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.

 

Postdoctoral Position in Theoretical Cosmology
Postdoctoral Position in Gravitational Lensing
Postdoctoral Position in Gravitational Wave Physics
Faculty Research Software Engineer Manager (Fixed Term)
Senior Teaching Associate & CDT Co-ordinator
Senior Teaching Associate - Data Intensive Science
Other opportunities

Postdoctoral Position in Theoretical Cosmology

Closing date: 20 December 2022

Applications are invited for a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Relativity and Gravitation Group within Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics, working on the theoretical calculation of cosmological correlators in the early universe and their observational signals in CMB and large-scale structure datasets. A robust knowledge of quantum field theory and general relativity is required.

The successful candidate will work primarily with Professor Enrico Pajer, as well as academic staff across the Relativity and Gravitation group (Challinor, Dafermos, Fergusson, Hartnoll, Quevedo, Reall, Santos, Shellard, Sherwin, Sperhake, Wall and Warnick) and research staff and PhD students. There are close links with the HEP group in DAMTP and the Kavli Institute for Cosmology (www.kicc.cam.ac.uk).

The position is expected to be available from 1 April 2023, but the start date is flexible and can be delayed until October 2023. Applicants should have, or be about to obtain, a PhD in a relevant area of theoretical physics, and to 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 proposals. 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.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 3 years in the first instance.

Apply here: https://www.jobs.cam.ac.uk/job/38386/


Postdoctoral Position in Gravitational Lensing

Closing date: 4 January 2023

Applications are invited for a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Relativity and Gravitation Group within Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics, working on lensing of the cosmic microwave background, with a particular focus on lensing measurements and B-mode delensing with early Simons Observatory CMB data.

The successful candidate will work primarily with Professor Blake Sherwin, as well as academic staff across the Relativity and Gravitation group (Challinor, Dafermos, Fergusson, Hartnoll, Pajer, Quevedo, Reall, Santos, Shellard, Sperhake, Wall and Warnick) and research staff and PhD students. There are close links with the HEP group in DAMTP and the Kavli Institute for Cosmology (www.kicc.cam.ac.uk).

The position is expected to be available from 1 April 2023, but the start date is flexible and can be delayed until October 2023. Applicants should have, or be about to obtain, a PhD in a relevant area of theoretical physics, and to 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 proposals. 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.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 3 years in the first instance.

Apply here: https://www.jobs.cam.ac.uk/job/38525/


Postdoctoral Position in Gravitational Wave Physics

Closing date: 8 January 2023

Applications are invited for a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Relativity and Gravitation Group within Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics, working on gravitational-wave physics including gravitational-wave modelling, modified theories of gravity, numerical relativity and fundamental fields around black holes.

The successful candidate will work primarily with Professor Ulrich Sperhake, as well as academic staff across the Relativity and Gravitation group (Challinor, Dafermos, Fergusson, Hartnoll, Pajer, Quevedo, Reall, Santos, Shellard, Sherwin, Wall and Warnick) and research staff and PhD students. There are close links with the HEP group in DAMTP and the Kavli Institute for Cosmology (www.kicc.cam.ac.uk).

The position is expected to be available from 1 April 2023, but the start date is flexible and can be delayed until October 2023. Applicants should have, or be about to obtain, a PhD in a relevant area of theoretical physics, and to 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 proposals. 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.

Informal enquiries may be made to James Parke (LE34392@maths.cam.ac.uk) or to Ulrich Sperhake (u.sperhake@damtp.cam.ac.uk).

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 2 years in the first instance.

Apply here: https://www.jobs.cam.ac.uk/job/38387/

Note closing date is now 8 January 2023


Faculty Research Software Engineer Manager (Fixed Term)

Closing date: 12 January 2023

The role holder is expected to provide oversight of the Faculty of Mathematics Computing Development Platform, an HPC and data analytics supercomputer facility, together with Research Software Engineers supporting related programming efforts within Faculty research groups. This post is closely linked to the Centre for Theoretical Cosmology which hosts an Intel oneAPI Center of Excellence (formerly an Intel Parallel Computing Center).  

Amongst other duties, the role will provide senior-level expertise to oversee the RSE support within individual research groups, notably the Astrophysics group and CTC/GR group for which some domain knowledge would be desirable.  As well as demonstrating expertise in testing, profiling and improving the performance of parallel code, the role holder is expected to have experience of programming in C, C++, Fortran 90 and Python, using scripting languages such as Bash, and of parallel-programming using OpenMP and MPI as well as for GPU systems. The role also advises Faculty members on grant applications for RSE support and hardware procurement and supports them by offering RSE-based assistance.

The role holder would be expected to be actively involved in training PhD students, specifically through involvement with the Centre for Doctoral Training in Data Intensive Science, Courses for this purpose are available through the new MPhil in Data Intensive Science, so the role would be expected to advise and assist MPhil faculty members with course design and teaching. Please follow this link for further details:

Apply here: https://www.damtp.cam.ac.uk/job/37073


Senior Teaching Associate & CDT Co-ordinator (Fixed Term)

Closing date: 11 December 2022

The School of Physical Sciences invites applications for a Senior Teaching Associate and CDT Co-ordinator in the field of Data Intensive Science to be held in the Department of Physics. This full-time position would be directly connected to the existing Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) (https://cdtdis.bigdata.cam.ac.uk/) in Data Intensive science and the new MPhil in Data Intensive Science (https://mphildis.bigdata.cam.ac.uk/).

The CDT is an innovative 4-year PhD programme featuring two novel aspects; formal assessed training in data intensive science in the first year, provided by the MPhil, and a 6-month industry placement designed to broaden students experience. The MPhil is a cross-Departmental Programme in the School of Physical Sciences which has been designed in collaboration with our leading researchers and industrial partners to provide students with the theoretical knowledge, the practical experience, and transferable skills required to undertake world-leading data intensive scientific research.

The CDT and MPhil are supported by the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics, the Institute of Astronomy, and the Department of Physics. The research areas linked to both programmes are: Gravitational Wave Astronomy, Radio Astronomy, High Energy Physics, Stellar Dynamics and Accretion Disks, Cosmology, and Imaging. The CDT currently has 25 students and admits approximately 8 students each year. The MPhil will initially welcome a cohort of 50 students, but this is expected to grow to 100 over 5 years.

The successful candidate will have extensive experience analysing scientific data sets, either in academia or industry, preferably in one of the research areas mentioned above. They should have a proven track record of teaching and be an excellent communicator. They should be able to demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of, and show practical experience with, statistical methods and machine learning algorithms. They must also be proficient in Python and the techniques required for software development best practice. Familiarity with other coding languages, in particular C++, and high-performance computing is desirable. They must be highly organised and motivated and should demonstrate aptitude for programme coordination. It is expected that they will hold a PhD in mathematics or physics (or a cognate discipline).

Due to the fast-moving nature of the topics covered in the MPhil and research within the CDT, the role holder would be expected to participate in one or more of the research groups associated with the programme to maintain their knowledge of the current status of research, and techniques used, within them.

The successful candidate will be expected to support the MPhil by: the creation and delivery of course modules; the supervision, assessment, and examination of modules; and the provision of computational projects for the new Master's degree. They will support the management and oversight of the CDT primarily by: overseeing the students participation on the MPhil, their industrial placements and day to day coordination of the centre and liaison with the students. They will also be expected to participate in the administration of tasks associated with the academic delivery of these programmes like overseeing the seminar series and industry led modules, and the coordination and delivery of non-examined short courses on advanced topics or transferable skills.

A new Academic Career pathway scheme for Teaching and Scholarship staff has been developed to recognise and reward outstanding contributions and celebrate academic achievement through promotion and/or pay progression. This post falls within this career pathway scheme. For further details, please visit www.acptands.hr.admin.cam.ac.uk/acp-overview

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 3 years in the first instance.

Apply here: https://www.jobs.cam.ac.uk/job/38114/


Senior Teaching Associate - Data Intensive Science (Fixed Term)

The School of Physical Sciences invites applications for a Senior Teaching Associate in the field of Data Intensive Science to be held in the Department of Physics. This full-time position would be directly connected to the MPhil in Data Intensive Science (https://mphildis.bigdata.cam.ac.uk/).

The MPhil is a cross-Departmental Programme in the School of Physical Sciences which has been designed in collaboration with our leading researchers and industrial partners to provide students with the theoretical knowledge, the practical experience, and transferable skills required to undertake world-leading data intensive scientific research.

The MPhil are supported by the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics (DAMTP), the Institute of Astronomy (IoA) and the Department of Physics. The research areas initially linked to both the programmes are: Gravitational Wave Astronomy, Radio Astronomy, High Energy Physics, Stellar Dynamics and Accretion Disks, Cosmology, and Imaging. The MPhil will initially welcome a cohort of 50 students, but this is expected to grow to 100 over 5 years.

The successful candidate will have extensive experience analysing scientific data sets, either in academia or industry, preferably in one of the research areas mentioned above. They should have a proven track record of teaching and be an excellent communicator. They should be able to demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of, and show practical experience with, statistical methods and machine learning algorithms. They must also be proficient in Python and the techniques required for software development best practice. Familiarity with other coding languages, in particular C++, and high-performance computing is desirable. They must be highly organised and motivated and should demonstrate aptitude for programme coordination. It is expected that they will hold a PhD in mathematics or physics (or a cognate discipline).

Due to the fast-moving nature of the topics covered in the MPhil, the role holder would be expected to participate in one or more of the research groups associated with the programme to maintain their knowledge of the current status of research, and techniques used, within them.

The successful candidate will be expected to support the MPhil primarily by: the creation and delivery of course modules; the supervision, assessment, and examination of modules; and the provision of computational projects for the new Master's degree. They will also be expected to participate in the administration of tasks associated with the academic delivery of these programmes like overseeing the seminar series and industry led modules, and the coordination and delivery of non-examined short courses on advanced topics or transferable skills.

A new Academic Career pathway scheme for Teaching and Scholarship staff (ACP T&S) has been developed to recognise and reward outstanding contributions and celebrate academic achievement through promotion and/or pay progression. This post falls within this career pathway scheme. Further details of the scheme are available here: www.acptands.hr.admin.cam.ac.uk/acp-overview

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 3 years in the first instance.

The Departments are active in promoting policies to address historic under-representation of women and minority groups in its workforce. Candidates from under-represented groups, as well as candidates with a track record in addressing barriers to equality and diversity in education, are particularly encouraged to apply.

Apply here: https://www.jobs.cam.ac.uk/job/38113/


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. 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 http://www.damtp.cam.ac.uk/study/phdstudentships.html and http://www.maths.cam.ac.uk/postgrad/phd/

Funding:

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.