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Research Fellow in Nuclear Theory


Location:  Guildford
Salary:  £41,732 to £44,263 per annum depending on experience
Fixed Term Contract until 30/09/2027
Post Type:  Full Time
Closing Date:  23.59 hours BST on Wednesday 07 August 2024
Interview Date:  Thursday 22 August 2024
Reference:  032424

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The role

To conduct research on a 3-year project founded by the 2024 STFC consolidated grant of the Surrey nuclear physics group. The aim of the project is to develop a novel, quantitative quantum dynamical reaction model for multi-nucleon transfer (MNT) reactions which are being intensively investigated at major nuclear research facilities worldwide. The MNT reaction mechanism, characterized by the exchange of many nucleons between a projectile and a target nucleus at collision energies around the Coulomb barrier, is the key for the production of neutron-rich heavy and superheavy isotopes which are crucial for understanding the creation of chemical elements in the universe.  

About you

In collaboration with the team, the post-holder will be expected to contribute with original ideas to the development of the quantum dynamical model, its efficient implementation in a computer code, and the interpretation of the numerical results. The post-holder should have

  • A PhD in Theoretical Physics or Chemistry, ideally with previous experience in modelling low-energy nuclear or chemical reactions.
  • Knowledge of quantum dynamics and associated numerical simulations.
  • Knowledge of high-performance computing.
  • Excellent communication skills with previous experience in writing journal articles for publication and in making oral presentations.
  • An ability to work independently and to propose original research ideas.

How to apply

Applications should be submitted through the University of Surrey website ( Shortlisted candidates will be interviewed on the 22nd of August 2024. If you have any question about this position or need any clarification, please contact Dr. Alexis Diaz-Torres (Email:

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In return we offer a generous pension, relocation assistance where appropriate , flexible working options including job share and blended home/campus working locations (dependent on work duties), access to world-class leisure facilities on campus, a range of travel schemes and supportive family friendly benefits including an excellent on-site nursery.

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The University of Surrey is committed to providing an inclusive environment that offers equal opportunities for all.  We place great value on diversity and are seeking to increase the diversity within our community.  Therefore we particularly encourage applications from under-represented groups, such as people from Black, Asian and minority ethnic groups and people with disabilities.






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