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Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics

We are seeking to recruit up to two postdoctoral Research Associates in the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics to work on topics in high energy, gravitational or condensed matter physics.

Duties will primarily involve conducting individual and collaborative research in theoretical physics. The role holder will be expected to plan and manage their own research and administration, with guidance if required. You must be able to communicate material of a technical nature and be able to build internal and external contacts. You may be asked to assist in the supervision of student projects.

The ideal candidate will be a versatile theorist and will have expertise or interests in topics such as many-body aspects of quantum gravity, matrix quantum mechanics, strongly quantum many-body dynamics or unconventional transport in condensed matter systems. However, candidates from any technical background with broad interests are encouraged to apply.

The candidate should have a PhD in theoretical physics (or related) before the start of the position.

Fixed-term: The funds for these posts are available for up to 3 years in the first instance.

Informal inquiries can be made by contacting Professor Sean Hartnoll (email:; phone: 01223 762489)

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Please indicate the contact details of three academic referees on the online application form and upload a full curriculum vitae and a description of your recent research (not to exceed three pages). Please ensure that all of your referees are contactable at any time during the selection process, and are made aware that they will be contacted by the Mathematics HR Office Administrator to request that they upload a reference for you to our Web Recruitment System; and please encourage them to do so promptly.

Please quote reference LE28885 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society. We particularly welcome applications from women and /or candidates from a BME background for this vacancy as they are currently under-represented at this level in our Department.

The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK.

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Closing date

Dec 1st 2021

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