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Job id: 082905. Salary: £45,521 per annum, including London Weighting Allowance.

Posted: 22 January 2024. Closing date: 25 February 2024.

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

Contact details: Paola Ruggiero.

Location: Strand Campus. Category: Research.

Job description 

The Department of Mathematics at King’s College London invites applications for 1 postdoctoral research associate position for a duration of 24 months starting in October 2024. 

The successful candidate will work in collaboration with Dr Paola Ruggiero on several projects related to quantum many-body systems, with particular interest in the regime when they are inhomogeneous and out-of-equilibrium, and they are well described via hydrodynamics theories and quantum corrections to that. They will be supported by EPSRC under the grant EP/Y015363/1, “QUantum Emergent Hydrodynamics of integrable many-body Systems: from Theory to applications and experimental validation”. 

The ideal candidate will hold a PhD in theoretical/condensed matter physics, at least some programming skills, together with a keen interest and some technical skills in analytical exact results. 

The post is offered at a competitive salary (Grade 6, Spine Point 33 on the KCL salary scale), and includes provisions for travel money, computing equipment, and academic and leadership training.

This post will be offered on a fixed-term contract for 24 months 

This is a full-time post

Key responsibilities

  • Conduct international-level research in the field of many-body quantum systems
  • Participate actively in the Departmental and Faculty life and be available and proactive in offering help on student supervision.
  • Meet regularly with the other team members
  • Present the team’s work in national and international conferences and gatherings
  • Establish and widen their network of international collaborators

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 in physics (theoretical physics, statistical/condensed matter physics or related areas)

2. Technical and analytical skills in some of the areas listed above

3. Solid track record of publications

4. Robust presentation skills

5. Competence in spoken and written English

6. Ability to work in a team

Desirable criteria

1. Some programming experience

2. Some field theory knowledge

* 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.