Uppsala University is a comprehensive research-intensive university with a strong international standing. Our ultimate goal is to conduct education and research of the highest quality and relevance to make a long-term difference in society. Our most important assets are all the individuals whose curiosity and dedication make Uppsala University one of Sweden’s most exciting workplaces. Uppsala University has over 54,000 students, more than 7,500 employees and a turnover of around SEK 8 billion.

The research conducted at the Department of Physics and Astronomy encompasses a wide range of physics topics, distributed over ten divisions. The department is located in the Ångström laboratory and employs nearly 400 people, 125 of whom are doctoral students. It offers a broad physics curriculum to undergraduate and graduate students, participation in nationally and internationally leading projects for researchers, and opportunities for partnership with industry and various outreach activities.

The successful candidate will work in the Division of Theoretical Physics, which at present consists of thirteen senior faculty members, as well as several postdocs and PhD students. The group conducts research on a wide range of topics in theoretical high energy physics: from string theory to gravitational physics, to scattering amplitudes and conformal field theory. The presence of a large number of both senior and junior members offers ample opportunities for growth and exchange to prospective candidates. The division of Theoretical Physics also enjoys close ties to the Geometry and Physics group, which offer further opportunities to interact with professional mathematicians on research topics related to the research activities involved with this position.

The PhD student will undertake a research project under the supervision of Prof. Pietro Longhi, on a range of topics across formal aspects of quantum field theory, string theory and their applications to mathematics.

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The PhD student will carry out original research in the field of theoretical high energy physics, and will be responsible for publishing results in peer-reviewed research journals. The student will also contribute to the activities of the group by participating in various activities, such as research seminars.

The successful candidate must have a Master’s degree in Theoretical Physics, awarded by the time the position starts. The prospective student should also have an excellent academic track-record solid communication skills in English.

Appointment as a graduate student requires that the holder is admitted or will be admitted to PhD studies, where the applicant’s ability to successfully complete the doctoral studies will be decisive. The PhD position is for four years, extendable to a maximum of five years including departmental duties at a level of at most 20% (typically teaching). Information about doctoral education, eligibility requirements and admission rules can be found on the web site of the Faculty of Technology http://www.teknat.uu.se/ utbildning/forskarniva/.

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Additional qualifications
A background in any area of theoretical physics (string theory, condensed matter theory, mathematical physics, particle theory, supersymmetry, conformal field theory) or mathematics (algebraic geometry, vertex operator algebras) is desirable. A demonstrated interest in original research is a plus.

Rules governing PhD students are set out in the Higher Education Ordinance chapter 5, §§ 1-7 and in Uppsala University’s rules and guidelines.

About the employment
The employment is a temporary position according to the Higher Education Ordinance chapter 5 § 7. Scope of employment 100 %. Starting date 2023-03-01 or as agreed. Placement: Uppsala

Application material: The application should include the following documents (preferably in English, or alternatively in Swedish): Curriculum Vitae including email address and phone numbers of at least two referees that may be contacted upon request. Transcripts of exams with grades from the Master’s and Bachelor’s degree. A short (1 or 2 pages) personal letter explaining scientific interests, the motivations for pursuing a PhD, and their general expectations. If available, a Master’s thesis draft, or other original scientific works produced by the candidate can also be included.

For further information about the position, please contact: Pietro Longhi pietro.longhi@physics.uu.se

Please submit your application by 15 November 2022, UFV-PA 2022/3529.

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Placement: Department of Physics and Astronomy

Type of employment: Full time , Temporary position longer than 6 months

Pay: Fixed salary

Number of positions: 1

Working hours: 100 %

Town: Uppsala

County: Uppsala län

Country: Sweden

Union representative: ST/TCO tco@fackorg.uu.se
Seko Universitetsklubben seko@uadm.uu.se
Saco-rådet saco@uadm.uu.se

Number of reference: UFV-PA 2022/3529

Last application date: 2022-11-15

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