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Research Associate in Quantum Gravity (Fixed Term)

We invite applications for a postdoctoral Research Associate in Theoretical Physics, funded by the High Energy Physics Group Consolidated Grant at the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics. The successful appointee would be expected to start on 1 October 2020 for three years.

The role will involve carrying out research into quantum gravity. Candidates with experience in holography and connections to quantum information theory are particularly encouraged to apply. There will be opportunities to work on several different projects, including aspects of quantum energy conditions and their relation to quantum gravity, the weak gravity conjecture, aspects of black hole information loss, tensor networks, black hole entropy, and the initial value problem in effective theories of gravity.

The academic staff most closely associated to this role are Prof. N. Dorey, Prof. M. Perry, Prof. H. Reall, Dr. J. Santos, Prof. P. Townsend and Dr A. Wall.

The successful candidate will have completed (or nearly completed) a PhD in theoretical physics or mathematics prior to their appointment, and will have demonstrated a capacity to produce world-class research. Duties would include developing and conducting individual and collaborative research projects. The role holders will be expected to plan and manage their own research and administration, with guidance if required. They must be able to communicate material of a technical nature and be able to build internal and external contacts. They may be asked to assist in the supervision of student projects, the development of student research skills, provide instruction or plan/deliver seminars relating their research area.

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Please indicate the contact details of three academic referees on the online application form and upload a full curriculum vitae, list of publications, and a research statement (one page only). Please ensure that all three of your referees are contactable at any time during the selection process, and are made aware that they will be contacted by the Mathematics HR Office Administrator to request that they upload a reference for you to our Web Recruitment System; and please encourage them to do so promptly.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 3 years.

The closing date for this position is 8 December 2019. Interviews will be held soon after this date.

Informal inquiries can be made by contacting

Please quote reference LE21331 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society. We particularly welcome applications from women and/or candidates from a BME background for this vacancy as they are currently under-represented at this level in our Department.

The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK.

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