Particle physics research

Research Fellow, Theory Group Work at UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHAMPTON

Theory Group

Location: Campus Highfield

Salary: £32,348 to £37,473
Full-time fixed term

Closing Date: Sunday, September 18, 2022

Date of interview: To be confirmed

Reference: 1934622WF

The Southampton High Energy Physics (SHEP) group invites you to join our EPSRC/STFC funded position in Quantum Computation of Quantum Field Theories, starting 1 December 2022 (or as soon as possible thereafter, flexible). The initial appointment is for twenty months, with the possibility of extension subject to receiving additional funding. You will work with Dr Bipasha Chakraborty from SHEP and also collaborate with Dr Sergii Strelchuk from the University of Cambridge.

The project aims to study new quantum algorithms for problems in quantum field theories with future applications to quantum chromodynamics (QCD). The first part of the project aims to study the structure of computational problems that arise in the context of lattice QCD and their potential for quantum accelerations. The second part of the project will investigate tailor-made quantum simulation techniques for quantum field theories with the aim of extending them to QCD.

Other SHEP research interests include: lattice QCD, physics beyond the Standard Model, particle physics and cosmology, neutrino physics, b-quark and kaon phenomenology, exact renormalization group , extra-dimensional models of weak interactions, corrections of weak interactions at high energies, twistor methods, holography, strings and branes and high density QCD. More information can be accessed via our website

You have or are about to complete a PhD* (or equivalent professional qualification and experience) in Mathematics/Theoretical Physics/Computer Science/Computational Science, and experience in Quantum Field Theories and/or High Energy Physics and /or in quantum computing. Experience with lattice QCD calculations or numerical simulations of quantum field theories is desired. You will contribute to ongoing projects in quantum computing and develop new ones, disseminate results through publications and conferences, and actively participate in the academic life of the SHEP group, which also includes support for doctoral students.

You must apply through the online system if you wish to be considered for the position. Please upload a cover letter, curriculum vitae, publication list, and research statement including past research experiences and future research interests (maximum three pages), and arrange for three reference letters to be uploaded per your referees.

At the University of Southampton, we value diversity and equality. The University recognizes that employees may wish to have work habits that match their family responsibilities or work-life balance. Particular consideration will also be given to candidates who have interrupted their career for reasons such as maternity, paternity or adoption leave, disability or illness. The University of Southampton and Physics & Astronomy are proud to hold the Athena Swan Silver Awards. The School of Physics and Astronomy is also a Juno champion.

Applications received before 07/09/2022 will be fully considered.

* Applications for Research Associate positions will be considered by candidates who are working or are in the process of obtaining a relevant doctorate. The title of associate researcher will be applied after successful completion of the doctorate. Before the qualification receives the title of Senior Research Assistant will be given.

For all informal enquiries, please contact Dr Bipasha Chakraborty, [email protected]

You must submit your completed online application form to The deadline for applications will be midnight on the closing date listed above. References are requested with your application. This referral system is automated, so please ensure you provide the correct email address and allow time for these to be received, prior to the closing date, to assist the department with shortlisting.

If you need help, please call Sam Stubbs (Recruitment Team) on +44 (0)23 8059 2750 or email [email protected] Please quote reference 1934622WF on all correspondence.