Research Associate

Imperial College London - Theoretical Physics Group, Department of Physics

Research Associate (up to 3 positions)

South Kensington Campus

Salary Range: £36,070 - £43,350 per annum*

Fixed Term for: 24 Months

Starting Date: No later than October 1 2017

Applications are invited for up to three Research Associate (RA) positions in the Theoretical Physics Group of the Department of Physics at Imperial College London. Appointments will be for two years, but there is a possibility of an extensions depending on future funding. The position is funded primarily by an ERC Advanced Grant titled “Gravity, black holes and strongly coupled matter”. The RA will work with Professor Jerome Gauntlett and will also interact with other members of the Theory Group.

The successful candidate must have a PhD degree in Theoretical Physics (either awarded or anticipated) or an equivalent level of professional qualifications and experience.

Essential criteria include outstanding research experience in gauge-gravity duality, black holes, string theory, quantum field theory and/or related topics. You will have experience in carrying out research of high quality, independently and in a team, with evidence provided by publications of high quality. It is also desirable that the successful candidate has experience in using the AdS/CFT correspondence to study topics related to condensed matter systems and/or the quark gluon plasma. Candidates currently working primarily in condensed matter with a strong theoretical background will also be considered.

The successful candidate will be expected to help produce independent and original research within the Theoretical Physics group and submit publications to refereed journals and help with teaching and administration of small research groups. The candidate will be expected to observe and comply with all College policies and regulations, including the key policies and procedures on Confidentiality, Conflict of Interest, Data Protection, Equal Opportunities, Financial Regulations, Health and Safety, Imperial Expectations (for new leaders, managers and supervisors), Information Technology, Private Engagements and Register of Interests and Smoking.

For additional information regarding details of the position please contact: Prof. Jerome Gauntlett, Email:

Applications can be made online via our website (please select "Job Search" then enter the job title or vacancy reference number NS2016233KL into "Keywords"). Please complete and upload an application form as directed, also providing a CV (including list of publications), a cover letter and arrange for at least three letters of recommendation to be sent via email to

Should you have any queries regarding the application process, please contact Ms Graziela de Nadai, Email:

*Candidates who have not yet been officially awarded their PhD will be appointed as Research Assistant within the salary range £31,740 - £33,370 per annum).

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Closing date: 15 December 2016 (Midnight GMT)

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