Herchel Smith Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in Pure Mathematics – Cambridge



Department of Pure Mathematics and Mathematical Statistics

Herchel Smith Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in Pure Mathematics

Salary: £29,301 to £38,183 pa

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

Closing date: 15 December 2016

The Managers of the Herchel Smith Postdoctoral Research Fellowships Fund invite applications for a Postdoctoral Research Fellowship to pursue research within the general field of Pure Mathematics.  Fellows are required to pursue their research on a full-time basis in Cambridge.

The Fellowship is intended to enable an outstanding and highly motivated scholar who has demonstrated a capacity for individual research to focus exclusively on research at an early stage in his/her career, to develop academic potential, and to produce work of an international standard within the field.

The Fellowship is to be held from 1 October 2017 or otherwise by negotiation. The Fellowship is available for up to three years and provides an opportunity for independent research, although the holder will usually work in close collaboration with an established research group.

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 postdoctoral experience by the time the Fellowship is taken up.  In addition to holding a PhD or equivalent, candidates should provide evidence of: outstanding academic excellence; a high quality and original research proposal; and evidence of their capabilities as an independent researcher.

The stipend will be on the University’s Postdoctoral Research Associate scale, currently between £29,301 to £38,183 per annum, with an annual research allowance of £15,000.

For instructions on how to apply please go to the Cambridge University Job Opportunities pages at .  This will route you to the University’s Web Recruitment System, where you will need to register and log on before completing the online application form.

For information about the Department of Pure Maths and Mathematical Statistics, please see For discipline-related queries, please contact the Head of Department, Professor Gabriel Paternain (email:

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

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



Closing date for applications: 15 December 2016

Please quote reference LF10537.

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