University Lecturer in Theoretical Cosmology

University of Cambridge - Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics

Applications are invited for a University Lectureship in Theoretical Cosmology to commence on 1st October 2017 or by agreement. Appointment will be made at an appropriate point on the scale for University Lecturers and will be for a probationary period of five years with appointment to the retiring age thereafter, subject to satisfactory performance.

The successful candidate will have a PhD in Mathematics, Physics or equivalent and have an outstanding record of research in theoretical cosmology, to be interpreted in the broadest sense.

This position is linked to the Relativity and Gravitation (GR) Group, which is associated with the Stephen Hawking Centre for Theoretical Cosmology (CTC). The group hosts the COSMOS Intel Parallel Computing Centre, which pioneers provision of research programming support on the latest HPC architectures, and it operates the COSMOS supercomputer (, part of the national STFC DiRAC Facility.

The successful candidate's duties will include contributing to teaching seminars and tutorials, writing and adapting lecture material, taking feedback from students and providing them with career or pastoral advice. They must be able to investigate new areas of research, identify research topics, determine, adapt and apply appropriate methodologies and write up progress reports and papers for publication. They will be required to write and mark examination papers, dissertation reports and provide references. They will need to be able to actively investigate funding opportunities, submit research grant applications, attend conferences, network with national/international colleagues, give presentations and participate in working groups.

In exceptional circumstances, it may be possible to offer a supplement to the salary range stated for this role of up to £10,000. Any such supplement would be awarded on the basis of a demonstrable history of exceptional achievement and is entirely at the discretion of the University. 

Informal enquiries may be made to

To apply online for this vacancy and to view further information about the role, please visit: This will take you to the role on the University’s Job Opportunities pages. There you will need to click on the 'Apply online' button and register an account with the University's Web Recruitment System (if you have not already) and log in before completing the online application form.

You will need to upload a letter of application, a full curriculum vitae, a list of publications and one page of A4 detailing research interests and future plans. You should also include the contact details of three academic referees. Please ensure that at least one of your referees is contactable at any time during the selection process, and is made aware that they will be contacted by the Mathematics HR Office Administrator to request that they upload a reference for you to our Web Recruitment System; and please encourage them to do so promptly.

Further particulars of this position can be found at: Further general information regarding the Department can be found at:

Please quote reference LE10674 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University of Cambridge values diversity and is committed to equality of opportunity. The Department would particularly welcome applications from women, since women are, and have historically been, underrepresented on our academic staff.

The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK.

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