Research Associate in Physics

University of Cambridge

United Kingdom

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 2 years in the first instance.

The Theory of Condensed Matter group at the Cavendish Laboratory, University of Cambridge aims to fill 2 Postdoctoral Research Assistant/Associate positions, each for 2 years with the possibility of extending for a further year, subject to funding.

These are intended as group positions in a research programme involving several academics, including Profs B.Béri, C.Castelnovo, N.Cooper, and A.Lamacraft. We are particularly, though not exclusively, interested in the following research areas: Thermodynamic and response properties in topological magnetic materials, from microscopic modelling to effective theories; Emergent quantum dynamics, in frustrated magnets, driven dissipative, and/or topological quantum many-body systems, and in quantum circuit models; Emergent classical dynamical effects, from kinetically constrained relaxation pathways in topological systems to the non-equilibrium phase behaviour of soft and biological systems.

The Theory of Condensed Matter group offers a connected, lively and stimulating scientific and social environment, with regular activities ranging from internal and external group seminars, graduate lectures and introductory presentations on topics of current research, and social events. It encompasses 8 permanent academics, 35 graduate students and 20 postdoctoral researchers (many of whom hold independent fellowships).

The role holder will be expected to conduct postdoctoral-level research in collaboration with some of the investigators named above, as appropriate for the research topic. Collaboration with other members of the group, in particular other postdoc and junior members, as well as collaborations across and outside the department are highly encouraged. The role holder will also be expected to contribute to the general life and scientific environment of the group, e.g., contributing to the organisation of internal and external seminars, and offering graduate-level lectures based on their current topic of research.

Informal enquiries should be directed to the most relevant academic listed above.

The successful candidate will hold (or be close to obtaining) a PhD in Physics (or closely related discipline), with a proven track record in conducting and publishing scientific research in modern condensed matter theory. Preference will be given to candidates with experience in dynamics and our-of-equilibrium phenomena. The candidate will also have the ability to manage workload, engage in collaborations and communicate results in talks and presentations.

The post holder will be located at the Department of Physics, Cavendish Laboratory, JJ Thomson Avenue, Cambridge, CB3 0HE.

Salary Ranges: Research Associate: £36,024 - £44,263 (Grade 7). Appointment at Research Associate level is dependent on having a PhD. Those who have submitted but not yet received their PhD will initially be appointed as a Research Assistant (Grade 5, Point 38 - £32,982) moving to Research Associate (Grade 7) upon confirmation of your PhD award.

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Please ensure that you upload your Curriculum Vitae (CV) and a covering letter in the upload section of the online application. If you upload any additional documents which have not been requested, we will not be able to consider these as part of your application. Please submit your application by midnight on the closing date.

Interviews for this role are anticipated to take place in Early 2024.

If you have any questions about this vacancy please contact Prof Nigel Cooper ( If you have any questions about the application process, please contact

Please quote reference KA38814 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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