Research Fellow in Ab Initio Nuclear Theory

University of Surrey - Department of Physics

Applications are invited for a Research Fellow position at the Nuclear Theory Group of the University of Surrey. The post is part of a Consolidated Grant project funded by the Science and Technology Facilities Council to advance Nuclear Structure and Reactions. The successful candidate will work on developing new nuclear theory techniques to study finite nuclei. The Research Fellow will undertake original theoretical nuclear physics research in quantum many-body techniques, nuclear structure, and/or nuclear astrophysics, extending the Surrey group capabilities within ab initio nuclear theory.

Candidates must hold (or be close to completion of) a PhD degree in physics, applied mathematics or computer science and have a commitment for research in low-energy nuclear physics. Knowledge of many-body and quantum field theories and/or experience with High Performance Computing are also desirable. Candidates should apply on-line, providing a curriculum vitae (including a publication list) and a one-page statement of research interests.

A second position within the Nuclear Theory Group is being advertised concurrently (  Applicants who wish to be considered for both positions should either submit an application for each post, or contact Kate Sheen in the Faculty HR Team (

The Nuclear Physics Group at the University of Surrey has active research interests in a wide range of topics and a long-standing reputation in both theory and experiment. We provide a breadth and depth of expertise that enables the innovative exploitation of present radioactive- and stable-beam facilities, while developing theoretical capabilities and experimental equipment to enable the optimum use of future facilities. The group’s theoretical research priorities, which interface ab-initio many-body and time-dependent mean-field (and beyond mean-field) approaches with nuclear reaction theory, are also very strongly linked with radioactive-beam developments worldwide

Applications received by 2 January 2018 will receive full consideration. Later applications will only be considered if the positions are not filled.

This is a two year fixed term position, due to start in Summer 2018, ending in July 2020.

Prospective applicants are encouraged to contact Dr C. Barbieri ( and/or Dr Arnau Rios Huguet ( for further information. Applicants should make sure 2 letters of recommendation are sent to the contact persons.

Please note, it is University Policy to offer a starting salary equivalent to Level 3.6 (£30,688) to successful applicants who have been awarded, but are yet to receive, their PhD certificate.  Once the original PhD certificate has been submitted to the local HR Department, the salary will be increased to Level 4.1 (£31,604).

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