Research Facilitator – Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics

Salary: £35,550-£47,722 p.a.

Applications are invited for the position of Research Facilitator. The scope of the role is to work with the academics across the Faculty of Mathematics, mainly those in the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics (DAMTP) but also those in Pure Mathematics and Mathematical Statistics.
The remit of Research Facilitation is to support and develop the research strategy in DAMTP by increasing the number and quality of research grant applications and reducing the administrative burden associated with the initiation and continuation of funded research projects, as well as contributing to departmental responses to external initiatives and assessment activities.

The successful candidate will have a postgraduate degree in mathematics or related scientific subject. Experience of undertaking research in an academic or industrial setting, combined with a track record of planning and delivering scientific workshops, seminars and networking activities and experience of project management as well as experience of drafting and negotiating agreements and costing would also be desirable.  For the right candidate, the opportunity may be made available to allow them to pursue their own personal research, as part of the Faculty’s overall research programme.

The role holder will be expected to build and sustain relationships with all the research groups and academics represented in the Departments in order to understand their strategic priorities whilst concurrently looking for funding opportunities that would meet these needs.  The role holder will provide a service to all academic staff, providing high quality support to individuals developing research applications of a superior standard, meeting all the requirements of the funding authority, getting the relevant information and permissions from those in the Department and ensuring that a fully costed proposal is put forward.  The role holder will be expected to liaise with both Heads of Department and both the School and Unified Administrative Service (UAS), to ensure that the Research portfolio reflects the strategic priorities set out by the Department and support the aim of maintaining and growing grant income.

You will be expected to be pro-active and able both to prioritise and work to deadlines. You must also be able to work well independently and in a team and have a positive, proactive approach to effectively plan and coordinate events, workshops and seminars. You will have strong inter-personal and communications skills, in order to build internal and external working relationships and networks.

Informal inquiries can be made by contacting

To apply online for this vacancy and to view further information about the role, please visit: This will take you to the role on the University’s Job Opportunities pages. There you will need to click on the ‘Apply online’ button and register an account with the University’s Web Recruitment System (if you have not already) and log in before completing the online application form.

You will need to upload a full curriculum vitae and a letter of application outlining your suitability for the position and any research interests you may have. You should also include the contact details of three referees.  Please ensure that at least two of your referees are contactable at any time during the selection process, and are made aware that they will be contacted by the Mathematics HR Office Administrator to request that they upload a reference for you to our Web Recruitment System; and please encourage them to do so promptly.

Limit of tenure: The funds for this post are available for 3 years in the first instance.

Closing Date: 28th October 2017

The University of Cambridge values diversity and is committed to equality of opportunity. The Department would particularly welcome applications from women, since women are, and have historically been, underrepresented on our staff.

The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK.

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