Research Associate

London (Greater) (GB)
Grade 6, £38,304 to £45,026 per annum, including London Weighting
29 Oct 2020
End of advertisement period
27 Nov 2020
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Job description

Applications are invited for a Research Associate post in Theoretical Physics in the Department of Mathematics at King's College London.
The Theoretical Physics group conducts research in supersymmetry, string and related areas. The permanent members of the group are Dr Dionysios Anninos, Dr Benjamin Doyon, Professor Nadav Drukker, Professor Nikolay Gromov, Professor Christopher Herzog, Professor Neil Lambert, Professor Sameer Murthy, Professor George Papadopoulos, Dr Andreas Recknagel, Professor Gerard Watts and Professor Peter West.
This is a fixed-term post for 8 months, and is funded by the European Research Council (ERC) research project QBH. Candidates should have the potential to carry out research which has high levels of originality, innovation and depth that may lead to significant impact on their field over the long term, and have expertise related to the areas of black hole microstate counting and AdS/CFT correspondence.

Responsibility to: Professor Sameer Murthy (Principal Investigator)

The post is available as of 1 January 2021

This post is a full-time fixed-term contract for 8 months

Key responsibilities

  • 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.
  • Work as a conscientious and committed member of the team in order to achieve the aims of the QBH ERC projects.
  • Provide help in organizing conferences and workshops as a part of the ERC project.
  • Undertake such specific departmental roles and functions as may be reasonably required e.g. rotation as seminar programme co-ordinator.
  • Develop and undertake research of high quality consistent with making a full active research contribution, including establishing a track record of high quality publications.
  • Conduct individual and collaborative research projects.
  • Write up research work for publication.
  • Continually update knowledge and understanding in field of research.
  • Translate knowledge of advances in the subject area into research activity.
  • Foster inter-disciplinary working within the department.
  • Actively follow King's policies including equality of opportunity, data protection, etc.

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

  • PhD or equivalent awarded in Theoretical Physics or Mathematics, or PhD or equivalent in Theoretical Physics or Mathematics near completion by the start date of the post.
  • Evidence of high levels of originality in their published papers on Theoretical and Mathematical Physics.
  • A good technical understanding of the area of research of the “QBH” ERC project: black hole microstate counting, superconformal index of super Yang-Mills theory, AdS/CFT correspondence. Good understanding of the current state of the art in methods to calculate microstate degeneracy.
  • Research experience in Theoretical Physics and in the areas closely related to the “QBH” ERC research project (subjects as in previous point)
  • Competence in spoken and written English
  • High research productivity and reasonably fast pace of project completion
  • Ability to work in a team

Desirable criteria

  • Good presentation and communication skills
  • Possess an underlying vision which motivates their research
  • Good organisational skills (experience in organizing scientific events)

Please note that this is a PhD level role but candidates who have submitted their thesis and are awaiting award of their PhDs will be considered. In these circumstances the appointment will be made at Grade 5, spine point 30 with the title of Research Assistant. Upon confirmation of the award of the PhD, the job title will become Research Associate and the salary will increase to Grade 6.

Further information
Applicants should also arrange for three referee letters and a brief outline of their past and future research to be sent to

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

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