Postdoctoral Research Assistant in Theoretical Physics

Queen Mary University of London - Physics & Astronomy

Queen Mary, University of London, is a leading university in the UK, with a breadth of excellence across Science and Engineering, Medicine, and Humanities and Social Sciences.

The School of Physics and Astronomy maintains a tradition of outstanding research in ground-breaking fields. Research in the School is internationally excellent, with academic and research staff and students working in dedicated Research Centres in High Energy Experimental Particle Physics, Astrophysics, Theoretical Physics and Condensed Matter Physics.

Post Information and Requirements

The School is seeking to appoint a Postdoctoral Research Assistant in Theoretical Physics. Applicants should have a strong research record within theoretical physics, in an area consonant with the current research in the Centre for Research in String Theory such as: perturbative and non-perturbative aspects of gauge and string theory, dualities in field theory and string theory, AdS/CFT and black hole physics. Preference will be given to applicants with expertise in the area of higher-order perturbative calculations of amplitudes in gauge theories and gravity with a focus on connections to the AdS/CFT correspondence, string theory, (ambi) twistors, scattering equations, colour-kinematics duality, perturbative QCD, and integrability.

The successful applicant will be expected to have a PhD in Theoretical Physics (or equivalent experience) and be particularly knowledgeable in the areas specified above. The applicant will also be required to work independently, have strong analytical skills and be an effective team player.

This position will provide the successful candidate with an exceptional opportunity to become part of a highly active Research Centre focused on fertile and vibrant areas of theoretical physics. The position is full-time and fixed-term for a period of 2 years, with the possibility of an extension depending on performance and available funding. The successful applicant is expected to start not later than 1st October 2018. The starting salary will be in the range of £32,956-£36,677 per annum inclusive of London Allowance. Benefits include 30 days annual leave, final salary pension scheme and interest-free season ticket loan.

Candidates must be able to demonstrate their eligibility to work in the UK in accordance with the Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Act 2006. Where required this may include entry clearance or continued leave to remain under the Points Based Immigration Scheme.

Informal enquiries should be addressed to the Director of the Centre for Research in String Theory, Prof A Brandhuber at

General information about the School can be found at and about the Centre for Research in String Theory at Further details and an application form can be found at

To apply, please click on the link below. Enquiries on the application procedures can be addressed to Ms. J. Vaca Ortiz

The closing date for applications is 3rd December 2017. Interviews are expected to be held shortly after.

The School of Physics and Astronomy are proud to hold IoP JUNO Champion status and Athena SWAN silver status and have a number of supportive policies in place to facilitate a diverse and inclusive working environment. We strongly encourage applications from and all under-represented groups - see for details.

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