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Two Postdoctoral Research Assistants in Theoretical Physics - QMUL20538

Department: School of Physics & Astronomy
Salary: £31,613 - £38,084 (Grade 4)
Reference: QMUL20538
Location: Mile End
Date posted: 29-Oct-2019
Closing date: 01-Dec-2019

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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 two fixed term (2 years) Postdoctoral Research Assistants in Theoretical Physics in the area of Scattering Amplitudes. Applicants should have a strong research record within theoretical physics, in an area consonant with the current research interests of the Centre for Research in String Theory. Both positions are aimed at applicants with expertise in the area of Scattering Amplitudes, in particular in the area of higher-order perturbative calculations of amplitudes in gauge theories and gravity with a focus on connections to amplitudes and form factors in N=4 SYM and QCD, (ambi) twistor strings and scattering equations, colour-kinematics duality and the (classical) double copy, and applications to gravitational waves.

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

The two positions will provide the successful candidates with an exceptional opportunity to become part of a highly active Research Centre focused on fertile and vibrant areas of theoretical physics. The Centre is the coordinating node of the SAGEX training network (Scattering Amplitudes: from Geometry to Experiment) funded by European Commission.

The positions are full-time and fixed-term for a period of 2 years. The successful applicants are expected to start on 1st October 2020. The starting salary will be in the range of £31,613 - £38,084 per annum inclusive of London Allowance. Benefits include 30 days annual leave, 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 can be addressed to Prof. Andreas Brandhuber, Dr. Ricardo Monteiro, Prof. Gabriele Travaglini, or Dr. Chris White

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 visit the Human Resources website on and search by post reference number QMUL20538. Enquiries on the application procedures can be addressed to Ms. J. Vaca Ortiz Furthermore, applicants should ask three referees to send a recommendation letter to Please make sure you save the reference using surname first and name second.

The closing date for applications is 1 December 2019 at 5pm. Interviews are expected to be held shortly after.

QMUL values diversity and is committed to equality. The University holds an Athena SWAN silver award and the School of Physics and Astronomy holds IoP JUNO Champion status and Athena Silver status. We particularly welcome applications from female as well as black, Asian and ethnic-minority (BAME) applicants who are currently underrepresented in the School.

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