Kavli Institute Senior Fellow in Gravitational Waves, Cambridge, UK

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Deadline:  2023-10-16

Location:  Cambridge, UK

The Kavli Institute for Cosmology, Cambridge, is offering one Kavli Institute Senior Fellowship in Gravitational Waves. The Senior Fellow will actively interface and foster collaboration between the three departments associated with the Kavli Institute and which conduct research activities related to gravitational wave (GW) theory and astronomy – the Institute of Astronomy, Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics and the Department of Physics.

Specific research areas of interest 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 dark-matter candidates and 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 build an independent research program but will have many opportunities for collaborative work. They will be expected to prepare or contribute to proposals to secure research resources (for example access to high-performance computing). The Senior Fellow will disseminate their research findings through publications and presentations and contribute to the Institute’s public-engagement activities. They will have opportunities to assist with the supervision of graduate students. Applicants must have excellent communication and computing skills.

Salary will be on the Senior Research Associate scale (grade 9, from GBP 45,585 to GBP 57,696). A research allowance of GBP 10,000 per annum will be provided. A generous relocation package will also be provided.

The University of Cambridge thrives on the diversity of its staff and students. Applications from under-represented groups are particularly welcome. The University has several family-friendly policies and initiatives, including a returning-carer scheme, childcare costs support, University workplace nurseries, University holiday play-schemes, and a shared parental-leave policy. As part of its commitment to providing a family-friendly environment for researchers, the Kavli Institute ensures that should parental leave be needed during the course of employment, there is provision for extension to contract to compensate for the parental leave taken.

Applications will be reviewed after the closing date and short-listed candidates will be interviewed in December 2023.

Appointees shall ideally start in October 2024, but alternative starting dates can be arranged with some flexibility.

Fixed-term: Fellows will be appointed for three years in the first instance, with the possibility of extending the term for two additional years (depending on funding).