Imperial College London, Theoretical Physics

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Position ID:Imperial-Theoretical Physics-RA1 [#17622, NAT00815]
Position Title: Research Associate in Theoretical Physics
Position Type:Postdoctoral
Position Location:London, London, City of SW7 2AZ, United Kingdom [map] sort by distance
Subject Areas: Physics / HEP-Theory (hep-th), String Theory
Appl Deadline:2020/12/17 11:59PMhelp popup finished (2020/11/23, finished 2021/06/19, listed until 2021/05/23)
Position Description:    

*** this position has been closed and new applications are no longer accepted. ***

Research Associate


Theoretical Physics Group, Department of Physics


South Kensington Campus 


Salary range: £40,215 – £47,579 plus benefits


Fixed Term: 2 years available from 1 October 2021


Job Summary


Applications are invited for a Research Associate to join the Theoretical Physics Group, Department of Physics at Imperial College London, which undertakes world-leading research in key areas of theoretical physics including string theory, quantum field theory, cosmology, quantum foundations and gravity.


The positions are funded by the STFC Consolidated Grant “M-Theory, Cosmology and Quantum Field Theory” and are to work primarily with members of the String and M-theory section of the group. This includes Prof Mike Duff, Prof Jerome Gauntlett, Prof Amihay Hanany, Prof Chris Hull, Prof Kelly Stelle, Prof Arkady Tseytlin, Prof Daniel Waldram and Prof Toby Wiseman.


Duties and responsibilities


In this post, you will help produce independent and original research within the Theoretical Physics group, submit publications to refereed journals and help with the administration of the research group.

You will also work on topics in theoretical physics relevant to the funding grant, including string theory, quantum field theory, gauge-gravity duality, black holes, and/or related topics.


Essential requirements


You must hold a PhD (or equivalent) in Theoretical Physics or a closely related discipline. You must also be able to demonstrate all the following essential criteria:

·       Outstanding research experience in string theory, quantum field theory, gauge-gravity duality, black holes, and/or related topics.

·       Experience in giving talks at internationally recognised conferences and workshops.

·       Experience in carrying out research of high quality, independently and in a team, with evidence provided by by a portfolio of high-quality research publications.


Further information


This is a fixed-term position for up to 24 months available from 1st October 2021. 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.


Interested candidates should submit pdf files of their CV, list of publications, summary of research accomplishments and interests and arrange for at least three letters of recommendation to be submitted electronically to


Queries relating to the position should be directed to Prof Daniel Waldram –


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


Should you have any queries regarding the application process please contact Ms Graziela de Nadai, Section Administrator - 


Closing date: 17 December 2020 (midnight GMT) but material sent later than this date may still be considered up until the positions are filled.


The College is a proud signatory to the San-Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA), which means that in hiring and promotion decisions, we evaluate applicants on the quality of their work, not the journal impact factor where it is published. For more information, see


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Further Info:
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Blackett Laboratory
Imperial College
Prince Consort Rd
London, SW7 2AZ