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Postdoctoral Research Assistant in Theoretical Physics - QMUL20539

Department: School of Physics & Astronomy
Salary: £31,613 - £38,084 (Grade 4)
Reference: QMUL20539
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 one Postdoctoral Research Assistant in Theoretical Physics working in the area “Gauge Theory, Geometry and Duality”. 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 within the following areas and their interfaces: AdS/CFT correspondence, Conformal Field Theory, Supersymmetric gauge theories, and black hole physics in a string theory context.

The successful applicant will be expected to have a PhD in Theoretical Physics (or equivalent qualification/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. The successful applicant is 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 Dr. Matthew Buican, Dr. Sanjaye Ramgoolam, Dr. Rodolfo Russo, or Dr. David Vegh

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 QMUL20539. 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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