IPPP, Durham University

Position ID:Durham University-IPPP-RA [#12693, 016834]
Position Title: Research Associate
Position Type:Postdoctoral
Position Location:Durham, Durham DH1 3LE, United Kingdom [map]
Subject Areas: Physics / Particle Experiment (part-ex), Particle/Cosmology Theory, Theoretical Particle Physics, Theoretical Physics, Theory of Particle Physics, HEP-Phenomenology (hep-ph), Particle Astrophysics, String Theory, Astroparticle Physics, Particle Physics, astrophysics, Dark Matter, Elementary Particle Physics, High Energy Physics, Mathematical Physics
Appl Deadline:2018/12/01 (posted 2018/11/07, listed until 2019/01/07)
Position Description:    


Durham University is one of the world's top universities with strengths across the Arts and Humanities, Sciences and Social Sciences. We are home to some of the most talented scholars and researchers from around the world who are tackling global issues and making a difference to people's lives.

The University sits in a beautiful historic city where it shares ownership of a UNESCO World Heritage Site with Durham Cathedral, the greatest Romanesque building in Western Europe. A collegiate University, Durham recruits outstanding students from across the world and offers an unmatched wider student experience.

Less than 3 hours north of London, and an hour and a half south of Edinburgh, County Durham is a region steeped in history and natural beauty. The Durham Dales, including the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, are home to breathtaking scenery and attractions. Durham offers an excellent choice of city, suburban and rural residential locations. The University provides a range of benefits including pension and childcare benefits and the University’s Relocation Manager can assist with potential schooling requirements.

Durham University seeks to promote and maintain an inclusive and supportive environment for work and study that assists all members of our University community to reach their full potential. Diversity brings strength and we welcome applications from across the international, national and regional communities that we work with and serve.


The Department of Physics at Durham University is one of the very best UK Physics departments with an outstanding reputation for excellence in teaching, research and employability of our students. Ranked in the top 10 in REF2014 in terms of grade point average, 96% of Durham Physics research was considered either to be of “internationally excellent quality” or “world leading”. The Department is committed to research-led and small group teaching. The Complete University Guide ranks Durham's Physics Department in fourth place nationally based on entry standards, student satisfaction, research and graduate prospects.

The Department hosts one of the largest research groups in Europe dedicated to particle physics that engages with experiment, the IPPP. The IPPP is housed in a custom-designed building that is part of the Ogden Centre for Fundamental Physics.


The successful applicants will have excellent research records in any area of particle physics phenomenology including beyond the standard model physics, electroweak and Higgs physics, flavour physics, model building, Monte Carlo simulations, precision standard model physics, neutrino physics, particle astrophysics and strong interactions. They will have an important role to play in the maintaining research excellence of the Institute. Applications from candidates with a strong record of engagement with experimental groups are encouraged. Candidates must contribute to fostering a collegial environment, as well as demonstrating their commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion. It is essential that the successful candidates will have a PhD in theoretical particle physics or closely related field, and will have demonstrated strength in independent research in theoretical particle physics appropriate to their experience. The candidate will also have good interpersonal and communication skills, and be able to work effectively with people at all levels of seniority and of different nationalities.


To understand and convey material of a specialist or highly technical nature to the team or group of people through presentations and discussions that leads to the presentation of research papers in conferences and publications.  To prepare and deliver presentations on research outputs/activities to audiences which may include: research sponsors, academic and non-academic audiences.  To publish high quality outputs, including papers for submission to peer reviewed journals and papers for presentation at conferences and workshops under the direction of the Principal Investigator or Grant-holder.  To assist with the development of research objectives and proposals.  To conduct individual and collaborative research projects under the direction of the Principal Investigator or Grant-holder.  To work with the Principal Investigator or Grant-holder and other colleagues in the research group, as appropriate, to identify areas for research, develop new research methods and extend the research portfolio.  To deal with problems that may affect the achievement of research objectives and deadlines by discussing with the Principal Investigator or Grant-holder and offering creative or innovative solutions.  To liaise with research colleagues and make internal and external contacts to develop knowledge and understanding to form relationships for future research collaboration.  To plan and manage own research activity, research resources in collaboration with others and contribute to the planning of research projects.  To have a commitment to teaching and will take part in the Department's undergraduate teaching programme at a level of 2 hours per week during term time.

Since the post is a career development position, the duration of the post will be two years and it will not lead to a continuing appointment at the University.

The post-holder is employed to work on research/a research project which will be led by another colleague. Whilst this means that the post-holder will not be carrying out independent research in his/her own right, the expectation is that they will contribute to the advancement of the project, through the development of their own research ideas/adaptation and development of research protocols.

Successful applicants will, ideally, be in post by 1st October 2019.


Essential: 1. Qualifications:  A good first degree and a PhD (or close to submission) in a relevant area of Physics or Mathematics. 2. Experience:  A clear record of achievement in particle physics research at the highest level, revealed through at least two published papers in leading science journals and international conference presentations.  Demonstrable ability to present research papers at conferences and communicate complex information to specialists and within the wider academic community. 3. Skills:  Demonstrable ability to work cooperatively as part of a team, including participating in research meetings.  A good strategic fit with existing research expertise in Institute.  Ability to work independently on own initiative and to strict deadlines.  Ability and willingness to contribute to the Departmental teaching programme.  Excellent interpersonal and written/oral English language communication skills.

Desirable: 4. Experience:  A track record of presenting research at conferences, symposia, or meetings, commensurate with stage of career.  Demonstrable ability to develop research proposals and designs in collaboration with other academics.  Experience of promoting science to the general public. 5. Skills:  Demonstrable ability to plan and manage independent research in particle physics phenomenology.


For informal enquiries please contact Professor Keith Ellis(keith.ellis@durham.ac.uk). All enquiries will be treated in the strictest confidence.

Please log an expression of interest at Academic jobs online (https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo), deadline 01 December 2018.

We prefer to receive applications online via the Durham University Vacancies Site. https://www.dur.ac.uk/jobs/. As part of the application process, you should provide details of 3 (preferably academic/research) referees and the details of your current line manager so that we may seek an employment reference.

Applications are particularly welcome from women and black and minority ethnic candidates, who are under-represented in academic posts in the University.


All applicants are asked to submit:  A CV and covering letter which details your experience, strengths and potential in the requirements set out above;  A research proposal of around 1 page in length


The assessment for the post will include examination of submitted paperwork. Shortlisted candidates will be invited for Skype interview and assessment in January 2019.

Application Materials Required:
Submit the following items online at this website to complete your application:
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Further Info:
Dept. of Physics
Durham University
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