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Stephen Hawking from the University of Cambridge, one of the world's leading theoretical physicists, is seeking a graduate student to assist him.
updated 9/7/2006 5:38:39 PM ET 2006-09-07T21:38:39

Wanted: bright graduate student to assist world-famous scientist. International travel, developing computer systems and dealing with the press required. Renowned astrophysicist and best-selling author Stephen Hawking has announced he is looking for a graduate student to work for him one to two years.

The mathematics professor at the University of Cambridge has done groundbreaking work on black holes and the origins of the universe, making him one of the best-known theoretical physicists of his generation.

The candidate can earn about $44,300 and would likely join Hawking his many travels abroad, according to a job posting on the university's Web site.

Planning lectures, maintaining computer, answering public inquiries and helping with scientific papers are a few of the responsibilities.

One purpose of the job was to aid the professor in areas which he has difficulty due to his disability, the posting said.

The ailing 64-year-old scientist uses a wheelchair and communicates with the help of a computer.

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