Northeastern University, Department of Physics (CoS)

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Position ID:Northeastern-Department of Physics (CoS)-PRA_NEU [#25670]
Position Title: Northeastern Postdoctoral Research Associate
Position Type:Postdoctoral
Position Location:Boston, Massachusetts 02115, United States [map] sort by distance
Subject Areas: Physics / Elementary Particle Physics, Elementary Particle Theory, Field Theory, hep-th, HEP-Theory (hep-th), High Energy Theory, Machine Learning, Mathematical Physics, Particle Theory, Physics - Mathematical Physics, Quantum Field Theory, String Theory, String Theory/Quantum Gravity/Field Theory, string-math, Theoretical high energy physics
Appl Deadline:2023/12/15 11:59PMhelp popup (posted 2023/09/12, listed until 2024/03/12)
Position Description:    

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Job Description

The Theoretical Particle Physics Group at Northeastern University offers two postdoctoral research associate positions for fall 2024. The group consists of Ning Bao, James Halverson, Sarah Harrison, Pran Nath, Brent Nelson, Fabian Ruehle, and Tomasz Taylor, covering research topics in string theory, mathematical physics, quantum information, machine learning, supersymmetry and supergravity, cosmology, and amplitudes. In addition, there will also be the opportunity to interact with members of the Mathematics Department, the CS Department, as well as the NSF AI Institute for Artificial Intelligence and Fundamental Interactions (IAIFI). Initial appointments are for two years, with the possibility to extend for a third year, contingent on available funding.

The successful candidates are expected to perform high-level theoretical research. One will work primarily with Sarah Harrison and the other primarily with Fabian Ruehle.

NOTE: These jobs are offered in addition to the Northeastern IAIFI Postdoctoral position, for which you can apply here.


Candidates should have a PhD in theoretical physics or a related subject at the start of their contract. Candidates with experience in string theory, quantum field theory, conformal field theory, or mathematical physics are especially encouraged to apply.

For candidates aiming to work primarily with Sarah Harrison, research interest or experience with connections between theoretical physics and the mathematical areas of number theory, geometry, topology, or modular forms is beneficial but not required.

For candidates aiming to work primarily with Fabian Ruehle, research interest or experience with connections between theoretical physics and string phenomenology, algebraic/toric geometry, or artificial intelligence is beneficial but not required.

Required Documents

All applicants need to submit


For full consideration, applications should be received by 11.59PM US Eastern time on December 15, 2023, including all letters of recommendation. You need to specify who you want to interact with scientifically in your cover letter.

Additional Information

If you need any assistance or have any questions, please contact Sarah Harrison ( or Fabian Ruehle (

About Northeastern

Founded in 1898, Northeastern is a global research university and a world leader in experiential learning. The same commitment to connecting with the world drives our use-inspired research enterprise. The university offers a comprehensive range of undergraduate and graduate programs leading to degrees through the doctorate in nine colleges and schools. Our campuses in Charlotte, N.C., San Francisco, Seattle, and Toronto are regional platforms for undergraduate and graduate learning and collaborative research. Northeastern pursues advanced research in security and materials at the Innovation Campus in Burlington, Massachusetts, and in coastal sustainability at the Marine Science Center in Nahant, Massachusetts.

Equal Opportunity

Northeastern University is an equal opportunity employer, seeking to recruit and support a broadly diverse community of faculty and staff. Northeastern values and celebrates diversity in all its forms and strives to foster an inclusive culture built on respect that affirms inter-group relations and builds cohesion.

All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, disability status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law. To learn more about Northeastern University’s commitment and support of diversity and inclusion, please see

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