Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 5 years in the first instance.
In a new collaborative initiative within Cambridge University, the three departments conducting research activities related to ‘Exoplanets and life in the Universe’, the Cavendish Laboratory, Institute of Astronomy (IoA) and Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics (DAMTP), together with the Kavli Institute for Cosmology, are offering a senior Fellowship in Exoplanets.
The Kavli Institute Fellowship in Exoplanets will be for five years and is expected to become available from October 2015. Applicants must have a PhD in Astronomy or a related field and will normally be expected to have several years of postdoctoral experience by the start date of the fellowship. A proven track record of independent research relevant to the research themes conducted on exoplanets in Cambridge is expected. The fellowship is targeted at researchers (observers, instrumentalists or theorists) who have the potential to become leaders in their fields. The successful applicant will be expected to conduct a programme of independent scientific research, prepare proposals to secure research resources (for example, experiment development, access to high performance computing, large telescopes, or other international facilities), write scientific articles for publication in peer reviewed journals and contribute to the supervision of graduate students, outreach and other teaching duties. Applicants must have excellent communication and computing skills.
Salary will be on the same scale as University Lecturers, within the range £38,511 – £48,743 pa. depending on experience plus superannuation benefit. A research allowance of £8,000 pa will be provided.
The post holder will have the choice to be located at any of the three departments carrying out exoplanet research as listed above (located in West Cambridge) but will be encouraged to interact with researchers in all three departments. Research programmes that complement the work undertaken in more than one department are particularly welcomed (see http://exoplanets.mrao.cam.ac.uk for current activities).
Further information on Cambridge exoplanet research and the Fellowship can be obtained from the further particulars or from Professor Didier Queloz email dq212(at)cam.ac.uk.
Further benefits of University employment are outlined at http://www.admin.cam.ac.uk/offices/hr/staff/benefits/index.html
To apply online for this vacancy, please click on the ‘Apply’ button below. 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), cover letter, publications list and research statement in the upload section of the online application. If you upload any additional documents which 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 of Monday, 8th December 2014. If you have any queries about your application, please email kavlifel(at)ast.cam.ac.uk
Please quote reference LG04473 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.
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