Postdoctoral Research Assistant in Quantum Condensed Matter Theory (2 posts) University of Oxford, Department of Physics United Kingdom

Postdoctoral Research Assistant in Quantum Condensed Matter Theory (2 posts)

Department of Physics, Parks Road, Oxford

Grade 7: £32,236 - £39,609 p.a.

Applications are invited for two Postdoctoral Research Assistants to perform research on the theory of condensed matter working primarily with Professor S A Parameswaran. The positions are supported from an ERC Starting grant on Topological Matter and Crystalline Symmetries. The posts are available for a fixed-term period of 2 years starting on 1st October 2019 (or mutually agreed date shortly before/after), with possible extension for a third year.


The position allows considerable flexibility in research topics, but the grant has as its main theme the interplay of topological properties, emergent gauge structures, and crystal symmetries in strongly correlated systems, examined using both analytical and numerical techniques.


Postholders are expected to conduct research in collaboration with Dr Parameswaran and other members of the theoretical condensed matter physics group at Oxford University, but will also have the ability to interact and/or collaborate with other members of the quantum condensed matter theory group (Professors J T Chalker, F Essler, P Fendley, D E Logan and S Simon). Duties will include carrying out research in theoretical physics within the general areas supported by the ERC grant; related tasks will include collaborating in the preparation of reports and journal articles, presenting papers at conferences and workshops, representing the group at meetings/seminars and supervision of graduate students. The postholder will have the opportunity to teach.


The successful candidates should hold, or be close to completion of a PhD/DPhil in physics, or a closely related field. Expertise in one or more of the following areas is highly desirable:topological aspects of quantum condensed matter physics, particularly as applied to interacting systems; quantum field theory methods, particularly nonperturbative techniques, symmetries, and dualities; numerical tensor-network methods applied to correlated systems in two dimensions.


As it is also envisaged that a subset of the research projects will have a strong link to experiment, and may involve close collaboration with experimental groups both at Oxford and elsewhere, previous experience of such collaboration is also highly desirable.


Please direct enquiries about the role to Professor S Parameswaran (


Candidates must submit applications online via: You will be required to upload a statement of research interests, CV and details of two referees as part of your online application. Referees will need to submit references to Academicjobsonline.


Only applications received before 12.00 midday on 15 January 2019 can be considered.


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