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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 our 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 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 either 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, Tel: +44 (0)113 343 4433, Email:, or

Professor Paul Purdon Martin, Tel: +44 (0)113 343 7787, Email:

Location:  Leeds - Main Campus
Faculty/Service:  Faculty of Mathematics & Physical Sciences
School/Institute:  School of Mathematics
Category:  Research
Grade:  Grade 7
Salary:  £32,548 to £38,833 p.a.
Due to funding limitations it is unlikely that the starting salary will exceed £34,520 a year
Working Time:  37.5 hour per week
Post Type:  Full Time
Contract Type:  Fixed Term (2 years)
Release Date:  Wednesday 02 May 2018
Closing Date:  Tuesday 29 May 2018
Interview Date:  Monday 18 June 2018
Reference:  MAPMA1083
Downloads:  Candidate Brief  

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