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Research Fellow

Applied Mathematics & Theoretical Physics

Location:  Highfield Campus
Salary:   £30,942 to £38,017 per annum
Full Time Fixed Term (24 months)
Closing Date:  Wednesday 12 February 2020
Interview Date:   Monday 02 March 2020
Reference:  1225720PJ

The Southampton Theory, Astronomy and Gravitation (STAG) research centre, which spans Physics and Mathematical Sciences, invites applications for a postdoctoral research position in quantum field theory, gravity, string theory and holography, starting from 1st October 2020.

The successful applicant will join the theoretical particle physics and string theory groups within the STAG research centre. Members of STAG working at the interface between quantum field theory and gravitation include Professor Marika Taylor, Professor Kostas Skenderis, Dr Ines Aniceto, Dr Oscar Dias, Dr Carlos Mafra and Dr Ben Withers in Mathematical Sciences, and Professor Tim Morris, Professor Nick Evans, Dr Andy O’Bannon, Dr James Drummond and Dr Masanori Hanada in Physics. The successful applicants will have a track record of research in the development and applications of quantum field theory, string theory and holography, and will contribute to the development of the research group.

The successful applicant should have a PhD* (or close to completing a PhD) in Mathematics, Physics or a related discipline, or equivalent research experience. 

The remaining research interests of the theoretical particle physics group in Physics include LHC phenomenology, physics beyond the standard model, cosmology, neutrino physics, exact renormalization group, and lattice QCD. The gravity group in Mathematical Sciences works closely with the string group and studies gravitational waves, neutron stars and black holes.

This post is STFC funded and there is a possibility for extension to a third year, subject to review at the end of the first year of the post.

The School of Mathematical Sciences is committed to promoting equality and diversity, and holds an Athena SWAN Bronze award demonstrating this commitment. We welcome applicants from all sections of the community, regardless of gender, ethnicity, disability or sexual orientation, and will give due consideration to applicants seeking flexible working patterns and to those who have taken a career break. The University has a generous maternity policy and onsite childcare facilities, and offers a range of benefits designed to help maintain and support employees' well-being and work-life balance.

*Applications for Research Fellow positions will be considered from candidates who are working towards or nearing completion of a relevant PhD qualification.  The title of Research Fellow will be applied upon successful completion of their PhD.  Prior to the qualification being awarded the title of Senior Research Assistant will be given.

Application Procedure: 

You should submit your completed application form online at The application deadline will be midnight on the closing date stated above. References are requested along with your application, so please allow time for these to be received prior to the close date, to assist the department with shortlisting. If you need any assistance, please call Steff Palmer (Recruitment Team) on +44 (0) 23 8059 4560. Please quote vacancy reference number 1225720PJ on all correspondence.

The closing date for this job opportunity has now passed, and applications are no longer being accepted for this position

Further details:

We aim to be an equal opportunities employer and welcome applications from all sections of the community. Please note that applications from agencies will not be accepted unless indicated in the job advert.

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