Applications are welcomed for postdoctoral positions funded by the theory group and for fellowships funded externally but held at the theory group. Details of these are on other tabs on this web page.
The research interests of the group include cosmology, quantum field theory, string theory, quantum gravity, supersymmetry and quantum foundations. Details of opportunities
Internal Postdoctoral Positions for Autumn 2017
Applications are welcomed for postdoctoral positions and Fellowships in the theory group. The research interests of the group include cosmology, quantum field theory, string theory, quantum gravity, supersymmetry and quantum foundations.
We expect to have internal postdoctoral research associate positions starting in Autumn 2017. Details on how to apply are given below.
Applicants for external fellowships to be held in the Theory group at Imperial should see the separate Fellowships tab on this page.
Research Associate Positions in “Gravity, black holes and strongly coupled matter” for Autumn 2017
Applications are invited for up to three Research Associate (RA) positions in the Theoretical Physics Group of the Department of Physics at Imperial College London. Appointments will be for two years, but there is a possibility of an extension depending on future funding. The positions are funded primarily by an ERC Advanced Grant titled “Gravity, black holes and strongly coupled matter”. The RA will work with Professor Jerome Gauntlett and will also interact with other members of the Theory Group. Starting date will be 1st October 2017. For more details on these Research Associate Positions in “Gravity, black holes and strongly coupled matter” see the notice on Academic Jobs Online.
Research Associate Positions in “String theory, supersymmetric quantum field theory, the AdS/CFT correspondence” for Autumn 2017
Applications are invited for a Research Associate (RA) position in the Theoretical Physics Group of the Department of Physics at Imperial College London. Appointments will be for two years, but there is a possibility of an extensions depending on future funding. The position is funded primarily by the EPSRC programme grant “New Geometric Structures from String Theory. The RA will work with Professor Chris Hull, Professor Jerome Gauntlett, Professor Dan Waldram and Professor Amihay Hanany and will also interact with other members of the Theory Group. For more details see the notice on Academic Jobs Online. The closing date is 22 December 2016.
Research Associate Positions in “Theoretical and observational tests of modified gravity, cosmology, quantum field theory, effective field theory approaches” for Autumn 2017
Up to two Research Associate (RA) positions in the Theoretical Physics Group of the Department of Physics at Imperial College London. Appointments will be for two years, with possibility of an extension for up to five years in total for exceptional candidates. The positions are funded by an ERC Consolidator Grant titled “Massive Gravity and Cosmology”. The RA will work with Dr Claudia de Rham and will also interact with other members of the Theory Group. For more details see the notice on Academic Jobs Online. Closing date 03 January 2017.
Research Associate in Phenomenology of Particle Physics and Cosmology
We are seeking a dynamic researcher to join us to work on Beyond the Standard Model (BSM) global fits and inflationary and vacuum stability consequences. The researcher will work closely with Drs Pat Scott and Roberto Trotta and Prof Arttu Rajantie on:
a) developing techniques for employing symbolic QFT methods for initiating BSM global fits,
b) performing novel phenomenological analyses with the Global and Modular BSM Inference Tool (GAMBIT), including of models for inflation, and
c) investigating inflationary and vacuum stability implications of different BSM models.
This position will be held jointly between the and Astrophysics Group and Theoretical Physics Group within the Fundamental Physics Section of the Department of Physics, located in the Blackett Laboratory. It is initially available for up to two years, but may be extended for a third, pending funding availability. Our preferred method of application is online via our website: www.imperial.ac.uk/job-applicants (Please select “Job Search”, then enter the job title or vacancy reference number NS2017003KL into “Keywords”). Closing date is 2nd February 2017.
Applications are welcomed for fellowships sponsored by research councils and other bodies. Details of many available schemes are shown on the departmental Applications for Research Council Fellowships page. Please read those pages and the information below carefuly.
IMPORTANT: You must make sure that your complete application is at Imperial before our internal deadlines, which are shown below where known. Note that these are often substantially earlier than deadlines of the external funding body and they are absolute deadlines. The Physics Department has quotas for many of the fellowships below (such as those from the UK research councils) in which case the department decides which applicants from all the research groups will be put forward. Last year, less than a third of applicants to the theory group for fellowships with a department quota were supported by the physics department. Those who are accepted are then invited to prepare a full application, with help from the theory group. This takes quite some time, which is why the internal deadlines are so early.
If you are thinking of applying, first contact a member of the permanent academic staff closest to your area of research to discuss the suitability of applying for a Fellowship. If it is confirmed that your case is suitable for further consideration for the Departmental quota, then by the relevant closing date given below, send an email to email@example.com . This should have the following PDF attachments:
- publication list
- brief summary of past research
- research proposal
The subject line should contain your surname, the fellowship you are applying for, and your main research area or areas (e.g. string theory, field theory, cosmology, quantum gravity, other). Include the name of the Theory Group contact, the names and email addresses of three referees, and arrange three letters of recommendation to be sent by email to
firstname.lastname@example.org by the internal deadline date given below. These reference e-mails should have the applicant's name in the subject of the message. The research proposal should summarise the research that will be the basis of the fellowship application. It does not need to follow the application guidelines of the relevant fellowship scheme. You may find it useful to discuss your application with your Theory Group contact.
We will contact you after the departmental selection process to inform you of the outcome. If successful, you will need to fill out this form. Further information on fellowships follows.
Imperial College Junior Research Fellowships
Three-year fellowships for early-career researchers. Applicants need to identify a College sponsor who will act as their mentor and help them develop their research. Please get in touch with your sponsor well before the internal department deadline.
Imperial College Junior Research Fellowships (The internal department deadline is 5th September 2016)
STFC (Science and Technology Facilities Council) have five year Ernest Rutherford Fellowships which cover particle physics and cosmology. These are aimed at experienced, high profile postdocs.
- STFC Ernest Rutherford Fellowships (5 years) (Our deadline 5th August 2016)
EPSRC (Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council) also offer postdoctoral fellowsh ips that can be taken at Imperial. There is a three year Postdoctoral scheme and a five year Early Career scheme. We have had success with the applications in Mathematical Sciences scheme, which covers areas such as string theory, quantum gravity and field theory. However EPSRC has recently announced that they are only supporting applic ations in the specific area of "Statistics and Applied Probability" until further notice. This leaves applications in "Theoretical Physics" with the Physical Sciences scheme which covers areas such as condensed matter theory, superconductivity and quantum fluids. There is no deadline for these, so please contact a member of permanent academic staff about the possibility of applying.
- EPSRC Fellowships (No deadline )
The Royal Society runs a number of fellowship schemes, including five-year University Research Fellowships , two-year Newton International Fellowships, flexible Dorothy Hodgkin Fellowships designed for those with family commitments.
- Newton International Fellowships (deadlines typically February 2017)
- Royal Society Dorothy Hodgkin Fellowships (typically start of December 2016)
- Royal Society University Research Fellowships (internal deadline 5th August 2016)
The EU has several programmes which provide postdoctoral fellowships. Note that the UK is a full member of these schemes and will be for some time making the Theory group at Imperial a fully elligible host. A lot of internal work is needed for these applications so again please contact us well before any deadline.
- ERC Starting Grants (deadlines TBA)
- Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowships (deadline typically early September)