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Associate Professor of Theoretical Physics

University of Oxford
Oxford, UK
£50,300 to £67,541 per annum
Closing date
25 Nov 2022
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Applications are invited for the post of Associate Professor (or Professor) in Theoretical Soft Matter and Biophysics in the Rudolf Peierls Centre for Theoretical Physics, Department of Physics, University of Oxford. The successful candidate will also be appointed to a Tutorial Fellowship at St Hugh’s College under arrangements described in the Job Description and Person Specification. The appointment will be initially for five years at which point, upon completion of a successful review, the post-holder will be eligible for reappointment to the retiring age.

The Associate Professor will develop a world-leading research programme in theoretical soft matter and/or biophysics, teach at undergraduate and graduate level, and participate in administration.  On behalf of the College they will have responsibility for teaching undergraduates reading for degrees in physics, and acting as a pastoral advisor to graduate students They will play a role in the running of the College as a charity trustee and a member of its Governing Body.

The successful candidate will hold a doctorate in theoretical physics or a related subject, and will have a proven record of high quality, creative research at an international level.  They will be an excellent teacher of undergraduates and graduates and have the interpersonal skills necessary to engage with students and colleagues at all levels.

Applications are particularly welcome from women and black and minority ethnic candidates, who are under-represented in academic posts in Oxford. All applicants will be judged on merit, according to the selection criteria.

Further particulars, containing details of the application procedure and of the duties, may be obtained below.

Only applications received before 12 noon (UK time) on 1st December 2022 can be considered. Applicants should ensure that their referees send letters by the same deadline. Please quote departmental reference 161207 on all correspondence. Interviews are likely to take place in March 2023 and candidates must be available to travel to Oxford in this period.

Enquiries may be made to Professor Julia Yeomans FRS at or Professor Ard Louis at Queries about the college side of the appointment should be addressed to the Senior Tutor at St Hugh’s College, Professor Robert Vilain at


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Department of Physics

Oxford Physics is one of the largest and most eminent departments in Europe – pursuing forefront research alongside training the next generation of leaders in Physics. 

With an academic staff of over one hundred our activities range from fundamental particles to the furthest reaches of the universe to manipulating matter on an atomic scale. Oxford physicists are probing new ways to harness solar energy, modelling the Earth's atmosphere to predict the future climate, exploring computation on the quantum scale and executing calculations that reveal the fundamental structure of space and time.

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