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Job id: 081685. Salary: £43,205 - £47,978 per annum, including London Weighting Allowance depending on number of years after postdoc.

Posted: 02 January 2024. Closing date: 14 March 2024.

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

Contact details: Malcolm Fairbairn. Malcolm.fairbairn@kcl.ac.uk

Location: Strand Campus. Category: Research.

Job description

The Theoretical Particle Physics and Cosmology Group in the Physics department of King’s College London will support a postdoctoral position starting in October 2024. The position is guaranteed for two years and we fully expect it will be extendable to another year to a total of three.  The position is supported by the UK STFC research council. 

We will be recruiting researchers who work in one of more of the following areas:- 

  • Beyond the standard model particle physics, collider phenomenology and LHC physics. 
  • The intersection of particle physics, astrophysics and cosmology, including but not limited to dark matter. 
  • Links between gravitational waves and particle physics, including phase transitions and probes of physics beyond the standard model.  

The Growing Theoretical Particle Physics and Cosmology Group consists of Bobby Acharya, Jean Alexandre, John Ellis, Malcolm Fairbairn, Eugene Lim, Lionel London, David (Doddy) Marsh, Nick Mavromatos, Chris McCabe, Mairi Sakellariadou, Sarben Sarkar and Tevong You, as well as postdocs and PhD students. 

Please see (https://www.kcl.ac.uk/research/theoretical-particle-physics-cosmology) for more information regarding the group. 

Applicants should submit a CV with publication list, a two-page statement of research and 3 letters of recommendation. 

We particularly encourage applications from under-represented groups in Theoretical Physics. 

For more information regarding this position, please contact Malcolm Fairbairn (Malcolm.fairbairn@kcl.ac.uk

Within King’s, the position will be managed from the department of Physics, with belongs to the Faculty of Natural, Mathematical & Engineering Sciences (NMES). NMES comprises Chemistry, Engineering, Informatics, Mathematics, and Physics with all departments highly rated in research activities and a wide-ranging portfolio of taught and research programmes. Supporting our staff is important to us and we offer a range of provision including flexible working, caring support, training, and promotion opportunities. 

The university is making significant investment in the Faculty and both student and staff numbers are growing. Our staff come from over 45 countries and around 56% of our students are from outside the UK.  

The study of Physics at King's dates back to the foundation of the College in 1829. The Department is currently undergoing significant growth with substantial investment in new appointments, research infrastructure and laboratory space refurbishment. We offer a range of BSc (three-year) and MSci (four-year) undergraduate courses as well as MSc and PhD programmes. 

Further information may be found at: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/physics

This post will be offered on a fixed-term contract for 2 years years

This is a full time post

Key responsibilities

  • Attend and, as appropriate, present research findings and papers at internal academic meetings and external professional conferences, and contribute to the internal and external visibility of the department. 
  • Work as a conscientious and committed member of the team in order to achieve the aims of the projects.
  • Participate in educational activities as appropriate to the stage of your career.
  • Undertake such specific departmental roles and functions as may be reasonably required e.g. rotation as seminar programme co-ordinator.
  • Be committed to your own personal career development.
  • Contribute to publications arising from this project.
  • Develop and undertake research of high quality consistent with making a full active research contribution.
  • Contribute fully to developing and enhancing the research profile of the Department, School and College, including establishing a track record of high quality publications.
  • Develop and maintain individual/joint research projects in subject related areas.
  • Work with colleagues on joint projects as required
  • Collaborate with academic colleagues on areas of shared research interest
  • Attend and contribute to relevant meetings
  • Develop research objectives and proposals for own or joint research, with the assistance of a mentor
  • Conduct individual and collaborative research projects
  • Write up research work for publication
  • Continually update knowledge and understanding in field
  • Translate knowledge of advances in the subject area into research activity.
  • Use new research techniques and methods
  • Identify areas for research, develop new research methods and extend the research portfolio.

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 

Essential criteria

1.        PhD awarded in Theoretical Physics or PhD in Theoretical Physics near completion. 

2.        The ability to carry out research in areas of Theoretical Physics relevant to the grant which has significant levels of originality, innovation and depth 

3.        Willingness to participate in Theoretical Physics seminars and other related activities 

4.        Ability and willingness to work effectively on personal initiative as well as in a team 

Desirable criteria

1.        Good presentational skills 

2.        Ability to communicate and convey intellectual enthusiasm 

3.        Good interpersonal / team working skills 

* 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.