Lecturer or Reader in Theoretical Physics




U. Edinburgh (main)


Neil Turok

Closing Date:


Deadline: October 7th, 2022


Applications are invited for an academic staff position at the Higgs Centre for Theoretical Physics, in the University of Edinburgh School of Physics and Astronomy. This position follows the appointment of Neil Turok as the inaugural 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 achieve breakthroughs in our basic understanding of the universe. Our work spans a broad range of disciplines, covering all length and time scales. We place graduate school education in synergy with cutting-edge research. In the decade since the Higgs Centre was established, we have begun to realise this vision by creating a wealth of scientific activity and world-leading research. The appointment of Neil Turok as inaugural Higgs Chair in 2020, five new faculty and two five-year Higgs fellows in 2021, https://higgs.ph.ed.ac.uk/people/recent-appointments-21, this new position and planned future positions demonstrate the University of Edinburgh’s commitment to building the Higgs Centre into a world leading focal point for theoretical physics. 
With this new appointment, we aim to bring an outstanding theoretical physicist to the Centre. We seek a highly creative researcher pursuing an original, ambitious research programme. The position is open to researchers in any area of theoretical physics, but we will particularly welcome applications from candidates who pursuing innovative approaches to theoretical particle physics, astrophysics and cosmology, connecting those fields with other areas in physics and mathematics.
The Higgs Centre is committed to promoting diversity in theoretical physics and we specially encourage applications from women and applicants from other under-represented groups.

The University will formally request letters of reference for all longlisted candidates from their nominated referees. These letters are only consulted once longlisting is completed.
Nevertheless, candidates are welcome to invite referees to submit reference letters in advance to: admin-hr@ph.ed.ac.uk

The appointment will be at either Lecturer (Grade UE08, £43,414 - £51,805) or Reader (Grade UE09, £54,949 - £61,823) level, depending on experience.

Contact: Neil Turok

Letters of Reference should be sent to: Neil.Turok@ed.ac.uk