Imperial College London, Theoretical Physics

Position ID:Imperial College London-Theoretical Physics-RASTFC2019COSMO [#15550, NAT00606]
Position Title: Research Assistant/Associate in Theoretical Physics
Position Type:Postdoctoral
Position Location:London, London, City of SW7 2AZ, United Kingdom [map]
Subject Areas: Physics / GR-Cosmology (gr-qc), HEP-Theory (hep-th), Cosmology, Elementary Particle Theory, Gravitational Theory, Particle/Cosmology Theory, Quantum Field Theory, Theoretical high energy physics, Theoretical Particle Physics, Theoretical Physics, Theory of Particle Physics
Appl Deadline: (posted 2019/11/20, listed until 2020/05/20)
Position Description:    

*** the list date or deadline for this position has passed, and no new applications will be accepted. ***

Research Assistant/Associate
Theoretical Physics Group, Department of Physics, Imperial College London

Fixed Term: 2 years available from 1st October 2020

Job Summary
Applications are invited for a Research Assistant/Associate position in Theoretical Cosmology and/or Quantum Field Theory in the Theoretical Physics Group of the Department of Physics at Imperial College London. The position is funded by an STFC Consolidated Grant. You will work with members of the Theoretical Physics Group, including Carlo Contaldi, Claudia de Rham, Fay Dowker, Joao Magueijo, Arttu Rajantie, Andrew Tolley, Roberto Trotta and Toby Wiseman, and will also interact with other members of the Physics Department.

Duties and responsibilities
You will contribute to independent and original research, submit publications to refereed journals and assist with the administration of the Research Group and provide support to the research students.

Essential Criteria
For Research Assistant post you will be about to complete a PhD and for the Research Associate post you will already have a PhD in Theoretical Physics or an equivalent level of professional qualifications and experience. 

In addition, you must also be able to demonstrate all the following essential criteria:
  • Research experience in theoretical topics in the following areas; cosmology, quantum field theory, effective field theory, cosmic microwave background, and gravitational waves. 
  • Evidence of outstanding promise and originality in research, demonstrated by a good publication record, commensurate with your career stage
Further Information
This is a fixed term position available for two years, with a possibility of extension, subject to funding.
Research Associate maximum salary on appointment will be up to £47,579 per annum.
Candidates who have not yet been officially awarded their PhD will be appointed as Research Assistant within the salary range £35,477 - £38,566 per annum.  

More information about the Department, the Theoretical Physics Group and the staff benefits that we offer can be found on our webpages at

Closing date: 13 December 2019 (midnight GMT)

Should you require any further details on the role please contact: Professor Arttu Rajantie (Professor of Theoretical Physics) at 

Should you have any queries regarding the application process please contact: Graziela C De Nadai (Section Administrator) at

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Application Materials Required:
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Further Info:
+44 20 75937835
Department of Physics
Imperial College London
London SW7 2AZ
United Kingdom

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