University of Edinburgh, School of Mathematics

Position ID: 713-PDRA4 [#21859, 6033]
Position Title: Postdoctoral Research Associate in Mathematical Physics
Position Type: Postdoctoral
Position Location: Edinburgh, City of EH9 3JZ, United Kingdom [map] sort by distance
Application Deadline: (posted 2022/12/20, listed until 2023/02/26)
Position Description:    

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Postdoctoral Research Associate

Grade 7: £35,333 to £42,155 per annum


Full Time: 35 hours per week

Fixed Term: 2 years OCTOBER 1, 2023 - SEPTEMBER 30, 2025

We are looking for a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Mathematical Physics group to work on non-Lorentzian string theory and related topics.

The Opportunity:

This position will contribute to the Royal Society URF Renewal ``Non-Lorenztian String Theory’’ (URF\R\221038) held by Jelle Hartong. Research activities will be oriented towards exploring non-Lorentzian string theory and wider applications of non-Lorentzian geometry to gravity, and field theory.

Your skills and attributes for success:

PhD (or near completion) in Physics, Theoretical Physics or Mathematical Physics. Experience of working with quantum (conformal) field theory, general relativity, string theory and preferably also holographic techniques.

Experience in delivering research results in an academic context; e.g. a record of peer-reviewed journal and conference presentations. Capability to work independently, exercising a high degree of initiative and demonstrating a proactive and flexible approach to work

Application instructions

Applications should be submitted before 9th of January 2023 (5pm UK time). Please upload a CV and a brief research statement (less than 3 pages) and provide the names and contact details of at least three referees. The referees will be approached for letters after the long-listing process.

Please feel free to contact our HR team at regarding any technical issues, and address any enquiries regarding the position to Jelle Hartong (

As a valued member of our team you can expect:

An exciting, positive, creative, challenging and rewarding place to work. Our research team belongs to the Mathematical Physics community in Edinburgh splitting across two universities : Heriot-Watt University and the University of Edinburgh, where it further splits across the School of Physics and Astronomy and the School of Mathematics. We are all members of the Higgs Centre for Theoretical Physics. Our research covers a wide range of topics, including holography and AdS/CFT, classical and quantum black holes, non-Lorentzian geometry, supersymmetric and topological quantum field theories, string theory, gauge theory amplitudes and integrability, and it is supported by many faculty members, PDRAs and around 20 graduate students. The group is committed to providing you the support needed to nurture your talent.

As a member of Academic Staff at the University of Edinburgh, you will benefit from a competitive reward package and a wide range of staff benefits, which includes a generous holiday entitlement, a defined benefits pension scheme, staff discounts, family friendly initiatives, flexible working and much more. Access our staff benefits page for further information and use our reward calculator to find out the total value of pay and benefits provided.

The University of Edinburgh holds a Silver Athena SWAN award in recognition of our commitment to advance gender equality in higher education. We are members of the Race Equality Charter and we are also Stonewall Scotland Diversity Champions, actively promoting LGBT equality.

If invited for interview you will be required to evidence your right to work in the UK. Further information is available on our right to work webpages.

The University is able to sponsor the employment of international workers in this role.  If successful, an international applicant requiring sponsorship to work in the UK will need to satisfy the UK Home Office’s English Language requirements and apply for and secure a Skilled Worker Visa.

About Us As a world-leading research-intensive University, we are here to address tomorrow’s greatest challenges. Between now and 2030 we will do that with a values-led approach to teaching, research and innovation, and through the strength of our relationships, both locally and globally. About the Team The School of Mathematics is one of the world’s leading mathematical sciences departments, home to internationally excellent researchers and to an innovative educational environment for both undergraduates and postgraduates. Our location in the beautiful and historic capital of Scotland puts us in the centre of a vibrant community of academics, cultural institutions, industry partners and research institutes.

As a School we value both the breadth and depth of our mathematical research. We have over seventy permanent members of academic staff and over twenty research fellows and research associates, who come from across the world and together cover a broad range of research topics in pure and applied mathematics, operational research and statistics. Our Graduate School has over eighty research students and over one hundred MSc students, and our postgraduate provision has gone from strength to strength with the recent introduction of Doctoral Training Centres in Analysis and its Applications, and in Data Science. We have close links with the School of Informatics and are actively involved in current data science developments, particularly as one of the 5 UK-wide partners in the Alan Turing Institute.

The School is passionate about delivering a world-leading educational environment for its students and is constantly exploring new ideas in mathematical education in order to provide a stimulating learning environment. Quantitative skills have never been more in demand in the world, and our students graduate with strong skills in critical thinking, independent learning and communication. Within 6 months of graduating, 93% of our students are in full-time employment or study. In 2010 the Teaching Programme review "welcomed the excellent quality of education" provided by the School.

The School of Mathematics is dedicated to valuing and celebrating diversity, and ensuring equality of opportunity for all staff, students, and visitors. We are committed to creating a community which is inclusive and respectful of all our staff and students, and their lived experiences.

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