Postdoctoral Fellow I

at Utah State University in Logan, Utah, United States

Job Description

The Department of Physics of Utah State University invites applications for a two-year postdoctoral research position in theoretical high energy and gravitational physics, broadly understood. Areas of particular interest include, but are not limited to, string theory, quantum field theory and black hole physics. The position will start in September 1, 2022.

Candidates should be in possession of a PhD in Theoretical Physics or related disciplines. They should be highly motivated individuals with strong research credentials and a proven track record of previous contributions to the field. They should possess strong oral and written communication skills and the ability to work in a research team environment. Previous experience in analytic computation software is desirable. Teaching opportunities at the upper undergraduate or graduate levels may be available.

Members of the theoretical high energy physics/gravity physics group at Utah State University include Maria J. Rodriguez, Charles Torre, Oscar Varela and James Wheeler. The group maintains close links with the Department of Mathematics.

Review of applications will begin on December 1, 2021. Applications will be considered until the position is filled.

Further inquiries should be addressed to Oscar Varela (

+ Develop specific models of the AdS/CFT correspondence

Perform computations in supergravity and string theory

+ Develop presentations and publications

+ Service (e.g. refereeing publications, student committees)

+ Teaching opportunities

Minimal qualifications:

+ PhD in Theoretical Physics or related disciplines.

+ Experience in working on recent models in black hole physics, string theory, or high energy physics.

+ Strong oral and written communication skills.

+ Ability to adapt to a research team.

Preferred qualifications:

+ Previous experience working in higher-dimensional black holes and the AdS/CFT correspondence.

+ Expertise in analytic computation software like Mathematica or Maple.

+ History of previous research funding success.

+ Previous teaching experience.

Along with the online application, please attach:

1. Cover Letter to be uploaded as a PDF at the beginning of your application in the Candidate Profile under “Documents 1-5”

2. Resume/CV including list of publications to be uploaded as a PDF at the beginning of your application in the Candidate Profile under “Resume/CV”

3. Research Statement to be uploaded as a PDF file under “Documents 1-5”

4. The names and email addresses of three references (your references will be automatically sent a system email from USU asking them to upload a letter of recommendation).

Document size may not exceed 10 MB.

Commensurate with education and experience, plus excellent benefits

Employees work indoors and are protected from weather and/or contaminants, but not, necessarily, occasional temperature changes. The employee is regularly required to sit and often uses repetitive hand motions.

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*Updated 08/2022

Requisition ID: 2021-4282

Street: 8800 Old Main Hill

Job Classification: Exempt

Percent of Time or Hours per Week: 100%

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Posted On: Oct 18, 2021

Updated On: Sep 15, 2022

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