Research Associate in Quantum Gravity, Sheffield, UK

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Deadline:  2023-02-16

Location:  Sheffield, UK

We are seeking a Research Associate in Quantum Gravity to work on topics related to the Royal Society funded project “Time, clocks and singularities in quantum gravity”. This project will explore the issue of general covariance and the role of clocks and time in quantum gravity and quantum cosmology, focusing both on canonical and covariant quantisation and on the role of quantum clocks for cosmology and black holes. The Research Associate will be a member of the Gravitation and Cosmology group at the University of Sheffield, which currently consists of 5 academics (Eleonora Di Valentino, Sam Dolan, Steffen Gielen, Carsten van de Bruck, and Elizabeth Winstanley), 2 postdocs/RAs and 16 Ph.D. students.

You should have a PhD in Mathematics, Physics or equivalent, experience working with canonical and/or path integral methods in quantum gravity and quantum cosmology (ideally with focus on the problem of time and the question of general
covariance), and have a solid track record of publications, appropriate to your career stage.

This post is initially offered on a fixed term contract, available from 1 April 2023 and with an initially fixed end date of 31 December 2025.

For informal enquiries about this job and the recruiting department, please contact the grant holder Steffen Gielen (s.c.gielen[AT] Note that you must apply using the University system, and applications or documents directly sent via email will not be accepted. For administration queries and details on the application process, contact the lead recruiter Olivia Mason (o.mason[AT]

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