmology, Cambridge (KICC), and successful candidates can be accommodated in DAMTP, if there is significant research overlap.

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

  • The STFC Ernest Rutherford Fellowship 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.
  • 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 (next closing date 25 July).
  • The Royal Society University Fellowship is for applicants at an early stage of their research career, with three to eight years of experience since their PhD. The scheme is currently closed but is due to open again this year.
  • The Marie Curie Individual Fellowship offers one to two years of funding for researchers working in EU or associated countries. The next deadline is 12 September. 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. The process opens on 1 August.
  • Kavli Institute Fellowships are available to researchers from any country for up to five years. Apply as opportunities arise
  • Leverhulme Trust Research Fellowships fund a research programme in any discipline for 3 to 24 months. The next round opens in September 2018.
  • 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. Advertising starts again in November 2018.

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.