Postdoctoral Research Assistant in general relativity and AdS/CFT, Queen Mary University, London

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Deadline:  2016-12-12

Location:  London, United Kingdom

About us
Queen Mary is one of London and the UK’s leading research-focused universities. With over 20,000 students, it is amongst the largest of the colleges of the University of London. Queen Mary’s 4,000 staff teach and research across a wide range of subjects in Science and Engineering, the Humanities, Social Sciences and Laws, and Medicine and Dentistry.

The School of Mathematical Science has an exceptionally strong research presence across the spectrum of areas within Pure and Applied Mathematics, and is currently organised into seven research groups, namely: Algebra, Combinatorics, Complex Systems and Networks, Dynamical Systems and Statistical Physics, Geometry and Analysis, Probability and Applications, Statistics and Data Analysis. The School also has large and popular undergraduate and graduate programmes.

About the role
We are looking to appoint a Post-Doctoral Research associate to work in the area of general relativity and AdS/CFT within the General Relativity group, which is part of the Geometry and Analysis Research Group at the School of Mathematical Sciences, Queen Mary University of London. A strong background in numerical general relativity would be an advantage. The research activity of the successful candidate will focus on the study of the dynamics of black holes in higher dimensions and in anti-de Sitter spaces, with an emphasis on applications to holography in a broad sense. The group has strong links with the String Theory group at Queen Mary University of London and other research institutions in the area such as Imperial College London, King’s College London and Cambridge.

Duties include developing and conducting individual and collaborative research objectives, proposals and projects. The role holder will be expected to plan and manage their own research and administration, with guidance if required, and to assist in the preparation of proposals and applications to external bodies. The successful candidate must be able to communicate material of a technical nature and be able to build internal and external contacts. Optionally, the holder may want to consider the possibility of getting involved in some sort of teaching/supervision activities.

The School and Athena SWAN Charter for Women in Science
The School holds a departmental Bronze Athena SWAN Award and is a registered supporter of the LMS Good Practice scheme. We are committed to the equality of opportunities and to advancing women’s careers. We have policies to support staff returning from long-term absence, for flexible arrangements for staff with parental responsibilities and for child-care support for the attendance of conferences. As part of the School’s commitment to the Athena SWAN and the LMS Good Practice principles we strongly encourage applications from women.

Pay and Benefits
The post is a full time, fixed term appointment for 2 years, with an expected start date of 1st September 2017 or as soon as possible thereafter. The starting salary will be 32,405 – 40,182 GBP per annum depending on experience, inclusive of London Allowance. Benefits include 30 days annual leave, defined benefit pension scheme and interest-free season ticket loan, and excellent travel and computing resources.

Candidates must be able to demonstrate their eligibility to work in the UK in accordance with the Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Act 2006. Where required this may include entry clearance or continued leave to remain under the Points Based Immigration Scheme.

Informal enquiries should be addressed to Dr Pau Figueras at p.figueras[AT]

Details about the school can be found at

To apply, please visit the Human Resources website on and search for reference QMUL9952.

The closing date for applications is Monday the 12th of December 2016. Interviews are expected to be held shortly thereafter.

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