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STFC Research Fellow

Theory Group

Location:  Highfield Campus
Salary:   £33,314 to £40,931
Full Time Fixed Term (3 years)
Closing Date:  Wednesday 22 February 2023
Reference:  2145123WF

You will join the High Energy Physics Group in the School of Physics and Astronomy to work on our broad research programme in quantum field theory and string theory and gravity. Funded by the Science and Technology Funding Council (STFC) the research will be across our programme, including for example research in amplitudes, conformal field theories, all aspects of holographic dualities, supergravity, black holes, integrable systems, renormalisation group and other mathematical aspects of quantum field theory and gravity.
 Our Southampton Theory, Astronomy and Gravitation (STAG) research centre bridges the Departments of Physics and Mathematics. 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 include: Prof. Nick Evans, Prof. James Drummond, Dr. Omer Gurdogan, Prof. Tim Morris and Dr. Andy O'Bannon in Physics as well as Prof. Marika Taylor, Prof. Kostas Skenderis, Prof. Oscar Dias, Dr. Ines Aniceto, Dr. Felix Haehl, Dr. Carlos Mafra, Dr. Andreas Schmitt, Dr. David Turton, Dr. Ben Withers and Dr. Itamar Yaakov in Mathematical Sciences. Furthermore, the Gravity Group in Mathematical Sciences works closely with the String Theory Group and studies gravitational waves, neutron stars and black holes.
 To be successful you will have a track record of research in some of amplitudes, conformal field theories, all aspects of holographic dualities, supergravity, black holes, integrable systems, renormalisation group or other mathematical aspects of quantum field theory and gravity. They will contribute to the development of the research group.  It is essential you have a PhD* (or within six months of completion) in Mathematics, Physics, or a related discipline, or equivalent professional qualifications and experience.
 The School of Physics and Astronomy is committed to promoting equality and diversity and holds an Athena SWAN Silver 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. The University of Southampton is committed to sustainability and being a globally responsible university and has been awarded the Platinum EcoAward.

It is anticipated the position will commence in September 2023.

*Applicants for Research Fellow positions will be 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 will be Senior Research Assistant.

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 Sam Stubbs (Recruitment Team) on +44 (0) 2380 592750 or email  Please quote reference 2145123WF on all correspondence. 

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