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

Location: Egham

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

Post type: Full time

Closing Date: 23:59 BST on Monday 05 September 2022 Reference: 0822-385

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 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 physics or a closely related field. The position is available to start immediately and is fixed term for 24 months.

The position is part of the “Quantum sensors for the hidden sector” project. The first year in this role will be at Royal Holloway with the second year in the Standard Model String and Beyond Phenomenology Group at the University of Liverpool. The successful candidate will be strongly encouraged to work with all theoretical members of the collaboration: Dr Edward Hardy (Liverpool), Prof John March-Russell (Oxford), Prof Stephen West (Royal Holloway), and to develop interactions with the members of the group.

The Quantum Sensors for the Hidden Sector Collaboration, webpage:, is an STFC-funded project 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. Our aim is to develop a new high frequency axion target to integrate into the existing ADMX device, as well as develop our own state-of-the-art research instrumentation for axion and ALP research in the UK. We are looking for postdoctoral researchers to support this program with experience in a range of fields across quantum electronics, microwave electronics, cryogenics, magnetic field physics, quantum systems theory and theory and particle phenomenology. They will join the collaboration as it embarks on this exciting new program of cutting-edge basic research in the UK.

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.

For an informal discussion about the position, please contact Professor Stephen West on [email protected] or Dr Ed Hardy 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.

Please cite the reference: 0822-385

Closing Date: 23:59, September 5, 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.

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