Postdoctoral Researcher in Theoretical Particle Physics

Sydney, Australia
AU$95,000 - AU$98,000 per annum + 17% Super
25 Jan 2022
End of advertisement period
27 Feb 2022
Academic Discipline
Physical Sciences, Physics & Astronomy
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time
  • Full time 2 years fixed term employment, located on the Camperdown Campus at the School of Physics
  • Opportunity to contribute to research focused on theoretical particle physics
  • Base Salary Level A $95K - $98K p.a. + 17% superannuation

About the opportunity

The Particle Physics Group at the University of Sydney invites qualified applicants to apply for a Postdoctoral Research Associate in Theoretical Particle Physics. The position is supported by the Australian Research Council to work with Associate Professor Archil Kobakhidze (Chief Investigator) and Professor Mikhail Shaposhnikov (EPFL, Partner Investigator) on the Discovery Project "Scale invariance: A new paradigm for particle physics and cosmology". The primary objective of this project is to elucidate the role of scale/conformal invariance in particle physics and gravity and work out phenomenological and cosmological implications.

Your key responsibilities will be to:

  • conduct research within the project "Scale invariance: A new paradigm for particle physics and cosmology" independently and in collaboration with the project participants
  • publish original work in high-impact journals
  • apply for additional research funds if appropriate
  • co-supervise undergraduate and postgraduate research students
  • participate and deliver talks at national and international conferences and workshops
  • participate in research activities of the group (e.g., journal clubs, seminars, conference organisation, etc.

The School of Physics at the University of Sydney is the leading Physics department in the country, with outstanding staff and students undertaking world-leading teaching and research. Our 114 academic staff and 157 postgraduate students conduct research across a vast range of disciplines: astronomy and space science, particle and astroparticle physics, quantum physics, optics and photonics, complex system physics and applied physics and material science. The Particle Physics Group consist of three senior academics (2 experimentalists and 1 theoretician), 2 senior postdoctoral researchers (1 experimentalist and 1 theoretician) and several PhD and Honours students. The group maintains close collaboration with the Astroparticle Physics Group and the colleagues from the University of New South Wales within the Sydney Consortium for Particle Physics and Cosmology (Sydney CPPC).

The School of Physics is committed to creating a diverse workplace by improving equity, access and opportunity. We want to create an environment where individuality is welcomed and celebrated. We are continuously working to identify and remove biases and barriers in an effort to make our workplace open, supportive and safe for everyone.

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About you

The University values courage and creativity; openness and engagement; inclusion and diversity; and respect and integrity. As such, we see the importance of recruiting talent aligned to these values and are looking for a Postdoctoral Research Associate in Theoretical Particle Physics who has:

  • a PhD (or near completion) in theoretical particle physics
  • a strong background in one (or more) of the following research areas: quantum field theory and phenomenology, model building and particle cosmology
  • the proven track record of high-quality research output
  • the ability to work independently as well to collaborate with project participants
  • the ability to supervise students at undergraduate and postgraduate levels
  • experience in delivering of research seminars and conference presentations
  • good written and oral communications skills and the ability to interact with a variety of academics and public.

Pre-employment checks

Your employment is conditional upon the completion of all role required pre-employment or background checks in terms satisfactory to the University. Similarly, your ongoing employment is conditional upon the satisfactory maintenance of all relevant clearances and background check requirements. If you do not meet these conditions, the University may take any necessary step, including the termination of your employment.

EEO statement

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How to apply

Applications (including a cover letter, CV, list of publications and the statement of research interests) can be submitted via the Apply button at the top of the page.

Please also arrange at least 2 reference letters to be sent to Helen Efstathiou, Recruitment Consultant at by the same deadline by 27 February 2022.

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