Careers at Virginia Tech

Open Rank - Postdoctoral Associate or Research Associate

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Work type: Research Faculty
Senior management: College of Science
Department: Physics
Location: Blacksburg Area
Categories: Research / Scientific

Job Description

Seeking a postdoctoral associate or research associate position (depending on experience) in High Energy Theoretical Physics and String Theory in the Department of Physics at Virginia Tech. The focus of the position is on string theory, including string compactifications, sigma models, F-theory, effective theories and string geometry and phenomenology.

This position is available starting from August 2021 and is renewable for up to two years (i.e. three years duration in total), depending on performance. 

Candidates should submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, publication list, and a brief research statement. In addition, they should request that three letters of reference be submitted on their behalf by email to Review of applications will begin December 1, 2020; however, the position will remain open until filled.  

Required Qualifications

A strong background in string theory with a history of peer-reviewed publications is necessary.

To be considered for the research associate position, a master's degree in a relevant field and prior research experience is required.

To be considered for the postdoctoral associate position, a doctorate degree in a relevant field is required.

Good collaborative skills.

Preferred Qualifications

Programming experience.

Ability to work under limited supervision.

For research associate position, some experience mentoring junior researchers.


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Additional Information

Application materials should include a 1) publication list and 2) research statement.

The successful Candidate will be required to have a criminal conviction check.

About Virginia Tech

Dedicated to its motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve), Virginia Tech pushes the boundaries of knowledge by taking a hands-on, transdisciplinary approach to preparing scholars to be leaders and problem-solvers. A comprehensive land-grant institution that enhances the quality of life in Virginia and throughout the world, Virginia Tech is an inclusive community dedicated to knowledge, discovery, and creativity. The university offers more than 280 majors to a diverse enrollment of more than 36,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students in eight undergraduate colleges, a school of medicine, a veterinary medicine college, Graduate School, and Honors College. The university has a significant presence across Virginia, including the Innovation Campus in Northern Virginia; the Health Sciences and Technology Campus in Roanoke; sites in Newport News and Richmond; and numerous Extension offices and research centers. A leading global research institution, Virginia Tech conducts more than $500 million in research annually.

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