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Kavli Institute for Cosmology, Cambridge

  • DEPARTMENT/LOCATION: Kavli Institute for Cosmology (West Cambridge Site)
  • SALARY: £39,992-£50,618
  • REFERENCE: LG16636
  • CATEGORY: Research
  • PUBLISHED: 30 August 2018
  • 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 apply online for this vacancy, please click here. This will route you to the University's Web Recruitment System, where you will need to register an account (if you have not already) and log in before completing the online application form.

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.

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