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Location: Cambridge, UK

Postdoctoral position in Cosmology at Cambridge, UK

University of Cambridge
Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics

Postdoctoral Research Associate
1 appointment

Grade 7: 27,578 – 35,938 GBP per annum

We invite applications for a postdoctoral research associate to join the Cambridge-Oxford collaboration “Establishing the Philosophy of Cosmology.” The successful candidate will undertake research in the group’s target areas such as
– The issue of probability measures, including potential uses of anthropic reasoning
– Space-time structure, both at very large and very small scales
– The cosmological constant problem and other examples of ‘fine-tuning’
– Entropy, time and complexity in understanding the arrow(s) of time
– Symmetries, invariants and their role in describing the Universe as a whole.
Applicants with foundational interests outside these areas will also be considered.
The appointment is for 20 months commencing in January 2013 and is based in the Relativity and Gravitation research group, within the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics. A parallel position will be created at the University of Oxford over the same period and applicants to Cambridge will also be considered for the Oxford post which has a similar job description.
The successful candidate will have or be about to receive a PhD in a relevant area of philosophy and/or cosmology-related physics and should have a demonstrated capacity for independent work and be capable of initiating research in a lively group. The candidate will be expected to assist with some of the project’s activities.
Salary will be within the range 27,578-35,938 GBP p.a. depending on qualifications and experience. A benefits package and a research budget for travel and other expenses will be provided.

Applications for this vacancy are to be made online at http://www.damtp.cam.ac.uk/research/postapp/help.html. Further details, including a job description and selection criteria can be found on the above website.
Further enquiries can be directed to: ctc[AT]damtp.cam.ac.uk.

The deadline for applications is 18 April 2012. Applicants will be required to upload a completed CHRIS 6 application form, a statement of research interests, curriculum vitae, and list of publications, and the names and addresses of three referees as part of their online application. In addition, candidates should arrange for the three letters of reference to be sent to the group secretary, Lee Macdonald, at ctc[AT]damtp.cam.ac.uk by the closing date. Applications are acknowledged but not referee letters.