View All Vacancies

Research Fellow in Theoretical Physics

School of Physics & Astronomy

Location:  Highfield Campus
Salary:   £30,942 to £38,017 per annum
Full Time Fixed Term (until 01/10/2022)
Closing Date:  Sunday 16 February 2020
Interview Date:   To be confirmed
Reference:  1229020WF

The Southampton Theory, Astronomy and Gravitation (STAG) research centre, which bridges the Departments of Physics and Mathematics, invites you to join our research group in quantum field theory (QFT), string theory, and holography. The position is available from 1st October 2020, but an alternative start date can be negotiated.

The STAG research Centre provides a stimulating and collegial environment for research collaborations, and you will be encouraged and enabled to collaborate with our groups in theoretical particle physics and string theory. Members of STAG working on QFT, string theory, holography, and their overlap include in the Mathematics department Marika Taylor, Kostas Skenderis, Ines Aniceto, Oscar Dias, Carlos Mafra, David Turton, Andreas Schmitt and Ben Withers, and in the Physics department Tim Morris, Nick Evans, James Drummond, Masanori Hanada, and Andy O’Bannon.

Beyond QFT, string theory, and holography, the Mathematics department also has research groups focused on applications of General Relativity to astrophysics, including gravitational waves, neutron stars, and black holes, and the Physics department has research focused on theoretical particle physics, including LHC phenomenology, physics beyond the standard model, cosmology, neutrino physics, the exact renormalization group, and lattice QCD.

You will hold a PhD* in a subject related to QFT, string theory, and/or holography, or expect to submit a PhD thesis before taking up the position. it is essential you have a track record of research in the development and applications of QFT, string theory, and/or holography, and will contribute to the development of the STAG research group.

The post is an STFC-funded research fellow position for two years, subject to review at the end of the first year, with the possibility for a one-year extension (2+1 years).

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion is central to the ethos in Physics and Astronomy. We are strongly committed to diversity in both the academic and student population, and in recognition we were awarded an Athena SWAN Silver award in 2018 and the Institute of Physics Project Juno Champion status in 2019. Physics and Astronomy gives full consideration to applicants that wish to work flexibly, including part-time, and due consideration will be given to applicants who have taken a career break. The University has a generous maternity policy*, and onsite childcare facilities. For further information please visit

The University of Southampton is in the top 1% of world universities and in the top 10 of the UK’s research-intensive universities. The University of Southampton is committed to sustainability and being a globally responsible university and has recently been awarded the Platinum EcoAward.  Our vision is to embed the principles of sustainability into all aspects of our individual and collective work, integrating sustainable development into our business planning, policy-making, and professional activities.

*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.

*subject to qualifying criteria

Application Procedure: 

You should submit your completed online application form at The application deadline will be midnight on the closing date stated above. If you need any assistance, please call Daniel Ward (Recruitment Team) on +44 (0) 23 8059 7749. Please quote reference 1229020WF 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.

Login to your account


Forgotten your password?

Register for an account

Mindful Employer Disability Confident Leader HR Excellence In Research Stonewall Diversity Champion Athena Swan Silver Award - University of Southampton Committed to being an Inclusive Employer Technician Commitment