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Research Associate in Theoretical Nuclear Physics
Oxford Road, Manchester

Job reference: SAE-018025

Location: Oxford Road, Manchester

Closing date (DD/MM/YYYY): 21/03/2022

Salary: £33,309 to £40,927 per annum depending on relevant experience

Employment type: Fixed Term

Faculty/Organisation: Science and Engineering

Division: Department of Physics & Astronomy

Hours per week: Full time

Contract Duration: Fixed term starting as soon as possible until 29 February 2024

School / Directorate: School of Natural Sciences

Applications are invited for the position of Research Associate in Theoretical Nuclear Physics. This post is available for 2 years initially, starting as soon as possible. An extension for a further year is possible, subject to the progress of the project.

You will join a team with expertise in chiral effective field theories and their application to nuclear forces and to few-body physics, and with links to groups in the US and Germany.  You will work on the calculation of Compton scattering and other processes in light nuclei, building on prior work in the single nucleon sector, with the aim of interpreting up-coming experimental results in order to extract the proton and, particularly, neutron polarisabilities. Opportunities to extend the research according to your own interests will also be available.

You should have, or be about to obtain, a PhD or equivalent in a relevant area of Physics. You should have a knowledge of effective field theories and nuclear forces, and must have substantial computing experience.  Familiarity with few-body techniques will be a major advantage. You should be capable of working under your own initiative and co-supervising research students, so excellent communication and organisational skills are required.

Along with your online application, you should submit your CV, list of publications, and research statement (max 2 pages).

The Department is strongly committed to promoting equality and diversity, including the Athena SWAN charter for gender equality in higher education. The Department holds a Silver Award which recognises their good practice in relation to gender; including flexible working arrangements, family-friendly policies, and support to allow staff achieve a good work-life balance. We particularly welcome applications from women for this post. All appointment will be made on merit. For further information, please visit:                                     

Our University is positive about flexible working – you can find out more here

Blended working arrangements may be considered

Please note that we are unable to respond to enquiries, accept CVs or applications from Recruitment Agencies.

Enquiries about the vacancy, shortlisting and interviews:

Name: Prof Mike Birse


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This vacancy will close for applications at midnight on the closing date.

Please see the link below for the Further Particulars document which contains the person specification criteria.


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