Theoretical Physics

World leading research in some of the most exciting areas of theoretical physics including string theory, quantum field theory, cosmology, quantum foundations and gravity

Welcome to the Theoretical Physics Group at Imperial College! The Group was founded in 1956 by Nobel Laureate Abdus Salam and we have written a brief history of the Group. We carry out world-leading research in some of the most exciting areas of theoretical physics including string theory, quantum field theory, cosmology, quantum foundations, and gravity. We have a dynamic PhD programme and we offer a one year MSc Course which provides a focussed training to begin research at a PhD level.  


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Major Grant Awards and Prizes

  • Prof. Mike Duff has been awarded the 2017 Paul Dirac Medal and Prize from the Institute of Physics
  • Advanced ERC Grant, "Gauge theory - string theory duality: maximally supersymmetric case and beyond", Tseytlin
  • Advanced ERC Grant, "Gravity, black holes and strongly coupled quantum matter", Gauntlett
  • Consolidator ERC Grant, "Massive Gravity and Cosmology”, de Rham
  • EPSRC Programme Grant, "New Geometric structures from string theory", Hull et al
  • STFC Consolidated Grant, "M-theory, cosmology and quantum field theory", Gauntlett et al

Postdoctoral Vacancies and Fellowships

  • We expect to have postdoctoral positions in the Theory group at Imperial starting in Autumn 2018. Application details will be provided later.
  • We also expect to support fellowship applications for awards starting in 2018. Note the group and department have internal deadlines for applications which are well before the official deadline.  The internal deadlines vary with the fellowship but some are as early as 27th July 2017

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