Research Associate in Physics-inspired/Physics-based Computing

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We invite applications for up to two Postdoctoral Research Associates in Physics-inspired/Physics-based Computing at the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics. The successful appointees would be expected to start any time before October 2024 for two years in the first instance.

This project will be funded by Natalia Berloff's Horizon Europe Pathfinder grant. Candidates should be qualified to undertake research topics on unconventional physics-inspired computing, physics-based machine learning and neural networks, broadly defined.

The successful candidates will have completed (or nearly completed) a PhD in applied mathematics, scientific computing or theoretical physics focusing on one or several areas from the following topical list: machine learning, neural networks, quantum-inspired computing, scientific computing, combinatorial optimisation, statistical mechanics or other closely related areas prior to their appointment and will have demonstrated a capacity to produce world-class research.

Duties would include developing and conducting individual and collaborative research projects. The role holders will be expected to plan and manage their own research and administration, with guidance if required, and to assist in the preparation of proposals and applications to external bodies. They must be able to communicate material of a technical nature and be able to build internal and external contacts. They may be asked to assist in the supervision of student projects, the development of student research skills, provide instruction or plan/deliver seminars relating to their research area.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 2 years in the first instance. The posts may, subject to the availability of funding, be further renewed for another two years.

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Please indicate the contact details of three academic referees on the online application form and upload a full curriculum vitae, list of publications, and a research statement (one page only). Please ensure that all your referees are contactable at any time during the selection process and are made aware that they will be contacted by the Mathematics HR Office Administrator to request that they upload a reference for you to our Web Recruitment System; and please encourage them to do so promptly.

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Please quote reference LE39500 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society. We particularly welcome applications from women and/or candidates from a BAME background for this vacancy as they are currently under-represented at this level in our department.

The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK.

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