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Deadline: 2019-12-11
Location: Cambridge, UK

Postdoc positions in Relativity and Gravitation at the University of Cambridge, UK

Applications are invited for up to three Postdoctoral Research Associate positions in the Relativity and Gravitation Group and the Centre for Theoretical Cosmology within Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics. Up to three positions may be offered, depending on the availability of funding, for up to three years. The theoretical and computational projects of direct relevance for these posts include: advancing observational tests of inflationary predictions from large-scale structure and the CMB, especially higher-order correlators and their estimation; studying cosmological correlators generated in the primordial universe, the general rules and symmetries they must obey; developing methods for testing General Relativity using gravitational waves with a focus on using effective field theory to describe possible deviations from GR; modelling of compact binary systems involving scalar and vector fields with the goal of identifying gravitational wave signatures that distinguish these from vacuum black-hole binaries.

The successful candidates will work with academic staff (Barrow, Challinor, Dafermos, Davis, Fergusson, Gibbons, Pajer, Reall, Santos, Shellard, Sherwin and Sperhake) and research staff. There are close links with the HEP group in DAMTP and the Kavli Institute for Cosmology.

The positions are expected to be available from 1 April 2020, but the start date is flexible and can be delayed until October 2020. Applicants should have, or be about to obtain, a PhD in a relevant area of theoretical physics, and have an established track record of original research and experience of working in collaboration.