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Research Assistant / Research Associate x 2 (Fixed Term)

Two positions exist for Research Associate in the group of Dr Slager, embedded in the Theory of Condensed Matter group at the Department of Physics, University of Cambridge.

The aim of the role is to explore new topological phases of matter, broadly defined. In particular, we will be keen on further exploring multi-gap topologies. Additionally, we will be interested in topological physics and relations to superconductivity, out-of-equilibrium, defects, quantum geometry as well as response physics and beyond.

The candidate will be funded from an ERC-UKRI grant that aims to further develop these new phases of matter. Please see our recent works on the website or contact the PI for more details. Although the candidate will be concerned with the theoretical aspects of this pursuit, this position is part of an ambitious research program, with a strong interdisciplinary nature, including but not limited to collaborations with the Monserrat group in the Materials Science and Metallurgy Department as well as other international theoretical and experimental partners.

The successful candidates will hold (or be close to obtaining) a PhD in theoretical physics and be judged according to: (i) having a strong scientific track record as demonstrated via publications in major journals and by c.v., (ii) scientific maturity, (iii) scientific independence, (iv) ability to work in a group, (v) analytical skills including knowledge of field theory, modelling, geometry and mathematical approaches and (vi) numerical skills. The candidates will also have the ability to further develop own research ideas as well as profit from all training programmes in place to further progress their career.

Salary Ranges: Research Assistant (Grade 5): £27,929 to £32,348 Research Associate (Grade 7): £34,308 to £42,155.

To apply online for this vacancy, please click on the 'Apply' button below. This will route you to the University's Web Recruitment System, where you will need to register an account and log in before completing the online application form. Ensure that you upload your Curriculum Vitae (CV) and a covering letter in the upload section of the online application. If you upload any additional documents which have not been requested, we will not be able to consider these as part of your application.

Please submit your application by midnight on the closing date.

Fixed-term: The posts are for two years with the option to renew for a year upon performance.

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If you have any questions about this vacancy please contact Dr R-J Slager ( If you have any questions about the application process, please contact

Please quote reference KA33560 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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