STEPHEN HAWKING, THE Cambridge theoretical physicist, is looking for an assistant who can deal with the media, look after his wheelchairs, and work under pressure.
The £25,000 role (just under €30,000 per year) is for a technical assistant who can help the academic carry out his work in the physics community and as a public speaker.
The job has been advertised on Hawking’s official website.
The ad has a photograph of his wheelchair and asks: ‘Could you maintain this?’
The candidate will have to have good practical skills as the job involves maintenance work on Hawking’s communication systems and wheelchairs, as well as looking after his website and helping to prepare lecture graphics.
The job also involves around 3 months abroad each year.
Hawking is known for his pioneering work on black holes and his popular books on cosmology.
The academic, who was the Lucasian Professor of Mathematics at the University of Cambridge from 1979 before he retired in 2009, has amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and is almost completely paralysed.
He currently heads the research team at the Centre for Theoretical Cosmology at Cambridge.
(Screengrab via Hawking.org.uk)
(Additional reporting by AP)