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15 Early-Stage Researcher (ESR) 3-year PhD positions

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    Institutions across Europe in the SAGEX ITN network
    PhysicsMathematical physics
    First Stage Researcher (R1)
    15/05/2019 23:00 - Europe/London
    United Kingdom › London
    H2020 / Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions


We are pleased to advertise 15 Early-Stage Researcher (PhD) positions to begin in 2018/19, as part of the Innovative Training Network of the European Commission SAGEX "Scattering Amplitudes: from Geometry to Experiment". The positions will all last three years, and will allow all students to participate in an exciting programme comprising international schools, workshops, and secondments at academic as well as industrial partners (see the overview of the project below).

***IMPORTANT: Application deadlines and start dates vary. Please check out the webpages of the individual vacancies (via the SAGEX website below) for details.***

Overview of the project and of the training offered to all Early Stage Researchers of SAGEX

Scattering amplitudes, describing the observations of high-energy collider experiments, provide a window into the fundamental structures predicted by relativistic quantum theories. By identifying and exploiting seemingly disparate concepts from abstract geometry, symbolic big data, and phenomenological calculations, the SAGEX network will train the next generation of researchers in the new tools, approaches, and insights that will make possible previously intractable analyses directly relevant to current and near-future particle physics experiments. Assembling an unprecedented team of top scholars in mathematics, theoretical physics, and symbolic computation with major industry partners including Wolfram Research, Maplesoft, and RISC GmbH, we intend to leverage our successes, expertise, and world-class scientific challenges to provide a unique training opportunity for Early Stage Researchers (ESRs) in Europe.

Training of the network's ESRs will comprise an integrated curriculum of local and intensive network courses, schools, and engagement with active cutting-edge research. They will be seconded to at least one academic and one private sector partner of the project, building bridges between academic and industrial communities. SAGEX is set up to integrate several existing and highly recognised annual conferences with a series of new schools, workshops, and industry partnerships. Through developing invaluable analytic, computational, and soft skills, the ESRs emerging from this action will be eminently employable with the potential to become the next generation of European leaders in academia, industry, and the public sector. Finally, the training we offer, and the research carried out, will be made open and available, boosting not only Europe's continued leadership in the field of high-energy theoretical physics, but strategically allowing non-partner institutions with less domain experience to train scholars in relevant, in-demand skills.

The positions will be hosted at the following institutions:

  • Queen Mary University of London (QMUL): 2 PhD positions, ESR 1 and ESR 2
  • Humboldt University Berlin (HU): 2 PhD positions, ESR 3 and ESR 4
  • Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron (DESY): 2 PhD positions, ESR 5 and ESR 6
  • Durham University (DU): 2 PhD positions, ESR 7 and ESR 8
  • CEA Saclay (CEA): 2 PhD positions, ESR 9 and ESR 10
  • Niels Bohr Institute (NBI): 2 PhD positions, ESR 11 and ESR 12
  • Trinity College Dublin (TCD): 2 PhD positions, ESR 13 and ESR 14
  • RISC Software GmbH/Research Institute for Symbolic Computation (RISC GmbH/RISC): 1 PhD position, ESR 15

The SAGEX consortium also includes academic partner organisations:

  • University of Oxford
  • ETH Zurich
  • University of California, Los Angeles
  • SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory (Stanford University)
  • University of Hamburg;

plus private sector partners:

  • Wolfram Research
  • Maplesoft
  • Danske Bank
  • DreamQuark
  • Mærsk Tankers
  • Milde Marketing Science Communication
  • Ekaterina Eremenko Films.

Interested applicants are strongly encouraged to contact the scientists in charge of the projects as soon as possible.

Available projects:

Details of each project can be found here: sagex.ph.qmul.ac.uk/?page_id=4

Here we summarise the titles and host institutions for the 15 ESR positions:

ESR 1 (QMUL, London): Form factors and Higgs amplitudes from N = 4 super Yang-Mills to QCD

ESR 2 (QMUL, London): From amplitudes to the dilatation operator of N = 4 super Yang-Mills.

ESR 3 (Humboldt, Berlin): Uncovering the kinematic algebra behind colour-kinematic duality

ESR 4 (Humboldt, Berlin): Integrability for amplitudes and correlators

ESR 5 (DESY, Hamburg): 4D ambitwistor theory for N = 8 supergravity

ESR 6 (DESY, Zeuthen): Differential equations for phase-space integrals and Cutkosky rules

ESR 7 (Durham): Amplitudes and correlation functions as generalised polytopes

ESR 8 (Durham): Perturbative simplicity in lower dimensions

ESR 9 (CEA, Saclay): Local loop-level recursion for nonplanar theories

ESR 10 (CEA, Saclay): Two-loop QCD amplitudes for next-to-next-to-leading order calculations at the LHC

ESR 11 (NBI, Copenhagen): Scattering equations, kinematic algebra and tree and loop amplitudes

ESR 12 (NBI, Copenhagen): Applications of amplitude results in effective field theory

ESR 13 (Trinity College Dublin): Soft limits and symmetries in perturbative gauge theory and gravity

ESR 14 (Trinity College Dublin): Perturbative amplitude computations from integrability

ESR 15 (RISC/RISC GmbH, Hagenberg, Austria): Computer algebra for special functions

More Information


The successful candidates will receive a 36 month, full-time employment contract as per Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) regulations for early stage researchers. The monthly salary will be confirmed upon offer, paid in the currency of the host country, and with a correction factor applied to the host country. The approximate monthly salary before employer and statutory deductions is: €3,259 (Austria); €4,207 (Denmark); €3,452 (France); €3,072 (Germany); €3,529 (Ireland); and €3,741 (UK) plus an additional mobility allowance of €600/month. Researchers may also qualify for a family allowance of €500/month depending on family situation at the time of recruitment. Please visit the EU MSCA website for further information.

The ESRs will be enrolled in a vibrant PhD programme of leading academic and industrial researchers. In addition to their individual scientific projects, all ESRs will benefit from a dedicated training programme comprising an integrated curriculum of local and intensive network courses, schools, workshops and engagement with cutting-edge research.

Eligibility criteria

There are strict eligibility requirements within Marie Skłodowska-Curie Innovative Training Networks. At the time of appointment, applicants must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies) in the country for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately before their appointment; AND shall also be in the first four years of their research careers at the time of appointment and have not been awarded a doctoral degree.

Selection process

Applicants will need to submit, for each application:

  • Transcripts from University.
  • Curriculum vitae of at most 3 pages.
  • Contact details of two referees. Please ask your referees to send letters to the contact person listed for each node.
  • Brief description of why the applicant wishes to become a PhD student within SAGEX.

Additional comments

IMPORTANT: Please check out the pages of the individual vacancies for specific details. These are accessible from the SAGEX website: https://sagex.ph.qmul.ac.uk/?page_id=6

Offer Requirements

Specific Requirements

There are strict eligibility requirements within Marie Skłodowska-Curie Innovative Training Networks. At the time of appointment, applicants must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies) in the country for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately before their appointment; AND shall also be in the first four years of their research careers at the time of appointment and have not been awarded a doctoral degree.

Work location(s)
15 position(s) available at
Institutions across Europe in the SAGEX ITN network
United Kingdom
Mile End Road

EURAXESS offer ID: 303663


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