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Research Fellow in Field Theory Modelling for Laboratory Analogues of the Early Universe

UCL Physics and Astronomy

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UCL, Gower Street, London, UK


  • Posted on: 08th Jan 2021
  • Salary: £36,028 - £43,533 per annum
  • REF: 1873992
  • Closes: 28th February 2021
  • Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
  • Hours: Part Time

Duties and Responsibilities

We are pleased to invite applications for a new postdoctoral position funded by STFC/EPSRCs Quantum Technologies for Fundamental Physics (QTFP) programme. UCL Physics and Astronomy has a strong involvement with this programme, and provides a world-class environment for research at the intersection of different strands of physics.

Specifically, we are seeking a postdoctoral researcher who will work on computational modelling of non-linear and non-equilibrium phenomena, as related to ultra-cold atom BEC simulations of the early universe. The post-holder will be based in the Cosmoparticle Hub in the Kathleen Lonsdale Building (www.ucl.ac.uk/cosmoparticle).

The post-holder will work as part of a new interdisciplinary consortium (qsimfp.org) uniting the quantum technology and fundamental physics communities. The post-holder will build on an existing pseudospectral codebase, developed in collaboration with our international collaborators. Modelling will initially focus on providing input to guide experimental design of a quantum simulator of early-universe dynamics based on an ultra-cold BEC system, which is being built by collaborators at the University of Cambridge. There will be significant scope to develop novel approaches for studying early universe physics in the laboratory.

The start date is nominally 1 April, with some flexibility in either direction. The post is funded by STFC until 31 Oct 2023 in the first instance.

Key Requirements

The post-holder will have completed a PhD in theoretical physics, cosmology, theoretical condensed matter physics, field theory or a related area. They will have a track record of publication in physics journals and preferably experience of communicating their research at national and international conferences. Experience of using high performance computing for modelling non-equilibrium phenomena would be highly advantageous.

Candidates should also have a track record of performing, publishing and communicating high-performance field theory simulations, a broad understanding of relevant developments in their field, excellent written and verbal communication, and ability to write computer code as required.

Appointment at Grade 7 is dependent upon having been awarded a PhD; if this is not the case, initial appointment will be at research assistant Grade 6B (salary 31,542 – 33,257 per annum, inclusive of London Allowance) with payment at Grade 7 being backdated to the date of final submission of the PhD thesis.

Further Details

A job description and person specification can be accessed at the bottom of this page.

To apply for the vacancy please click on the Apply Now button below.

Candidates will need to upload a CV (including a list of publications), a statement of research interests and plans (3 pages maximum), and the contact information for three references. A cover letter can be included using the Statement in Support of your Application section of the online form. Applicants should arrange for three letters of reference to be emailed to anita.maguire@ucl.ac.uk by the application deadline.

If you have any queries regarding the application process, please contact Anita Maguire (anita.maguire@ucl.ac.uk)

Informal enquiries regarding the vacancy can be made to Prof Hiranya Peiris (h.peiris@ucl.ac.uk)

UCL Taking Action for Equality

We will consider applications to work on a part-time, flexible and job share basis wherever possible.

Closing Date

28 Feb 2021

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