Applications are welcomed for postdoctoral positions funded by the theory group and for fellowships funded externally but held at the theory group. Find out more below.
The research interests of the group include cosmology, quantum field theory, string theory, quantum gravity, supersymmetry and quantum foundations. Find out more about our work via our research and people webpages.
Postdoctoral and fellowship opportunities
Internal Postdoctoral Positions for Autumn 2021
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.
Applicants for external fellowships to be held in the Theory group at Imperial should see the separate fellowships tab on this page.
Postdoctoral positions in String Theory
Applications are invited for a two-year position. Please submit pdf files of your CV, list of publications and summary of research accomplishments and interests, and arrange for at least three letters of recommendation to be submitted electronically to academicjobsonline.org. Deadline for applications is 17 December 2020
Applications are welcomed for fellowships sponsored by research councils and other bodies. Details of many available schemes are shown on the departmental Research Fellowships page. Please read those pages and the information below carefully.
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 half 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
- a 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. Further information on fellowships follows.
UKRI Future Leaders Fellowships
UK Research and Innovation are supporting several new 4+3-year fellowship aimed at early career researchers and innovators with outstanding potential. There is a possibility that these positions convert into permanent research appointments at the end of the fellowship. If you are interested in applying please contact Prof Daniel Waldram.
- UKRI Future Leaders Fellowships (next round not yet announced)
Imperial College Research Fellowships
Four-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 Research Fellowship (next round August 2022, with applications and discussions with group well in advance)
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 (internal deadline 6 July 2022)
EPSRC (Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council) also offer postdoctoral fellowships 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 applications in the specific areas ("Statistics and Applied Probability", "Mathematical aspects of operational research", "Intradisciplinary Research" and "New Connections from Mathematical Sciences"). It is possible that in certain special cases this includes work done by our Group. Applications are also possible 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 (typically opens in February)
- Royal Society Dorothy Hodgkin Fellowships (internal deadline 1 September 2022)
- Royal Society University Research Fellowships (internal deadline 6 July 2022)
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 eligible host. A lot of internal work is needed for these applications so again please contact us well before any deadline.
Note that Imperial does not support Marie Skłodowska-Curie Global Individual Fellowships.
- Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851 for researchers with <4 years post PhD (internal deadline December 2022)
- Daphne Jackson Fellowships for researchers returning from a career break (no deadline)