Swansea University, Physics

Position ID:Swansea University-Physics-PDRA [#15580, AC03881]
Position Title: Postdoctoral Researcher Lattice Gauge Theory
Position Type:Postdoctoral
Position Location:Swansea, Swansea SA2 8PP, United Kingdom [map]
Subject Area: Physics / HEP-Lattice (hep-lat)
Appl Deadline:2019/12/22help popup (offers accepted posted 2019/11/25, listed until 2020/05/25)
Position Description:    

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PDRA Lattice Gauge Theory

Job Number AC03881

Advertising Department: Physics Department, College of Science

Contract Type Fixed Term Contract

Closing Date 22-12-2019

Salary: £34,804 per annum together with USS Pension benefits

Hours of work: 35 hours per week

Contract: This is a fixed term position for 2 years

Location: This position will be based at the Singleton Park campus

The University is committed to supporting and promoting equality and diversity in all of its practices and activities. We aim to establish an inclusive environment and welcome diverse applications from the following protected characteristics: age, disability, ethnicity, gender identity, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, religion and belief, sex (gender), sexual orientation. Appointments will always be based on merit.

The Swansea Particle Physics and Cosmology Theory (PPCT) Group, see https://www.swansea.ac.uk/physics/research-and-impact/particle-physics-cosmology/ wishes to appoint three postdoctoral researchers to work on projects related to our STFC consolidated grant, which includes quantum field theory and string theory, lattice gauge theory, particle phenomenology, and cosmology.

This ad is for the position in lattice gauge theory.

The position will commence October 1 2020.

Main Duties

This main purpose of this position is to carry out research in lattice gauge theory, in particular in the area of hot and dense QCD. A strong background in this research area is required. The postdoctoral researcher is expected to carry out research, resulting in publications in scientific journals. In addition, the postdoctoral researcher is expected to disseminate scientific results via participation in (international) conferences and workshops. The candidate is expected to:

1. Conduct research in Theoretical Particle Physics

2. Participate in the Particle Physics and Cosmology Theory (PPCT) group’s research activities, e.g. in attending and organising seminars and meetings

3. Assist with departmental teaching if required, subject to STFC guidelines for postdoctoral researchers.

This appointment in the College has a number of generic objectives common to research appointments. These relate to developing and generating novel research concepts, designs, directions, and outputs in areas related to the subject discipline.

1. Pro-actively contribute to and conduct research, including gather, prepare and analyse data and present results, exhibiting a degree of independence in terms of specifying the focus and direction of that research.

2. Prepare reports, draft patents and papers describing the results of the research, both confidential and for publication. The appointee is expected to be actively engaged in the writing and publishing of research papers, particularly those intended for publication in refereed (eg international) journals or comparable as a normal part of their role.

3. Be self-motivated, apply and use their initiative, aiming to determine suitable ways to tackle challenges and seeking guidance when needed

4. Use creativity to analyse and interpret research data and draw conclusions on the outcomes

5. Interact positively and professionally with other collaborators and partners within the College, elsewhere in the University and beyond both in industry/commerce and academia.

6. Contribute pro-actively to the development of external funding applications to support their own work, that of others and the College and the Institution in general. The appointee will be expected as a normal part of their work to be actively engaged in writing, or contributing to writing such applications.

7. Contribute to College organisational matters in order to help it run smoothly and to help raise its external research profile.

8. Keep informed of developments in the field in both technical and specific terms and the wider subject area and the implication for commercial applications and the knowledge economy or academia.

9. When requested act as a representative or member of committees, using the opportunity to extend their own professional experience.

10. Demonstrate and evidence own professional development, identifying development needs with reference to Vitae Researcher Development Framework particularly with regard to probation, performance reviews, and participation in training events.

11. Maintain and enhance links with the professional institutions and other related bodies.

12. Observe best-practice protocols in maintenance and retention of research records as indicated by HEI and Research Councils records management guidance. This includes ensuring project log-book records are deposited with the University/Principal Investigator on completion of the work

13. Participate in and undertake other research or administrative activities appropriate to their experience and skill, and as directed by the Head of the College / Institute or such other person delegated to act with their authority.

Person Specification

Essential criteria:

1. The ideal candidate must have a PhD degree physics or related science.

2. Evidence of the capacity for active engagement in designing research and writing, or contributing to writing.

3. Evidence of active engagement, personal role, and contribution to writing and publishing research papers, particularly for peer reviewed journals (e.g. being first or corresponding authors in specialist materials or catalysis journals).

4. Ability to demonstrate significant independence of focus and direction in research – determining ’what, why, when and with whom' to progress work.

5. A commitment to continuous professional development

Desirable Criteria:

Experience in the field of Lattice Gauge Theory

Informal enquiries contact details:

For further information about this position, please contact Prof Simon Hands, s.hands@swansea.ac.uk or Prof Gert Aarts (group leader), Physics. g.aarts@swansea.ac.uk

The job is also advertised on the Swansea University page, see https://www.swansea.ac.uk/personnel/jobs/details.php?nPostingId=60198&nPostingTargetId=76233&id=QHUFK026203F3VBQB7VLO8NXD&LG=UK&mask=suext

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Further Info:
Department of Physics
Swansea University
Singleton Park
Swansea SA2 8PP
United Kingdom

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