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Research Fellowships- School of Theoretical Physics

Research Fellowships- School of Theoretical Physics


Aim of Fellowships

The Institute’s Strategy Statement 2002-2006 recommended the introduction of a new Fellowship scheme in the fields within its statutory remit with the aim of attracting a flow of outstanding researchers who will contribute new ideas  and approaches to the Institute’s research effort. The Fellowships are also designed to meet the need to achieve critical mass in sections within the Institute thereby strengthening their capability to participate in large-scale innovative research projects.

The Fellowships provide for a period of up to five years concentrated research activity in support of the strategic research aims of the School. The School of Theoretical Physics currently undertakes fundamental research in the areas of String Theory, Conformal Field Theory, Noncommutative Geometry, Quantum Field Theory, Statistical Mechanics, Condensed Matter, Disordered Systems (classical and quantum), and Quantum Information Theory.


Candidates must hold the degree of PhD, or equivalent, from a recognised university and should already have some postdoctoral research experience.

Selection Criteria

The award of Fellowships will be based on the following criteria:

  • Record of candidate as independent researcher
  • Quality of research proposal
  • Ability to present work at conferences and seminars
  • Likelihood of collaboration with other members of the School
  • Ability to attract grants

Duties attaching to appointment

Research Fellows will devote themselves exclusively to research. Fellows will be required to conduct, independently or as a member of a team, research in accordance with a programme of work agreed between the Fellow and the School resulting in publications in refereed academic journals and in the presentation of conference papers. The Fellow will be expected to participate in and present seminars, and to collaborate with staff, visitors, and, as appropriate, with partners in other outside organisations. Fellows may also be requested to supervise research students and to apply for appropriate grants.

Except in so far as may be otherwise permitted by the Council of the Institute, with the consent of the Governing Board of the School, contributions to learning which results from study or research carried out by the Fellow shall be the property of the School. Professional work outside the School may only be undertaken with the prior consent of the Governing Board of the School given after consultation with the Minister for Education and Skills.

Research support

The School has good library facilities and a reasonable travel budget from which Fellows will be able to benefit.   In consultation with the Senior Professors of the School, they can also invite visitors for limited periods.

Conditions of Appointment

Appointment will be on the basis of a fixed-term contract of up to five years. Employment for the first year will be on a probationary basis.

Obligations of Fellows

Fellows will be required to submit a progress report every twelve months to the Director of the School on the work undertaken during that period together with a work plan for the following year.

Application Process

Application Closed