Two Assistant Professor Positions in Particle Physics Phenomenology




Durham U., IPPP


Michael Spannowsky

Closing Date:


Deadline: January 4th, 2022


The Department of Physics at Durham University seeks to appoint two talented individuals to the role of Assistant Professor in Particle Physics Phenomenology. These posts will be held in the Institute for Particle Physics Phenomenology (IPPP). We welcome applications from those with research and teaching interests in the broad field of particle physics phenomenology, and we are particularly eager to hear from applicants with a focus on theoretical and/or computer simulations with a specialisation in flavour physics, e.g. quark or lepton flavour physics. Candidates should also have a strong record of engagement with experimental particle physics groups.

This post offers an exciting opportunity to make a major contribution to the development of internationally excellent research and teaching while allowing you unrivalled opportunities to progress and embed your career in an exciting and progressive institution. For more information, please visit our Department pages at www.durham.ac.uk/departments/academic/physics and the webpage of the IPPP https://ippp.dur.ac.uk

The Department of Physics is committed to building and maintaining a diverse and inclusive environment. It is pledged to the Athena SWAN charter, where we hold a silver award, and has the status of IoP Juno Champion. We embrace equality and particularly welcome applications from women, black and minority ethnic candidates, and members of other groups that are under-represented in physics. Durham University provides a range of benefits including pension, flexible and/or part time working hours, shared parental leave policy and childcare provision.

To apply and for more information, please follow this link:

Contact Information
Department contact for academic-related enquiries
Professor Michael Spannowsky (michael.spannowsky@durham.ac.uk)
Contact information for technical difficulties when submitting your application
If you encounter technical difficulties when using the online application form, we prefer you send enquiries by email. Please send your name along with a brief description of the problem you’re experiencing to e.recruitment@durham.ac.uk
Alternatively, you may call 0191 334 6801 from the UK, or +44 191 334 6801 from outside the UK. This number operates during the hours of 09.00 and 17.00 Monday to Friday, UK time. We will normally respond within one working day (Monday to Friday, excluding UK public holidays). 
University contact for general queries about the recruitment process
Kasia Kobielski - HR Administrator 

How to Apply 
We prefer to receive applications online.   
Please note that in submitting your application, we will be processing your data. We would ask you to consider the relevant University Privacy Statement https://www.dur.ac.uk/ig/dp/privacy/pnjobapplicants/ which provides information on the collation, storing and use of data. 

Information if you have a disability
The University welcomes applications from disabled people. We are committed to ensuring fair treatment throughout the recruitment process. We will make adjustments to support the interview process wherever it is reasonable to do so and, where successful, adjustments will be made to support people within their role. 
If you are unable to complete your application via our recruitment system, please get in touch with us on e.recruitment@durham.ac.uk

What to Submit
All applicants are asked to submit:
  1. A CV.
  2. A covering letter which details your experience, strengths and potential in the requirements set out above.
  3. A personal research plan, maximum length four pages.
  4. An EDI & values statement - As a University we foster a collegiate community of extraordinary people aligned to the University’s values. Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) are a key part of the University’s Strategy and a central part of everything we do. At Durham we actively work towards providing an environment where our staff and students can study, work and live in a community which is supportive and inclusive, and in doing so, recruit the world’s best candidates from all backgrounds and identities. It’s important to us that all of our colleagues are aligned to both our values and commitment to EDI. We therefore ask that as part of your application you provide a statement (of no more than 1 side of A4) that outlines work which you have been involved in which demonstrates your commitment to EDI and our values.
  5. Two of your most significant pieces of written work. Where possible your written work should have been published or submitted since 2018, however work prior to 2014 may be submitted where candidates have had career breaks.

Where possible we request that you provide web links to these which the hiring Department will access to read your work. The application form contains fields in which to enter each of the web links.
In the event you are unable to provide accessible links to online hosting of your work, your work should be uploaded as PDFs as part of your application in our recruitment system. Please ensure that your PDFs are not larger than 5mb. Please note that your work may be read by colleagues from across the Department and evaluated against the current REF criteria.
Please save all application documents with your name and document type as PDF files.

We will notify you on the status of your application at various points throughout the selection process, via automated emails from our e-recruitment system. Please check your spam/junk folder periodically to ensure you receive all emails.
You should provide details of 3 academic referees and the details of your current line manager so that we may seek an employment reference (if they are not listed as an academic referee). Please note:
  • We shall seek academic references during the application process. Academic referees should not (if possible) include your PhD supervisor(s) and a majority should be from a University other than your own (save for early career applicants applying for their first post).  We would ask that you alert your academic referees to this application as soon as possible, and provide them with a copy of the CV you submit with your application, so that we can quickly obtain references should you be progressed to the interview stage. As part of your application you will be asked whether you give your consent to your academic references being sought should you be invited to attend interview.
  • Academic references sought for short-listed candidates may be made available to the panel during the interview process.
  • We will seek a reference from your current line-manager if we make you an offer of employment (albeit you may have also nominated your line manager as an academic referee). Please clearly indicate which referee is your current line-manager and please let us know if we should only approach them once an offer has been made.

Next Steps
All applications will be considered; our usual practice is for colleagues across the Department to read the submitted work of long-listed candidates.  
Short-listed candidates will be invited to the University, either virtually or in-person and will have the opportunity to meet key members of the Department. The assessment for the post will normally include a presentation on your research and future research goals to staff and students in the Department, an undergraduate teaching exercise followed by an interview and we anticipate that the assessments and interviews will take place over two days April 2022. 
In the event that you are unable to attend in person on the date offered, it may not be possible to offer you an interview on an alternative date.

Contact: Michael Spannowsky

Letters of Reference should be sent to: michael.spannowsky@durham.ac.uk