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Handyman wanted for Stephen Hawking's wheelchair

By Steve Connor

Wanted: a computer-literate graduate who can maintain the wheelchair of the world's most famous living physicist. Academics need not apply.

Professor Stephen Hawking, who has a motor neurone disease, is looking for an assistant to maintain his custom-built wheelchair and the voice synthesiser through which he speaks.

The successful applicant will be paid a salary of about £25,000 a year and should be a graduate with practical ability.

Although Professor Hawking is looking for a university graduate and the job is funded by the University of Cambridge as a research post, he makes it clear that he does not want a theoretical physics researcher.

"The post is more accurately described as 'technical assistant to Stephen Hawking'. It is NOT a PhD or Post-Doc position," says the advert on his website.

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