Research Associate in Phenomenology of Particle Physics and Cosmology
Astrophysics Group & Theoretical Physics Group, Department of Physics
South Kensington Campus
Salary range: £36,070 - £43,350 per annum
Fixed Term: up to two years with the possibility of extension, available from 1st October 2017
We are seeking a dynamic researcher to join us to work on Beyond the Standard Model (BSM) global fits and inflationary and vacuum stability consequences. The researcher will work closely with Drs Pat Scott and Roberto Trotta and Prof Arttu Rajantie on: a) developing techniques for employing symbolic QFT methods for initiating BSM global fits, b) performing novel phenomenological analyses with the Global and Modular BSM Inference Tool (GAMBIT), including of models for inflation, and c) investigating inflationary and vacuum stability implications of different BSM models.
The post holder will be expected to contribute to the Department’s teaching activities up to approximately half a day per week during the academic year, as appropriate.
A PhD, or equivalent level of professional qualifications/experience, in theoretical physics with a strong background in phenomenology of particle physics and/or the early Universe, and significant coding experience in C++ and Python, are all essential. Experience working with Beyond the Standard Model global fits, experience in applied statistical methods, inflationary model-building, working with the GAMBIT codebase and/or widely-used symbolic QFT tools (SARAH, MadGraph, CalcHEP, FeynRules, etc), and experience with symbolic computational methods in quantum field theory would be advantageous.
You must have strong communication skills, coupled with an ability to write and speak clearly and succinctly for scientific audiences. You should also exhibit an enthusiastic approach to research, a flexible attitude to work, open-mindedness and the ability to effectively mix leadership and co-operation. Applicants should also demonstrate an ability to develop and apply new concepts, techniques and methods, to work independently and show initiative, and possess a creative approach to problem solving.
This position will be held jointly between the and Astrophysics Group and Theoretical Physics Group within the Fundamental Physics Section of the Department of Physics, located in the Blackett Laboratory. It is initially available for up to two years, but may be extended for a third, pending funding availability.
For an introduction to these Groups please visit http://astro.ic.ac.uk/ and http://imperial.ac.uk/theoretical-physics
Our preferred method of application is online via our website: www.imperial.ac.uk/job-applicants (Please select “Job Search”, then enter the job title or vacancy reference number NS2017003KL into “Keywords”). Please complete and upload an application form as directed, also providing a CV, list of publications, statement of research interests, and the names of three referees..
Should you have any queries about the application process please contact: Louise Hayward, Astrophysics Administrator firstname.lastname@example.org. Please direct scientific queries to Dr Pat Scott email@example.com.
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*Candidates who have not yet been officially awarded their PhD will be appointed as Research Assistant within the salary range £31,740 - £33,370 per annum.
Closing date: 7th February 2017 (midnight GMT)
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