Research Associate in Theoretical Particle Physics and Cosmology

London (Central), London (Greater) (GB)
£38,304 to £40,414 per annum including London Weighting Allowance
Friday, 27 November 2020
End of advertisement period
Sunday, 27 December 2020
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Job description

We invite applications for a two-year Research Associate position in the Theoretical Particle Physics and Cosmology (TPPC) Group of the Department of Physics at King's College London. The Research Associate will undertake research at the intersection between Particle Physics, Astrophysics and Cosmology in the framework of the Atom Interferometer Observatory and Network (AION) Collaboration, on topics such as ultralight dark matter, gravitational waves and probes of fundamental physics.

The position will start on 1 October 2021 and the Research Associate will be expected to carry out research in Theoretical Physics that has significant levels of originality, innovation and depth. They will be expected to participate in the activities of the TPPC Group and the AION Collaboration, and to undertake other duties as required by the Principal Investigator.

TPPC group members work on particle physics beyond the Standard Model, particle astrophysics, gravitational physics and applications of theoretical physics. The Research Associate will be expected to work primarily with members of the TPPC Group members that are part of the AION Collaboration: John Ellis (PI), Diego Blas and Christopher McCabe. We also encourage interactions with other senior members of the TPPC group, including Bobby Acharya, Jean Alexandre, Malcolm Fairbairn, Eugene Lim, Nick Mavromatos, Mairi Sakellariadou, Sarben Sarkar.

The Physics Department (Interim Head: Dr Chris Lorenz) is located on the Strand Campus of King's College London, along the banks of the River Thames in the heart of London. It is a warm, friendly department, with an inclusive culture and excellent relations between staff and students, who report high levels of satisfaction and have excellent employment prospects. We are fortunate to have high quality staff from countries all over the world: France, Germany, Italy, USA, Russia, Greece, Spain and many more. The diversity of our staff is something we celebrate along with the diversity of our students, who also come from a broad range of backgrounds.

Diversity is positively encouraged with a number of family-friendly policies, including the operation of a core-hours policy, the right to flexible working and to a reduced workload following periods of extended absence, for example maternity leave. We offer high levels of support for disabled students and staff. There are regular social events and the Departmental ethos is that we support each other and work as a team.

This is a full-time post offered on a fixed term contract for 24 months or until 30 September 2023.

Key responsibilities

  • Develop research objectives and proposals for own or joint research, with the assistance of a mentor
  • Conduct individual and collaborative research projects
  • Work with colleagues on joint projects as required
  • Collaborate with academic colleagues on areas of shared research interest
  • Contribute to publications arising from this project
  • Write up research work for publication
  • Continually update knowledge and understanding in field
  • Translate knowledge of advances in the subject area into research activity
  • Use new research techniques and methods
  • Identify areas for research, develop new research methods and extend the research portfolio
  • Develop and undertake research of high quality consistent with making a full active research contribution
  • Contribute fully to developing and enhancing the research profile of the Department, School and College, including establishing a track record of high quality publications
  • Work as a conscientious and committed member of the team in order to achieve the aims of the projects
  • Attend and contribute to relevant meetings
  • Attend and, as appropriate, present research findings and papers at internal academic meetings and external professional conferences, and contribute to the internal and external visibility of the department
  • Be committed to your own personal career development
  • Participate in educational activities as appropriate to the stage of your career
  • Undertake such specific departmental roles and functions as may be reasonably required e.g. rotation as seminar programme co-ordinator

The above list of responsibilities may not be exhaustive, and the post holder will be required to undertake such tasks and responsibilities as may reasonably be expected within the scope and grading of the post.

Skills, knowledge, and experience

Essential criteria

  • The applicant should have a PhD degree in Theoretical Physics
  • Have a track record of high-quality research in Theoretical Physics that demonstrates significant levels of originality, innovation and depth
  • Have a track record of high-quality research published in prestigious academic journals in a relevant research area
  • Excellent knowledge of physics at the intersection of Particle Physics, Astrophysics and Cosmology
  • Experience in carrying out research in the area of Theoretical Physics in an academic environment
  • Enthusiasm for research in Theoretical Physics
  • Ability to work as a conscientious and committed member of a team
  • Good interpersonal and team working skills
  • Willingness to contribute in Theoretical Physics seminars and other related activities
  • Willingness to contribute to the activities of the AION Collaboration

Desirable criteria

  • Good presentational and writing skills
  • Ability to work to and meet deadlines
  • Ability to teach Theoretical Physics

Further information

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

There are number of areas where we are underrepresented at King's. We
particularly encourage applications from those who are BAME and/or LGBTQ+
and/or have a disability.
King's is an inclusive and welcoming university. We embrace diversity and want
everyone to be able to bring their whole selves to work and succeed. We promote
flexible working as a key enabler of inclusion.
King's College London offers a wide range of staff benefits. For the full
comprehensive list of staff benefits please refer to our website:

This advertisement does meet the requirements for a Certificate of Sponsorship under Home Office regulations therefore the university will be able to offer sponsorship for this role.