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Research Associate in SKA simulations (Fixed Term)

Tue, 24/05/2022 - 00:00

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 12 months in the first instance.

Once an offer of employment has been accepted, the successful candidate will be required to undergo a health assessment.

A position exists for Research Associate in SKA simulations.

The aim of the role is to support the development of the SKA telescope via simulations eg to perform computer simulations of the SKA1-LOW instrument in order to assist its development and construction. These will include simulations of the phased array stations including effects such as mutual coupling between antenna elements and propagation of these effects through visibility simulators and into the EoR window.

The successful candidate will hold (or be close to obtaining) a PhD Radio Astronomy with a proven track record in radio astronomy and 21-cm radio cosmology modelling and data analysis. Preference will be given to candidates with experience in Python and Radio antenna systems as demonstrated by publications in major journals. The candidate will also have the ability to work in a team and proven organization and communication skills.

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Informal enquiries are welcomed and should be directed to: Eloy De Lera Acedo Email: ed330@cam.ac.uk

If you have any queries regarding the application process please contact the Rutherford HR at Rutherford.HR@phy.cam.ac.uk

The closing date for applications is: 7th June 2022

The interview date for the role is: TBC

Please quote reference KA31492 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society.

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

Research Associate in High Energy Physics (Fixed Term)

Fri, 20/05/2022 - 00:00

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 36 months in the first instance.

Once an offer of employment has been accepted, the successful candidate will be required to undergo a health assessment.

The aim of the role is to analyse data from the LHCb experiment with focus on the study of rare decay modes in which significant anomalies with respect to the predictions of the Standard Model have been observed. The LHCb group at Cambridge has played a leading role in measurements of lepton flavour universality ratios, decay rates and angular observables in rare B meson decays. The successful candidate is expected to take an active role in LHCb data analysis in these or other associated areas with the potential to observe physics beyond the Standard Model. This is one of several Research Associate positions at the University of Cambridge, University of Bristol and Imperial College London to create a team to work closely with faculty from all three institutes.

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Informal enquiries are welcomed and should be directed to: Paula Alvarez Cartelle Email: palvarez@hep.phy.cam.ac.uk

If you have any queries regarding the application process please contact the Rutherford HR at Rutherford.HR@phy.cam.ac.uk

The closing date for applications is: 24th June 2022

The interview date for the role is: TBC

Please quote reference KA31463 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society.

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

Research Associate in Biofilm Resilience (Fixed Term)

Thu, 19/05/2022 - 00:00

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 36 months in the first instance.

Once an offer of employment has been accepted, the successful candidate will be required to undergo a health assessment.

The aim of the role is to investigate the role of cell heterogeneity as an evolutionary mechanism for biofilm resilience, by developing a library of strains in Bacillus subtilis and E. coli to make perturbations in the gene regulatory network that controls key bacterial phenotype (motility, ECM production) and understand their effects on the spatio-temporal patterns of the corresponding biofilms. After appropriate characterisation, these strains will be used to perform directed evolutionary experiments to understand the rewiring of the network under different environmental conditions. This is an ambitious research program, with a strong interdisciplinary nature, across molecular and synthetic biology, physics and evolutionary biology.

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Informal enquiries are welcomed and should be directed to: Dr. Diana Fusco Email: df390@cam.ac.uk

If you have any queries regarding the application process please contact the Rutherford HR at Rutherford.HR@phy.cam.ac.uk

The closing date for applications is: 23rd June 2022

The interview date for the role is: TBC

Please quote reference KA31442 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society.

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

Research Assistant role in organic semiconductors (Fixed Term)

Thu, 19/05/2022 - 00:00

We are looking for a Research Assistant to work on the project Spin Control in Radical Semiconductors, SCORS, an ERC project led by Professor Sir Richard Friend at the University of Cambridge. The successful candidate will be based in the Optoelectronics Group in the Department of Physics. The project will focus on developing measurements of optoelectronic properties of organic semiconductors with spin half ground states, including time resolved ultrafast optical spectroscopy. The positions will start in October 2022.

Candidates will have completed a Masters-level degree in a relevant field such as Physical Chemistry and Solid State Physics. Candidates must provide the names and contact details of two referees who are familiar with their work/studies in the relevant field.

Candidates will need to meet all prerequisites for admission to the PhD programme in the Department of Physics (please refer to: https://www.phy.cam.ac.uk/admissions/postgraduate/degreesoffered/phdinphysics). If the candidate registers as a full-time PhD student at the University and studies for the degree, the candidate may apply to pay staff rate tuition fees for the PhD.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available until 30 September 2025 in the first instance.

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Enquiries concerning this position should be directed to Professor Sir Richard Friend (rhf10@cam.ac.uk), and applicants are encouraged to contact him regarding the position.

Please see the attached further information file for the relevant post for more role specific details.

Please quote reference KA31416 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society.

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

Research Assistant/Associate role in spintronics (Fixed Term)

Thu, 19/05/2022 - 00:00

We invite applicants for a position to work within a new Royal Society funded project focusing on ultra-fast spin-charge interconversion in antiferromagnets. Different classes of antiferromagnets will be considered from collinear to Kagome structures.

We are looking for a highly motivated and enthusiastic candidate with a background in spintronics and experience on time-resolved THz spectroscopy and cryogenics. We particularly encourage those candidates typically underrepresented in the STEM area to apply. The position will be based within the Cavendish Laboratory.

Appointment as a Research Associate is dependent on having a PhD. Those who have submitted but have not yet received their PhD will initially be appointed as a Research Assistant and amended to research associate when the PhD is awarded. The research assistant salary (grade 5) falls within the range £27,116 to £31,406. The research associate (grade 7) salary falls within the range £33,309 to £40,322.

The position is available from 1st July 2022 or as soon as possible after this date.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available until 14 August 2023 in the first instance.

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Informal inquires for these posts can be addressed via email to Dr Chiara Ciccarelli (cc538@cam.ac.uk). Please include a curriculum vitae while doing so.

Applications will be rapidly reviewed after the closing date and interviews conducted shortly thereafter.

Please see the attached further information file for the relevant post for more role specific details.

Please quote reference KA31421 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society.

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

Research Assistant/Associate in perovskite devices (Fixed Term)

Tue, 17/05/2022 - 00:00

We invite applicants for a position to work within a new Royal Society funded project focusing on the fabrication and characterization of perovskite solar cells. Particularly, advanced structural and spectroscopic characterization tools will be employed to investigate the perovskite devices. We aim to unfold photophysical processes occurring within fully assembled devices while pushing power conversion efficiency and the operational stability of perovskite devices.

This project provides an opportunity to work with other groups working on the perovskites in Cambridge, including Prof R Friend, Dr A Rao and Dr S Stranks, and with international collaborators.

We are looking for a highly motivated and enthusiastic candidate for this research assistant or research associate position to work in the Optoelectronics Group at Cambridge and to drive the collective efforts to achieve the project goals. The successful candidate will contribute to the project by becoming involved with extensive interactions with both the local team and project partners, and will develop effective working relationships with a range of collaborators. We particularly encourage candidates who are typically underrepresented in the STEM area to apply. As the position will be based within the Cavendish Laboratory, the candidate will be taking advantage of state-of-the-art deposition and characterisation equipment across the West Cambridge campus including facilities within the Henry Royce Institute. The successful candidate will hold a PhD in Physics, Chemistry, Materials Science, or a related area (or be close to completion), and will also have extensive expertise in materials science, device physics of perovskite semiconductors and their application in solar cells. We anticipate that the successful candidate's research will focus on:

(i) the fabrication and characterization of solar cells in addition to holding a good understanding of structural, morphological, and compositional characterization of solid-state materials. Experience in organic or hybrid materials and device fabrication is essential, including but not limited to, hybrid perovskite for solar cell or light-emitting device applications.

(ii) the advanced characterisation of materials and devices including synchrotron-based diffraction, and optoelectronic and spectroscopic measurements.

A proven track record of scientific publication and presentation at international conferences is essential. In addition to working independently, the successful candidates should also work well in a team and help to promote a collaborative environment, interacting frequently with others in the team (Ph.D. students, PDRAs, and academic staff). Excellent communication, organisational and problem-solving skills are also required.

Appointment as a Research Associate is dependent on having a PhD. Those who have submitted but have not yet received their PhD will initially be appointed as a Research Assistant and amended to research associate when the PhD is awarded. The research assistant salary (grade 5) falls within the range £27,116 to £31,406. The research associate (grade 7) salary falls within the range £33,309 to £40,927.

The position is available from 1st July 2022 or as soon as possible after this date.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 14.5 months in the first instance.

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Informal inquires for these posts can be addressed via email to Dr Ibrahim Dar (id338@cam.ac.uk). Please include a curriculum vitae while doing so.

Please see the attached further information file for the relevant post for more role specific details.

Please quote reference KA31379 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society.

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

Researcher: Quantum Gases & Collective Phenomena x 2 (Fixed Term)

Mon, 16/05/2022 - 00:00

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 24 months in the first instance.

Once an offer of employment has been accepted, the successful candidate will be required to undergo a health assessment.

The aim of the role is to work on experiments on non-equilibrium physics of ultracold atomic gases, with particular focus on turbulence, dynamics of phase transitions, and the universal dynamics of closed far-from-equilibrium quantum systems. The work will involve leading experiments, guiding PhD students, writing up results for publication and presenting them at conferences.

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Informal enquiries are welcomed and should be directed to: Zoran Hadzibabic Email:zh10001@cam.ac.uk

If you have any queries regarding the application process please contact the Rutherford HR at Rutherford.HR@phy.cam.ac.uk

The closing date for applications is: 15th June 2022

The interview date for the role is: TBC

Please quote reference KA31372 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society.

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

Research Assistant/Research Associate (Fixed Term)

Fri, 13/05/2022 - 00:00

Applications are invited for a postdoctoral position in the optical microscopy and spectroscopy of battery electrode materials at the Cavendish Laboratory, University of Cambridge.

The successful candidates will join the group of Dr. Akshay Rao, and build on our recent advances in optical microscopy and spectroscopy of battery electrodes (Merryweather et al., Nature, 594, 522¿528, 2021, https://doi.org/10.1038/s41586-021-03584-2). The work will involve close collaboration with the Departments of Chemistry and Engineering at the University of Cambridge.

The ideal candidate should have a PhD in Chemistry, Physics or a related area, and a strong background in optical microscopy and spectroscopy. A strong track record of high-quality research and an excellent publication record publication are essential. The ability to work well in a team will be crucial as projects will be highly collaborative, involving universities and industrial partners around the world. Experience with optical setup design, optical modelling and data analysis of large microscopy data sets would be a plus.

The position is available from 01/06/2022, or as soon as possible thereafter.

Informal enquires can be addressed via email to Dr. Akshay Rao (ar525@cam.ac.uk) http://www.rao.oe.phy.cam.ac.uk/. Please include a curriculum vitae while doing so.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available until 31 March 2023 in the first instance.

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Appointment at research associate is dependent on having a PhD (or equivalent experience), including those who have submitted but not yet received their PhD (in which case appointment will initially be made at research assistant and amended to research associate when the PhD is awarded). The research assistant salary (grade 5) falls within the range £27,116 to £31,406. The research associate (grade 7) salary falls within the range £33,309 to £40,927.

Please quote reference KA31312 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society.

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

Hub Administrator (Fixed Term) Internal Secondment Opportunity

Thu, 12/05/2022 - 00:00

The Department of Physics is seeking a well-organised and highly-motivated colleague to lead one of its three administrative Hubs, Mott Hub. The Hub Administrator and their team provides a vital and close support service to academics, principal investigators and research staff in the management of their scientific activities and funded research projects, ensuring the administrative functions run smoothly and enable the research and student community to focus on their areas of expertise.

This diverse, generalist role is an opportunity for anyone seeking to further their career in University management, and would suit those aspiring to progress to more senior roles in business operations, including Departmental/Faculty/School administrator roles in Higher Education. It will also appeal to administrative colleagues who wish to gain initial experience of working in a large and complex scientific research or laboratory environment.

You will have excellent organisational and administrative skill, with the ability to plan and draw together advice from specialists in finance, HR, and research grants to solve problems for academic and research colleagues. Some previous experience of staff supervision, standard business processes, and analysing data and management information is advantageous. You will have outstanding inter-personal skills to be able to manage good working relationships with a wide variety of people from all over the world, in order to gain a full understanding of the needs of academics, research staff, and graduate students and deliver a responsive administrative service to them.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 1 year in the first instance.

The post is offered to internal candidates only on the basis of a secondment from their current role in the University.

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Informal enquiries are welcomed and should be directed to: Sam Stokes, Departmental Administrator (sjk63@cam.ac.uk )

If you have any queries regarding the application process please contact hr@phy.cam.ac.uk

Please quote reference KA31301 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society.

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

Principal Technician

Wed, 11/05/2022 - 00:00

The Department of Physics has over 1000 staff, students, visitors and collaborators organised into 15 research groups and a number of support services. This role is within the Mechanical Workshop of 17 staff, which provides mechanical engineering support to the experimental research groups, designing and manufacturing bespoke components and whole pieces of apparatus to allow Physics research to be conducted.

The role holder is one of the most skilled and senior members of the Mechanical Workshop, delivering highly specialised technical support to research groups in the design, development, manufacture, maintenance and installation of scientific instruments and research laboratory equipment. The role holder manages relevant workshop equipment and services as well as carrying out training of Staff and Students in specialist fabrication skills/techniques, including supervision of the second and third year apprentices in their training on various specialist fabrication techniques.

You will have substantial experience in a relevant similar specialist research or technical environment, such as a workshop, laboratory or factory, as well as in the use of engineering equipment and techniques in the manufacturing of tools and instruments.

Applicants must have a qualification equivalent to first degree level, or level 5/6 vocational qualification, or an equivalent level of practical experience. The ability to work as part of a team is essential, as is the ability to work with a wide variety of people and balance competing demands and priorities effectively.

Once an offer of employment has been accepted, the successful candidate will be required to undergo a health assessment.

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Informal enquiries are welcomed and should be directed to: hr@phy.cam.ac.uk

Please quote reference KA30947 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society.

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

HR & Events Administrator

Tue, 10/05/2022 - 00:00

Are you seeking an exciting opportunity in which to develop your Human Resources career in a world-leading academic department and University?

The Department of Physics is seeking a highly-motivated and professional individual to cover the HR and events work in the busy Kapitza Hub, a well-established administrative team providing a pro-active and responsive service to academic and research staff, and graduate students. Working alongside the central HR team and gaining wide-ranging experience of Human Resources work in a HE environment, this specialist role is an excellent opportunity for those seeking to develop a career in Human Resources. You will also be responsible for organising and managing events including small conferences and seminars.

You will be educated to A-level standard (or equivalent) and have good general organisational and administrative skills, with the ability to work across a varied workload with excellent attention to detail. It is vital that you possess excellent inter-personal skills and are able to work well with your Hub team, managing good working relationships with a wide variety of people from all over the world.

The Department is committed to supporting training and development opportunities such as CIPD accreditation. Previous HR experience is desirable but not essential.
The Department is looking forward to major developments, including moving to a state-of-the-art, multi-million pound new building due for completion in 2023. This is an exciting and challenging time for the Department and we would like a highly motivated individual with a positive attitude towards change and development to join us.

Once an offer of employment has been accepted, the successful candidate will be required to undergo a health assessment.

We welcome applications from individuals who wish to be considered for part-time working or other flexible working arrangements.

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Informal enquiries are welcomed and should be directed to: hr@phy.cam.ac.uk

Please quote reference KA31145 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society.

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

Project Administrator (RDC) (Fixed Term)

Tue, 10/05/2022 - 00:00

The Cavendish Laboratory is the home of the Department of Physics at the University of Cambridge.

A large proportion of the Cavendish is anticipated to move to its new home, the Ray Dolby Centre, in 2023, which will mark the start of a new era for physics at Cambridge. The new state of the art facility is being purpose-built for our world-leading research programmes and will provide National Facilities for all HEIs and commercial partners, sharing equipment and expertise. To enable the academic and educational endeavour, it is critical the operational service and delivery is complementary and able to adapt to these future needs.

Applications are therefore invited for a skilled project administrator to join a small and dedicated team, as they work towards delivering the technical and operational requirements of the Ray Dolby Centre. This is a fast-paced and multi-faceted role that spans a wide-range of different projects, with a primary focus on the contribution, development and implementation of a series of business cases to align Professional Services Staff strategies that will enable effective support when the building is operational.

It is essential that the successful candidate is personable, has the ability to forge positive working relationships with colleagues at all levels of seniority, is well organised, highly adaptable to fast-paced and ever-changing priorities, able to work with independence, and manage multiple, complex projects. You will be a highly-skilled communicator and able to quickly source and process large amounts of information and data, and have the ability to manage often complex and sensitive meetings to ensure the necessary outcomes. Experience of HR processes and work in a similar, higher education environment would be advantageous.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 18 months in the first instance.

Once an offer of employment has been accepted, the successful candidate will be required to undergo an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check.

Applications are welcome from internal candidates who would like to apply for the role on the basis of a secondment from their current role in the University.

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Informal enquiries are welcomed and should be directed to: Sam Stokes, Departmental Administrator (sjk63@cam.ac.uk )

If you have any queries regarding the application process please contact hr@phy.cam.ac.uk

Please quote reference KA31245 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society.

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

Research Assistant/Associate in charge transport (Fixed Term)

Fri, 06/05/2022 - 00:00

The Optoelectronics Group of the Department of Physics, University of Cambridge, invites applications for a Research Associate to work on the charge transport physics of two-dimensional metal organic frameworks. The post is part of a Core-To-Core International Collaboration project funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC, UK) and the Japanese Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS), which involves a collaboration between the University of Cambridge, the University of Tokyo, the Technical University of Dresden and the Chinese Academy of Sciences. The post is based in the group of Prof. Henning Sirringhaus, FRS, at the Cavendish Laboratory and will be focussed on experimental investigations of charge transport and materials physics of two-dimensional coordination nanosheets/metal organic frameworks.

The role holder will lead a sub-group of graduate students working on the grant on various aspects of the transport physics of these materials. The successful candidate will develop and execute their own independent research projects within this remit, under the guidance of the PI, Prof. Henning Sirringhaus, as well as provide day-to-day student supervision.

Appointment to this Research Associate position is dependent on having a PhD (or equivalent experience), including those who have submitted but not yet received their PhD (in which case appointment will initially be made at Research Assistant and amended to Research Associate when the PhD is awarded). The Research Associate (grade 7) salary falls within the range £31406 - £40927, whilst the Research Assistant (grade 5) salary falls within the range £27,116 to £31,406.

Candidates should hold (or be about to complete) a PhD in physics, chemistry, materials science, engineering or a related area. The successful candidate will have research experience research experience in the materials and charge transport physics of organic semiconductors, metal organic frameworks, two-dimensional materials or perovskite semiconductors is highly desirable.

The position is available from June 2022.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available until 30 April 2023 in the first instance.

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Enquiries should be sent to the Kapitza Hub (kapitza.hr@phy.cam.ac.uk)

Please quote reference KA31237 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society.

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

Research Assistant/Associate role in Photophysics (Fixed Term)

Fri, 06/05/2022 - 00:00

Applications are invited for a post-doctoral position to work on a project to explore the electronic and optical properties of radical (spin ¿)-based organic semiconductors, supported by the European Research Council.

The successful candidate will join the Department of Physics, working under the supervision of Prof. Sir Richard Friend, working closely with Dr Akshay Rao in the Department of Physics and Dr Hugo Bronstein in the Department of Chemistry. One of the leading academic groups in the field of organic and hybrid electronics, our research programme is built on a broad scientific approach aiming to understand the electronic properties of novel semiconductors, but also aiming to understand in-depth the physical processes that govern the performance of organic, nanocrystal and hybrid organic-nanocrystal electronic devices, such as light emitting diodes and photovoltaics.

We have recently reported efficient light-emitting diodes using radical (spin ¿)-based organic semiconductor for emission. These materials operate entirely within the spin-doublet manifold, avoiding non-emissive spin configurations based on spin-triplets that compromise the operation of conventional organic LEDs and solar cells. This opens a new domain for the operation and design of organic semiconductors materials and devices, one that is radically different from what has been possible till now. This project will explore and develop the fundamental electronic and optical properties of this new class of radical-based organic semiconductor materials (ROSCs) and harness them to develop new possibilities for optoelectronic and spintronic devices.

The ideal candidate should have a PhD in Chemistry, Physics or a related area, and a strong background in the semiconductor device physics of organic semiconductors. A strong track record of high-quality research and an excellent publication record publication are essential. The ability to work well in a team will be crucial as projects will be highly collaborative, involving universities and industrial partners around the world. Experience with device fabrication, characterisation and modelling is desirable. The position will available to start from June 2022.

Appointment to this Research Associate position is dependent on having a PhD (or equivalent experience), including those who have submitted but not yet received their PhD (in which case appointment will initially be made at Research Assistant (Grade 5) and amended to Research Associate (Grade 7) when the PhD is awarded). The Research Associate (grade 7) salary falls within the range £33,309 to £40,927, whilst the Research Assistant (grade 5) salary falls within the range £27,116 to £31,406.

Please ensure that you upload your Curriculum Vitae (CV) a covering letter, and a list of publications in the Upload section of the online application.

Fixed-term: The position is available from 01/06/2022, or as soon as possible thereafter. The funds for this post are available for 18 months in the first instance.

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Informal inquires can be addressed via email to Professor Richard Friend (rhf10@cam.ac.uk) https://www.phy.cam.ac.uk/directory/friendr. Please include a curriculum vitae while doing so.

Please quote reference KA31232 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society.

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

Senior Project Biologist (Fixed Term)

Wed, 04/05/2022 - 00:00

The School of Biological Sciences and Isaac Physics project are looking for a biologist/biochemist who is passionate about teaching and widening participation at university to join the Isaac team. The role holder will work as part of the Isaac team of physicists, mathematicians and chemists, to support students nationally in raising their attainment and applications to research intensive universities. This is to be achieved through a weekly programme of work and tutorials in our STEM SMART programme (https://www.undergraduate.study.cam.ac.uk/stem-smart) which will develop a deeper understanding of biology and mathematical biology through problem solving.

As the project biologist, the role holder will act as the lead for the production, quality assurance and delivery of online and print resources. Some source materials will be provided as a starting point and catalyst. They will take responsibility for deciding which topics within the school biology curriculum are fundamental to future university study in biology. They will be required to deliver online tutorials to both large (~500) and small groups (10) of students as well as prepare and deliver in person lectures, if and when government and university guidelines permit.

It is essential that candidates have a post-graduate degree in biology or biochemistry (ideally PhD) and experience of teaching at first year university level. They will also ideally have taught students at pre-18 (A level or equivalent) or have detailed knowledge of the school curriculum and its content. It is vital that the role-holder has an excellent eye for detail and accuracy but can also deliver to tight timescales and efficiently. Successful candidates will have excellent IT skills with significant experience of working with LaTeX, html, drawing packages such as Inkscape and video packages such as Camtasia.

The role is full-time and the role-holder will ideally be in post by the 27th June 2022.

We are open to job sharing for this role, for example, two people working 0.5 FTE.

The timescale for delivery of biology content for this project is for draft materials to be online and in print by 1st Sept 2022 with quality assurance and material live by 1st January 2023. The length of the contract is one year in the first instance with a potential extension to 2 years (subject to funding and success of the pilot year).

Interviews will take place in w/c 23 May 2022.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 1 years in the first instance.

Once an offer of employment has been accepted, the successful candidate will be required to undergo a standard Disclosure and Barring Service check.

Click the 'Apply' button below to register an account with our recruitment system (if you have not already) and apply online.

Enquiries are welcome and should be sent to hr@phy.cam.ac.uk

Please quote reference KA30936 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society.

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

HR Co-ordinator

Fri, 29/04/2022 - 00:00

The Rutherford Hub, within the Department of Physics, is seeking to appoint a highly motivated individual to provide a comprehensive HR support delivering a pro-active and responsive service to academic and research staff, graduate students and visitors. This is an exciting and challenging time for the Department and we would like individuals with a positive attitude towards change and development to join our small and friendly team.

To perform this role effectively you will join us with experience of working administratively in an HR area and the ability to demonstrate both factual and theoretical knowledge of HR administration, including working with multiple processes and to tight regulations. You will have excellent communication, interpersonal and organizational skills to be able to manage good working relationships with a wide variety of people from all over the world and have the ability to communicate verbally and in writing to a high standard. As well as excellent organisational skills, you will have the ability to work under pressure and prioritise workloads to meet multiple deadlines. You will be educated to HND/ HNC level, level 4/ 5 vocational qualification or an equivalent level of practical experience

The ideal candidate will be self-motivated, reliable, used to dealing with highly confidential information and able to work quickly, methodically and accurately demonstrating good attention to detail. Knowledge of using HR database systems is essential and experience of working in a science or higher education environment would be a distinct advantage albeit, an ability to work independently and to take initiative is more important.

Once an offer of employment has been accepted, the successful candidate will be required to undergo a health assessment.

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Enquiries are welcome and should be sent to hr@phy.cam.ac.uk

Please quote reference KA28768 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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

Associate-Experimental Astrophysics on Exoplanets (Fixed Term)

Wed, 20/04/2022 - 00:00

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 12 months in the first instance.

Once an offer of employment has been accepted, the successful candidate will be required to undergo a health assessment.

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Informal enquiries are welcomed and should be directed to: Didier Queloz Email: dq212@cam.ac.uk

If you have any queries regarding the application process please contact the Rutherford HR at Rutherford.HR@phy.cam.ac.uk

The closing date for applications is: 4th May 2022

The interview date for the role is: TBC

Please quote reference KA30926 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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Scientific Program Manager for The Leverhulme Centre for Life in the Universe (Fixed Term)

Wed, 13/04/2022 - 00:00

The Leverhulme Centre for Life in the Universe (LCLU), based at the University of Cambridge, is looking for a Scientific Program Manager responsible for the Hub operations of the centre and the management of scientific program, including selection, financial tracking and reporting. The program manager will coordinate academic and social activities of the Centre, organise reporting of outputs and activities to the sponsor, and assist Directors Professor Didier Queloz and Prof Nicholas Tosca.

The Leverhulme Centre for Life in the Universe is a unique initiative supported by Leverhulme Trust Board with a research grant to the University of Cambridge, bringing together world-leading research groups in each cognate discipline to address the big questions of life's origins and ubiquity.

The successful candidate is expected to be familiar with general project management and to have extensive experience of a similar role in an academic environment. Experience in initiating and conducting research projects is desirable. The successful candidate should be capable of planning, organising and prioritising project-related tasks to meet short-term and long-term objectives.

The candidate should possess excellent oral and written communication and interpersonal skills and is expected to communicate regularly with members of the Centre within Cambridge and internationally, as well as with members of the public. To that end, the candidate should ideally have experience with overseeing the development of audio-visual projects to communicate the activities of the Centre across various social media platforms.

The successful candidate will also have the opportunity to develop a personal research program relevant with the objectives of the centre up to 20% of their time.

The Leverhulme Centre for Life in the Universe is a unique initiative supported by Leverhulme Trust Board with a research grant to the University of Cambridge, bringing together world-leading research groups in each cognate discipline to address the big questions of life's origins and ubiquity.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 24 months in the first instance.

Once an offer of employment has been accepted, the successful candidate will be required to undergo an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check.

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Informal enquiries are welcomed and should be directed to: Professor Didier Queloz: dq212@cam.ac.uk

If you have any queries regarding the application process please contact hr@phy.cam.ac.uk

Please quote reference KA28231 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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Research Assistant/Associate in Applied Machine Learning (Fixed Term)

Tue, 12/04/2022 - 00:00

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 12 months in the first instance.

The role is funded by the "Unleash machine learning for materials discovery" programme. The project will develop a new form of federated machine learning that, merges separate machine learning models, before applying the methodology to collaborator's data. The research will be hosted in Dr Conduit's group within the Department of Physics which has a track record of developing machine learning tools, designing experimentally verified materials leading to six patents and many peer-reviewed papers. The approach has been commercialized by Intellegens as the product Alchemite Analytics for use in materials, industrial chemicals and pharmaceuticals. This project will continue the development of new approaches to federated learning, that offers significant practical advantages including the ability to merge not only machine learning models with different architectures, but also computational methods and analytical formulae. The machine learning models can be trained in parallel, readily withdrawn from the merged model and value ascribed to each model's contribution.

The applicant will be required to work with experimental collaborators across multiple science disciplines to demonstrate the method's benefits and develop case studies leading to peer-reviewed publications. The studies may highlight limitations of federated learning approaches, which will motivate the post holder to pursue and test further algorithmic developments.

The successful candidate will hold (or be close to obtaining) a PhD in physical sciences, computer sciences or a closely related discipline. They should be able to pursue scientific investigation from conception to publication stages, with research experience in physical sciences or machine learning. The candidate should have proven organisational, communication and team working skills, be able to manage their own workload and continually update knowledge in the specialist area.

The post holder will be located at the Department of Physics, Cavendish Laboratory, JJ Thomson Avenue, Cambridge, CB3 0HE, UK.

Salary Range: Research Assistant (Grade 5) £27,116 to £31,406. Research Associate (Grade 7) £33,309 to £40,927.

Appointment at Research Associate is dependent on having a PhD including those who have submitted but not yet received their PhD (in which case appointment will initially be made at Research Assistant and amended to Research Associate when the PhD is awarded).

The closing date for applications is 11th May 2022.

To apply for this vacancy, please click on the 'Apply' button below, which takes you to the University's Web Recruitment System, where you will need to register an account and log in before completing the online application form.

Please ensure that you upload the following in the upload section of the online application: CV; Covering letter and two named referees.

If you upload any documents that have not been requested, we will not be able to consider these as part of your application. Please submit your application by midnight on the closing date.

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If you have any questions about this vacancy please contact Dr Gareth Conduit (gjc29@cam.ac.uk). If you have any questions about the application process, please contact Mott Hub HR Administrator (mott.hub@phy.cam.ac.uk).

Please quote reference KA30913 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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Hub General and Finance Administrator (Fixed Term)

Tue, 12/04/2022 - 00:00

Are you seeking an exciting opportunity in which to develop your administrative career in a world-leading academic department and University?

The Department of Physics is seeking a motivated individual to provide support in an administrative Hub office, delivering a pro-active and responsive service to academic and research staff, graduate students and visitors. You will provide wide-ranging administrative support to the Hub Administrator, Finance Administrator and HR Administrator.

You will have GCSE level grades A-C or equivalent / NVQ Level 2 or equivalent level of practical experience. Previous experience working in an office environment would be advantageous, but is not essential as full training will be provided. You will have excellent general organisational and administrative skills, with the ability to deal with a wide-range of duties.

It is vital that you possess excellent inter-personal skills to be able to work well with your Hub team and manage good working relationships with a wide variety of people from all over the world.

This is a full-time, permanent position with anticipated working hours of 9am ¿ 5.30pm.

As well as developments in its administration, the Department is looking forward to further major developments, including planning for a state-of-the-art, multi-million pound new building within the next five years.

This is an exciting and challenging time for the Department and we would like individuals with a positive attitude towards change and development to join us.

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

Once an offer of employment has been accepted, the successful candidate will be required to undergo a health assessment.

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Informal enquiries are welcomed and should be directed to: hr@phy.cam.ac.uk

Please quote reference KA29349 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society.

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