Vacancy: Higgs Chair of Theoretical Physics

Applications are invited for the Higgs Chair of Theoretical Physics at the University of Edinburgh. This Chair was established in recognition of the legacy of Nobel Laureate Peter Higgs, a Professor Emeritus in the School of Physics and Astronomy.

Following the discovery of the Higgs boson, the University founded the Higgs Centre for Theoretical Physics to promote research excellence in theoretical physics. Our vision is to create bridges between disciplines and combine graduate education in synergy with cutting-edge research. We seek an exceptional theoretical physicist to join the Centre who will enhance and promote the quest for fundamental understanding of Nature.

The position is open to researchers in any area of theoretical physics. The Chair is expected to have a broad perspective and promote ideas that connect disciplines in physics and/or physics and mathematics. The expectation is that the Chair will provide intellectual leadership to the Centre, and may act as the next Director for a number of years.

Candidates will have an outstanding research record of international stature in theoretical physics and the vision, leadership, experience and enthusiasm to build on current strengths in maintaining and developing a leading research presence. A commitment to excellence in teaching is essential and all academic staff are expected to teach and to contribute to curriculum development at undergraduate and postgraduate level. The Higgs Chair will contribute to the life and work of the School of Physics and Astronomy, and to the Higgs Centre for Theoretical Physics in particular, demonstrating a collegial approach to School, College and University-wide leadership.

The role is grade UE10 and attracts an annual salary on the professorial scale for 35 hours each week.  The closing date for applications is 31 August 2019 and the vacancy reference number is 047836.