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Associate Professor in Theoretical Particle Physics

Theoretical Physics

The Department of Physics proposes to appoint an Associate Professor (equivalent to Lecturer) or Professor in Theoretical Particle Physics with effect from 1st September 2018 or as soon thereafter as possible. The successful candidate will also be offered a Tutorial Fellowship at Wadham College, under arrangements described in the further particulars. The combined University and College salary will be according to experience on a scale from £46,336 per annum plus a housing allowance of £8,826 p.a. and access to a joint equity scheme. An allowance of £2,700 p.a. would be payable upon award of Full Professor title.

The Associate Professor will join a vigorous community of particle physicists addressing the most significant issues in our understanding of the fundamental laws of nature in and beyond the Standard Model. These challenges include the nature of dark matter, the cosmological constant problem and `dark energy’, the origin of the generations, and the stability of mass hierarchies. The purpose of this appointment is to recruit a particle phenomenologist who can develop the implications of models to enable optimal comparison with experimental data. The post holder will be expected to work closely with other particle theorists and experimentalists in the department who are involved in many of the leading experimental collaborations.

The successful candidate will hold a doctorate in theoretical particle physics, or a related subject, and will have a proven record of high quality creative research in particle physics phenomenology at an international level. They will be an excellent teacher at undergraduate and graduate level, and participate in the administration of Wadham College and the Physics Department.

Further particulars, containing details of the application procedure and of the duties, may be obtained below. Enquiries may be made to Professor Subir Sarkar at or Professor John Wheater at

The closing date for applications is 12 noon GMT on 12 March 2018. Please quote departmental reference PMC/PT/2018/1 on all correspondence. Applicants should ensure that their referees send letters by the same deadline.

Applications are particularly welcome from women and black and minority ethnic candidates, who are under-represented in academic posts in Oxford.

The University is an Equal Opportunities Employer.

Please also look at the Job Description and Person Specification and apply online.

Application Deadline: 12 March 2018 by 12:00 midday


Postdoctoral Research Assistant in Accelerator Physics

Particle Physics

Grade 7: £31,604 – £38,833 p.a.

Applications are invited for a Postdoctoral Research Assistant in Accelerator Physics.

The post is full-time and is available initially for a fixed-term duration of 2 years. The normal place of work will be split equally between the John Adams Institute in Oxford and the ISIS facility at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, Harwell Campus.

This project will be devoted to development of uses of accelerator technology for scientific and industrial applications. The successful candidate will focus on development of beamline instrumentation and diagnostics in accelerators.

Applicants should possess, or be very close to obtaining a doctorate in accelerator physics or a related field and ideally a strong background in accelerator experimental techniques.

Previous experience in operation of existing accelerators will be an advantage. Candidates are expected to demonstrate record of experimental research at accelerator, laser or similar facility.

The postholder will have the opportunity to teach.

Informal enquiries about this post may be made to:

Please read the “Person Specification and Job Description” before preparing your application. You will be required to upload a Curriculum Vita, a description of research experience and interests and the names and addresses of three referees as part of your online application. In addition you should arrange for the three letters of reference to be sent to: by the closing date. Applications are acknowledged but not reference letters.

Only applications received promptly by 12.00 noon on 22 March 2018 can be considered.

Please also look at the Job Description and Person Specification and apply online.

Application Deadline: 22 March 2018 by 12:00 midday


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