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Institute for Particle Physics Phenomenology

Job Details:

Title:Lecturer or Reader in Theoretical Physics
Position:Senior
Location:U. Edinburgh, Higgs Ctr. Theor. Phys.
Contact:Gardi, Einan
Closing Date:2021-02-12

Job Description:

Lecturer or Reader in Theoretical Physics

Grade UE08 (£41,526 - £49,553) or UE09 (£52,559 - £59,135)

College of Science & Engineering, School of Physics & Astronomy, Higgs Centre for Theoretical Physics

Open ended contract, 35 hours per week

Applications are invited for an academic position at the Higgs Centre for Theoretical Physics, in the University of Edinburgh School of Physics and Astronomy. This position follows the recent appointment of Neil Turok as the Higgs Chair of Theoretical Physics, and forms part of a strategic initiative to expand the Higgs Centre.

The Opportunity:

The Higgs Centre’s goal is to promote excellent research in theoretical physics, seeking to answer fundamental questions about Nature. Our vision is to create bridges between disciplines and to place excellent graduate school education in synergy with cutting-edge research. In the eight years since the Centre was established, we have started to realise this vision and we have created a wealth of scientific activity. This effort has recently been further boosted with the appointment of Neil Turok as the inaugural Higgs Chair, demonstrating the long-term commitment of the University of Edinburgh to this field.

With this new position, we aim to bring an outstanding theoretical physicist to join the Centre. We seek a highly creative researcher who will set up an original and ambitious research programme which furthers our fundamental understanding of the laws of Nature. The position is open to researchers in any area of theoretical physics. You are expected to have a broad perspective and promote ideas that connect disciplines in physics and/or physics and mathematics.

The Higgs Centre is committed to promoting diversity in theoretical physics and we specially encourage application from women or other under-represented groups.

For informal enquiries, please contact Prof Neil Turok (nturok@ed.ac.uk) or Prof Einan Gardi (einan.gardi@ed.ac.uk).

The appointment will be at either Lecturer (UE08) or Reader (UE09) level.
Please apply online and upload your CV, list of publications, a research statement and a covering letter including the names and email addresses of (at least) three referees.

Please also arrange to have three letters of reference sent to ann.calder@ed.ac.uk before the closing date.

Your skills and attributes for success: 

  • PhD and significant further research experience in theoretical physics
  • Capacity to develop academic leadership
  • Significant, and growing, international recognition
  • Good understanding of the wider discipline
  • Ability to develop research proposals and win support for them
  • Ability and commitment to work with research students and postdoctoral researchers 
  • Commitment to excellent teaching of undergraduate and post-graduate courses
  • Excellent communication, presentation and organisational skills.

Click here for a copy of the full job description

As a valued member of our team you can expect: 
An exciting, positive, creative, challenging and rewarding place to work. The Higgs Centre nurtures excellence and encourages a broad perspective and free exchange of ideas. You will enjoy a collaborative atmosphere and a thriving research environment. 

As a member of Academic Staff at the University of Edinburgh, you will benefit from a 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 Tier 2/Skilled Worker Visa.

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