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Durham University

Academic Talent

Assistant Professor in Theoretical Partical Physics


Vacancy reference: MATH20-13

Department: Mathematical Sciences

Responsible to: Head of Department

Grade: 7-8

Salary range: £33,797 - £49,553per annum

Working arrangements: The role is full time but we will consider requests for flexible working arrangements including potential job shares

Opening date: 14/10/2019

Closing date: 13/12/2019

Preferred start date: Successful candidates will ideally be in post by 01/09/2020


The role

The Department of Mathematical Sciences at Durham University is investing in excellence and seeks to appoint two talented individuals to the role of Assistant Professor in Theoretical Particle Physics, joining the existing Centre for Particle Theory. We welcome applications from exceptional candidates with research and teaching interests in mathematical and theoretical particle physics, particularly in field theory, string theory and theoretical cosmology.

This post offers an exciting opportunity to make a major contribution to the development of Theoretical Particle Physics at Durham. It will allow you to participate in internationally excellent research and teaching, while offering you unrivalled opportunities to build your career in an exciting and progressive institution.

The Department is one of the UK’s best mathematics departments, with an outstanding reputation in research, teaching, and student employability. Ranked 7th in terms of grade point average intensity in the Research Excellence Framework 2014, it has an active programme of internationally recognized research in Pure Mathematics, Applied Mathematics (including Applied and Computational Mathematics as well as Mathematical and Theoretical Particle Physics), and Statistics and Probability. The research culture is vibrant, with many visitors, seminars, international conferences and workshops. We aim to provide a supportive and friendly environment with a strong sense of community. The Department, which currently has 73 permanent members of staff, has recently grown, and will continue to grow, significantly. In 2020, we will move to a newly constructed building, to be shared with Computer Science, with the goal of fostering constructive interdisciplinary exchanges.

The Department has a proud tradition of delivering excellence in its undergraduate programmes through research-led and small group teaching. Attracting some of the best students in the country (5th best average UCAS entry tariff), the Department was ranked 4th in the Complete University Guide 2020. As part of the expansion of the Department, a new MSc in Scientific Computing and Data Analysis will commence this year, while 2020 will see the launch of a new degree in Mathematics and Statistics. Both degrees will allow research-led teaching in areas at the forefront of modern statistical practice.

The Department holds an Athena SWAN Bronze award and is currently being considered for Silver. Athena SWAN is a national initiative that recognises the advancement of gender equality, representation, progression and success for all in academia. The Department also supports the London Mathematical Society Good Practice Scheme, whose aim is to support mathematics departments to embed equal opportunities for women within their working practices.

For more information, please visit our website at www.durham.ac.uk/mathematical.sciences.

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