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Job id: 074786. Salary: £42,405 - £47,178 per annum, depending on experience, including London Weighting Allowance.

Posted: 14 September 2023. Closing date: 12 October 2023.

Business unit: Natural, Mathematical & Engineering Sci. Department: Physics.

Contact details: Evgeny Kozik.

Location: Strand Campus. Category: Research.

Job description

Applicants are invited to apply for a postdoctoral Research Associate role in the group of Dr Evgeny Kozik at King’s College London to work on development of diagrammatic Monte Carlo techniques for understanding and controlling mechanisms of unconventional superconductivity with a start date from 1st October 2023. Applicants are expected to have a PhD (or be awaiting its award) in the area of Theoretical/Computational Physics and a strong expertise in precision numerical methods for correlated electrons, their implementation and application. Experience with diagrammatic Monte Carlo approaches and studies of superconductivity or closely related problems is desired. The successful applicant will be part of a collaboration with the experiment group led by Dr Clifford Hicks (Birmingham) and the theory group of Prof Joseph Betouras (Loughborough).  

Within King’s, the candidate will be part of the Theory & Simulation of Condensed Matter Group at the department of Physics, which belongs to the Faculty of Natural, Mathematical & Engineering Sciences (NMES). Supporting our staff is important to us and we offer a range of provision including flexible working, caring support, and training opportunities. Our staff come from over 45 countries and around 56% of our students are from outside the UK.  

The university is making significant investment in the Faculty and both student and staff numbers are growing. The Department is currently undergoing significant growth with substantial investment in new appointments, research infrastructure and laboratory space refurbishment. Further details are available at and

This post will be offered on a fixed term contract for one year in the first instance, with potential for extension for up to additional three years (up to 4 years in total).

Key responsibilities

  • Internationally leading research in the development of quantum many-body theory and computation
  • Development and maintenance of computer implementations
  • Mentorship of more junior group members
  • Contribution to effective research culture and inclusion
  • Contribution to effective dissemination of research through written and oral presentation

The above list of responsibilities may not be exhaustive, and the post holder will be required to undertake such tasks and responsibilities as may reasonably be expected within the scope and grading of the post.

Skills, knowledge, and experience

The successful applicant will be expected to actively contribute to a variety of methodological developments of the diagrammatic Monte Carlo techniques and their application to problems of superconductivity in close collaboration with the theory and experiment partners. Strong expertise in development of precision methods for correlated electrons, their implementation and application, is essential.

For more details on the project structure, and an informal discussion to find out more about the role, please contact Dr Evgeny Kozik at

Essential criteria

1.       PhD awarded or near completion in theoretical or computational condensed matter physics, or related subjects.

2.       A demonstrable record of scientific code development using modern structured and modular development practices and tools.

3.       A good knowledge of condensed matter physics.

4.       Knowledge and experience in development of advanced methods and approaches for strongly correlated electrons.

5.       Strong track record of publications.

6.       The ability to communicate clearly both orally and in writing.

Desirable criteria

1.      An experience in diagrammatic Monte Carlo methods.

2.      An experience in studies of superconductivity or related problems of strongly correlated electrons.

3.      The ability to work part of a team.

* Please note that this is a PhD level role but candidates who have submitted their thesis and are awaiting award of their PhDs will be considered. In these circumstances the appointment will be made at Grade 5, spine point 30 with the title of Research Assistant. Upon confirmation of the award of the PhD, the job title will become Research Associate and the salary will increase to Grade 6.