Particle physics research

Research Associate in Theoretical Particle Physics at ROYAL HOLLOWAY, UNIVERSITY OF LONDON

Location: Egham

Salary: £37,467 to £44,289 per year – including London allowance

Post type: Full time

Closing Date: 11.59pm BST on Sunday 18 September 2022

Reference: 0822-386

Full time, CDD

Applications are invited for a Postdoctoral Research Associate in Theoretical Physics in the area of ​​Beyond the Standard Model and Astroparticle Physics, with an emphasis on Dark Matter Theory and Phenomenology, in particular on the use of new quantum sensors to detect low-mass darkness. states of matter. Another goal is the development of the theory and phenomenology of possible new light particles, including, for example, axions and axion-like particles.

You must have a PhD in theoretical particle/astroparticle physics or a closely related field. The position is available to start immediately and is fixed term until June 2024 with the possibility of extension.

The position is funded by two projects, the first is QUEST-DMC, a joint project between RHUL, Lancaster, Oxford and Sussex focused on building a new experimental platform at Lancaster University to research particle interactions of sub-GeV dark matter, combining a macroscopic quantum system, superfluid helium-3 (3He), with quantum-enhanced calorimetry. The role of RA will provide information on sensitivity studies for the new experiment.

The second project is “Quantum Sensors for the Hidden Sector” or QSHS. The purpose of the experiment is to search for axions and axion-like particles using advanced quantum electronics and quantum measurement techniques. The collaboration works with the Axion Dark Matter Experiment (ADMX), which is currently the world leader in dark matter axion sensing. The aim is to develop a new high frequency axion target to integrate into the existing ADMX apparatus, as well as to develop our own state-of-the-art research instrumentation for axion and ALP research in the UK.

The successful candidate will be strongly encouraged to work with all theoretical members of the two collaborations, including Dr Edward Hardy (Liverpool), Professor John March-Russell (Oxford) and Professor Stephen West (Royal Holloway), and to develop interactions with experimental members of both groups.

In return, we offer a highly competitive rewards and benefits package including:

  • Generous annual leave
  • Training and development opportunities
  • Pension plan with generous employer contribution
  • Various programs, including Cycle to Work, subscription loans and help with the cost of eye tests.

The position is based in Egham, Surrey, where RHUL is located in a beautiful leafy campus near Windsor Great Park and within commuting distance of London.

For an informal discussion about the position, please contact Professor Stephen West on [email protected]

To view more details about this position and to apply, please visit and please include: 1) Curriculum Vitae, 2) List of publications, 3) Declaration of research interests. Please arrange for two letters of recommendation to be sent directly to Professor West via [email protected] at the deadline.

Royal Holloway recognizes the importance of helping its employees balance work and personal life by offering flexible working arrangements. We are happy to consider a flexible work request for this position.

Please cite the reference: 0822-386

Closing Date: 11:59 PM, September 18, 2022

Date of interview: To confirm

We particularly welcome applications from women as they are underrepresented at this level in the Physics Department at Royal Holloway, University of London.

Please note that this is one of two RA positions advertised for the Theoretical Physics group. If you wish to be considered for both, please apply to each separately using the RHUL application system.