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Early Stage Researcher (ESR) PhD Studentship - QMUL14715

Department: School of Physics & Astronomy
Salary: £29,644 - £33,059 per annum (Grade 3)
Reference: QMUL14715
Date posted: 01-May-2018
Closing date: 29-May-2018

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Marie Sklodowska-Curie Innovative Training Network “SAGEX” (Scattering Amplitudes: from Geometry to Experiment)

Early Stage Researcher PhD Studentships

These two posts sit within the Centre for Research in String Theory, in the School of Physics and Astronomy, Queen Mary University of London (QMUL). QMUL 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

Applications are invited for two Early Stage Researcher (ESR) PhD studentships to work within the Marie Sklodowska-Curie Innovative Training Network (MSCA ITN) “SAGEX” (Scattering Amplitudes: from Geometry to Experiment) in the vibrant area of scattering amplitudes in gauge theory and gravity. The ESRs appointed will work under the supervision of Professor Andreas Brandhuber and Professor Gabriele Travaglini. Details of the two ESR projects, the research area, and the SAGEX network are given in the job profile.

Eligibility requirements

As part of the MSCA ITN scheme, there are strict *eligibility requirements*. At the time of appointment, applicants must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the UK for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately before appointment under the project; AND shall also be in the first four years of their research careers at the time of appointment by the host organisation and have not been awarded a doctoral degree. For more information on MSCA ITN, please see:

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 post is a full time (35 hours per week), fixed-term appointment for three years, with a preferred start date of 1st October 2018, but no later than 1st May 2019.

The successful applicant will be offered a salary plus mobility allowance and, if applicable, a family allowance in line with the funding body rules. The salary will be at a fixed rate of approximately £29,644.92 salary per annum and includes the single person’s mobility allowance or approximately £33,059.16 salary per annum which includes the married person’s/dependents mobility allowance (depending on the EURO: sterling exchange rate and pension arrangements). Benefits include 30 days annual leave, defined benefit 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.

Candidates should arrange for two recommendation letters to be sent to Jazmina Vaca Ortiz at to arrive by the deadline. Also, when you upload your CV, please upload your university transcripts and a short statement of research interest (maximum one page). Applicants must comply with English language requirements as outlined here

Informal enquiries should be addressed to Professor Andreas Brandhuber and Professor Gabriele Travaglini at  and at 

Further information on the SAGEX project can be found 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 for the role, please click the ‘apply’ button below.

Enquiries on the application procedures can be addressed to Ms. Jazmina Vaca-Ortiz

The closing date for applications is 29th May 2018. Interviews are expected to be held shortly thereafter.


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 all under-represented groups - see for details. 


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