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Postdoctoral Research Assistant in Theoretical Physics - QMUL23531

Department: School of Physics & Astronomy
Salary: £34,220 - £38,084 per annum (pro-rata), inclusive of London Allowance (Grade 4)
Reference: QMUL23531
Location: Mile End
Date posted: 10-Dec-2020
Closing date: 10-Jan-2021

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About the Role

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 supersymmetric and superconformal field theories in diverse dimensions.

About You

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

About the School

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.

About Queen Mary

At Queen Mary University of London, we believe that a diversity of ideas helps us achieve the previously unthinkable.

We continue to embrace diversity of thought and opinion in everything we do, in the belief that when views collide, disciplines interact, and perspectives intersect, truly original thought takes form.


We offer competitive salaries, access to a generous pension scheme, 30 days’ leave per annum (pro-rata for part-time/fixed-term), a season ticket loan scheme and access to a comprehensive range of personal and professional development opportunities. In addition, we offer a range of work life balance and family friendly, inclusive employment policies, and campus facilities including an on-site nursery at the Mile End campus.

The post is based at the Mile End Campus in London. It is a full time (35 hours per week), fixed-term appointment for a period of 10 months, potentially extended to 16 months (pending additional funding due early 2021). The successful applicant can start as soon as possible and no later than 1st October 2021. The starting salary will be Grade 4, in the range of £34,220 - £38,084 per annum (pro-rata), inclusive of London Allowance.

Queen Mary’s commitment to our diverse and inclusive community is embedded in our appointments processes. Reasonable adjustments will be made at each stage of the recruitment process for any candidate with a disability. We are open to considering applications from candidates wishing to work flexibly.


Informal enquiries should be addressed to Dr Costis Papageorgakis at or on +44 (0) 20 7882 5806.

To apply for the role, please click the ‘apply’ button below.

The closing date for applications is 10 January 2021.

Interviews are expected to be held shortly thereafter.


The School of Physics and Astronomy and the Juno/Athena SWAN Charter for Women in Science.

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. As part of the School’s participation in the Juno/Athena SWAN programmes we strongly encourage applications from women.


Valuing Diversity & Committed to Equality

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