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Associate Professor in Quantum Condensed Matter Theory

Theoretical Physics

The Department of Physics proposes to appoint an Associate Professor (equivalent to Lecturer) or Professor in the Theory of Quantum Condensed Matter with effect from 1st October 2017 or as soon thereafter as possible. The successful candidate will also be offered a Tutorial Fellowship at Hertford College, under arrangements described in the further particulars. The combined University and College salary will be according to experience on a scale from £45,562 per annum; plus a College housing allowance of £8,437 per annum or single accommodation in College free of charge (if available); and equity-sharing house purchase scheme. An allowance of £2,655 p.a. would be payable upon award of Full Professor title.

The Associate Professor will join the well-established and successful Oxford condensed matter theory group, whose research interests encompass many aspects of quantum matter in and out of equilibrium. We seek to appoint a candidate who complements and enhances the existing programme and will engage productively with colleagues in other parts of the Physics Department, potentially including those working on varied aspects of theoretical physics, on experimental condensed matter physics, and on atomic physics and quantum information.

The successful candidate will hold a doctorate in theoretical physics, or a related subject, and will have a proven record of high-quality creative research in theoretical quantum condensed matter physics at an international level. She or he will be expected to develop a world-leading research programme, to teach at undergraduate and graduate level, and participate in the administration of Hertford College and the Physics Department.

Further particulars, containing details of the application procedure and of the duties, may be obtained below or from Professor John Chalker, john [dot] chalker [at] physics [dot] ox [dot] ac [dot] uk or telephone: +44 (0) 1865 273973.

The closing date for applications is 12 noon GMT on 3 January 2017. Please quote departmental reference PMC/TQCM/2016/1 on all correspondence. Applicants should ensure that their referees send letters by the same deadline.

Interviews for shortlisted candidates will be held during February and March 2017.

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: 3 January 2017 by 12:00 midday


Hintze Fellowship in the Centre for Astrophysical Surveys (2 posts)


Astrophysics, Denys Wilkinson Building, Keble Road, Oxford
Grade 7: £30,738 – £37,768 p.a.

The Department of Physics invites applications for two fellowships in the University of Oxford Centre for Astrophysical Surveys, funded through the Hintze Family Charitable Trust. The Centre is focused on the exploitation of current surveys in order to build a platform for Oxford participation in LSST, Euclid, SKA and the EELT. We are seeking fellows with research interests in galaxy evolution and astrophysical transients that will exploit our involvement in current surveys such as SDSS-IV of which we are full members. The fellows will be encouraged to develop a personal research programme which should overlap with the current interests of Oxford Astrophysics. For the Galaxy Evolution post the emphasis is on the implementation and interpretation of the integral field spectroscopic surveys in which we have an ongoing interest e.g. KMOS, SAMI, MaNGA, and in the future WEAVE. For the Transients post the emphasis is on the transient and variable universe, from the detailed astrophysics of the events to the statistics of the surveys, and will take advantage of our involvement in LOFAR Transients, MeerKAT-MeerLICHT Transients, SKA and LSST. Each post will take part in the academic life of the Centre for Astrophysical Surveys and the Astrophysics group at the Physics Department, and in particular attending and taking part in seminars, colloquia and journal clubs. They will also attend international conferences to present the results of work at Oxford, and prepare articles for publication on research results.

Successful candidates will have or be about to receive a PhD in a relevant area of astronomy or astrophysics, expertise in observational galaxy evolution/astrophysical transient studies, and a proven record of research in this or related areas. They should have a demonstrated capacity for independent work and be capable of initiating research in a lively group. They will have the opportunity to teach and may benefit from a college association.

Candidates should address questions to Professor Roger Davies, Director of the Centre for Astrophysical Surveys, or to Professor Martin Bureau or Professor Rob Fender.

Both posts are available until January 2020. Postholders should take up the posts as soon as possible and no later than October 2017.

Only applications received by 12.00 midday on 13 January 2017 can be considered.

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

Application Deadline: 13 January 2017 by 12:00 midday


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