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Herchel Smith Postdoctoral Research Fellows - Geophysics and Biophysics (Fixed Term)

The Managers of the Herchel Smith Postdoctoral Research Fellowships Fund invite applications for up to two Fellowships which would be held in Departments in the School of the Physical Sciences (SPS) at the University of Cambridge from 1 October 2018 (or otherwise by negotiation). Fellows are required to pursue their research on a full-time basis in Cambridge. Fellowships are available for between two and three years and provide an opportunity for independent research, although the holders will usually work in close collaboration with established research groups in one of the Departments in the School. Fellows are required to pursue their research on a full-time basis in Cambridge.

We welcome applications from researchers in the broad fields of either geophysics or biophysics. The Fellowships are tenable for between two and three years.

The Fellowship stipend will be on the University's Postdoctoral Research Associate scale, currently between £31,604-£38,833 per annum, with an annual research allowance of up to £15,000.

In accordance with Dr Smith's will, candidature is limited to candidates who have obtained their PhD degree, or equivalent, within the last three years at any university but normally excluding Cambridge and Harvard. Fellowships can only be offered to those with less than three years of postdoctoral experience by the time the award is taken up.

All applications, including required documents and references will need to be submitted online through the University's recruitment system. Any submitted application that does not include ALL of the following content required below will not be considered for the Fellowship: 1. Department support letter: Each candidate is required to submit a letter from a SPS Department in Cambridge that outlines their willingness to host and support the candidate's research during the Fellowship. Candidates are advised to contact the relevant Department and / or principal investigator(s) directly prior to submission. 2. Research project summary: One page summary of your proposed project, including the name of the SPS Department which you hope to join. 3. Research project description: A detailed description (maximum of 4 pages) of the proposed project. You are advised to consult the relevant Department and / or other resources to ensure that your proposal is appropriately related to the group which you hope to join. 4. Curriculum vitae: Maximum of 3 pages outlining academic career, qualifications and full list of publications to date; Please include hyperlinks of 3 best publications (not full copies). 5. References: 3 completed references will be required by 12 January 2018. Please ensure that selected referees are fully contactable throughout the process. Upon submission of your application, referees will be directly contacted to request that they upload a reference for you on the University's online recruitment system.

More information about the School of Physical Sciences and its Departments can be found on the School's website:

Successful candidates will be contacted by 28 February 2018.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for a maximum of 3 years.

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.

For discipline-related queries, please contact the relevant Head of Department or principal investigator directly. Other enquiries can be directed to Dr Andy Buckley

Please quote reference LB13613 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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