Postdoctoral Research Associate in Theoretical Particle Physics Ref: 2789

School/department:School of Mathematical and Physical Sciences 
HoursFull time
ContractFixed term for 24 months
Reference: 2789
Salary:Grade 7 starting at £33,797 to £40,322 per annum, pro rata
Placed on: 21 November 2019
Closing date: 3 January 2020. Applications must be received by midnight of the closing date.
Expected interview date: Second week of January 2020
Expected start date01 October 2020

Job description

A postdoctoral research associate is sought to join the South-Eastern Particle Theory Alliance (SEPTA),  a consortium composed of Royal Holloway, University of London, University College London and the University of Sussex. The position is devoted to research in the area of particle astrophysics and cosmology, and will be based at the University of Sussex.

The successful applicant will join a consortium working on particle astrophysics and cosmology, particle physics phenomenology, quantum field theory and quantum gravity.  We are particularly interested in applicants with experience in any of the following fields: dark matter (including the search for light dark matter particles with quantum sensors), gravitational waves, baryogenesis, inflation, phase transitions, cosmic defects, and fundamental theories (including quantum gravity and quantum field theory methods) in astrophysics and cosmology.

Applicants will also benefit from the close links to the Sussex Astronomy Centre and to the Experimental Particle Physics groups at Sussex and RHUL, and from the NExT Institute, a regional particle physics alliance in the South-East of England including the two groups, the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory and the University of Southampton. Sussex is also a founder-member of the COSMOS consortium for the application of High Performance Computing to cosmology in the UK.

The following materials should be sent by email to quoting the job reference number above.

-       Official Sussex application form (available via the University website

-       CV, list of publications, and statement of research interests in a single pdf document

-       Three recommendation letters.

Potential candidates are strongly encouraged to make informal contact with Xavier Calmet (, Stephan Huber (,   or Mark Hindmarsh (

The application deadline is 3rd January December 2020. Late applications may be considered until the post has been filled.

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How to apply

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