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Research Fellow in Geometric Topology, Topological Quantum Field Theory and Applications to Quantum Computing

Are you an ambitious researcher looking for your next challenge? Do you have an established background in at least one of the following areas: geometric topology, topological quantum field theory, lattice and string-net models for topological phases, or higher gauge theory? Do you want to further your career in one of the UK’s leading research intensive universities?

We are looking for a post-doctoral Research Fellow to work on the Leverhulme Trust funded research project, “Emergent physics from lattice models of higher gauge theory”. You will contribute to our project aim, which is to investigate the different types of point-like and loop/string-like topologically excited states arising in higher gauge theory lattice models for (3+1)-dimensional topological phases of matter. A central topic of this project concerns analysing the behaviour of higher gauge theory loop excitations when they move in three-dimensional space, braid and interact, and explore applications to topological quantum computing and to knot theory in four dimensions.

You will have a PhD in algebra, low dimensional topology, topological quantum field theory, mathematical models of topological phases of matter, topological quantum computing, or a closely allied discipline, alongside experience in geometric topology or topological quantum field theory. You will also have the ability to design, execute and write up research independently, and a developing track record of peer reviewed publications in international journals.

To explore the post further or for any queries you may have, please contact: 

Dr João Faria Martins, Lecturer in Algebra 

Tel: +44 (0)113 343 4433 or email:  


Professor Paul Purdon Martin, School of Mathematics  

Tel: +44 (0)113 343 7787 or email:  

Further information 

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Location:  Leeds - Main Campus
Faculty/Service:  Faculty of Engineering & Physical Sciences
School/Institute:  School of Mathematics
Category:  Research
Grade:  Grade 7
Salary:  £33,797 to £40,322 p.a.
Working Time:  37.5 hours per week
Post Type:  Full Time
Contract Type:  Fixed Term (6 months due to grant funding)
Release Date:  Monday 11 May 2020
Closing Date:  Wednesday 10 June 2020
Interview Date:  To be confirmed
Reference:  EPSMA1017
Downloads:  Candidate Brief  

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