Jobs
If you have reached this page, you are probably interested in joining the EMPG in some capacity. This page lists opportunities known to us. The EMPG sits across two universities and applications are typically universitydependent. Typically one would apply to the university of the potential supervisor/collaborator.
Postdoctoral opportunities
There are a number of prestigious postdoctoral fellowships which you can apply for to work in our research group. These are listed below. Please see their websites for more details regarding the applications and their timings. We encourage interested candidates to contact the faculty member closest to their research interests. We can help with the application process.
 Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship (3 years)
 EPSRC Postdoctoral Fellowships (intradisciplinary) (3 years)
 Research Fellowships from the Royal Commission of 1851 (3 years)
 Newton International Fellowships (2 years). This is for people currently based overseas.
 Royal Society Dorothy Hodgkin Fellowships
 The UoE's Seggie Brown Fellowships (2 years) Normally advertised in November.
 STFC Ernest Rutherford Fellowships (5 years)
 EPSRC Early Career Fellowships (intradisciplinary) (5 years)
 Royal Society University Research Fellowships (5 years, extendable to 8 years) Open to EU/EEA citizens and those who have worked at EU/EEA universities.
 ERC Grants (5 years)
 Marie SkłodowskaCurie European Fellowships (up to 2 years)
Postgraduate opportunities
University of Edinburgh
We typically require a strong undergraduate degree in Mathematics and/or Physics and a Masters degree (or equivalent) in Mathematics and/or Mathematical/Theoretical Physics. Instructions on how to apply can be found here. We actively encourage applications from women and underrepresented minority candidates.
At present the group consists of the following members, with the following research interests and supervision availability.

Tim Adamo
My research develops new formulations of classical and quantum field theories which simplify the calculation of physical observables (like scattering amplitudes or correlation functions). Tools from string theory and twistor theory play a major role in my work, shifting the focus from spacetime (the stage for most traditional approaches to field theory) to settings where powerful geometric techniques can be applied to the study of physics. I am not actively looking for new PhD students to start in 2021, but could be open to supervising an applicant with a strong background in quantum field theory, string theory or general relativity.

Harry Braden
My research interests range across algebra, geometry, algebraic geometry and mathematical physics, with integrability a unifying theme. Integrable systems are those that can be solved exactly and they appear in significant physical and mathematical settings. Their modern study involves many branches of mathematics, particularly those just noted, with computational aspects of these also important. Examples of such systems range from classical mechanics to (quantum) field theory and indeed supersymmetric gauge theories relate both of these. Riemann surfaces, their geometry and function theory are an important ingredient here. I will not be taking on any new students this year.

Tudor Dimofte
My current work centers around supersymmetric quantum field theories, and in particular gauge theories. I use modern techniques from topology and algebraic geometry to characterize the interactions of local and extended operators/defects; and, conversely, apply physical dualities to produce new mathematical results in geometry and topology. I am happy to discuss this and related work. However, I am currently supervising five Ph.D. students at various stages, and am unfortunately unable to take on any new students this year.

José FigueroaO'Farrill
I work on the application of representation theory and differential geometry to problems inspired by Physics. I am particularly interested in different manifestations of supersymmetry and I am partial to homological methods. I am currently involved in two research programmes from which any PhD project I would be willing to supervise would derive:
 Spencer cohomology and supersymmetry
This is a homological approach to the classification of supersymmetric supergravity backgrounds and to the construction of rigidly supersymmetric field theories in curved space.  Spacetime Gstructures
I have become interested in the question of which are the possible geometrical structures for space and time. Going beyond General Relativity and its edifice built upon lorentzian geometry, I have become interested in "nonlorentzian geometries", which can be defined in terms of Gstructures.
I am supervising one PhD student in each of the above two programmes. As one of them will be graduating next year, I am in principle open to the possibility of taking on a new student in 2021. Suitable candidates should have a strong background in mathematics, especially differential geometry and/or Lie theory.
 Spencer cohomology and supersymmetry

Jelle Hartong
Differential geometry plays a crucial role in theoretical physics in particular in areas such as gravity, string theory, holography and formal aspects of quantum field theory. From a physical point of view the geometries involved typically obey Einstein's equivalence principle: locally a manifold is flat in the sense of Minkowski spacetime. There are however many situations in which one encounters a different type of geometry where Einstein's equivalence principle is replaced by another kinematical principle. We call such geometries nonLorentzian geometries. They appear for example as boundary geometries of various solutions of general relativity, which is relevant for nonAdS (antide Sitter) holography, but also in nonrelativistic limits of string theory such as the AdS/CFT correspondence, as well as in effective field theories that appear in condensed matter physics and fluid dynamics. This year I will not take on any new PhD students.

James Lucietti
I work on general relativity and gravitational aspects of string theory and holography. I have a particular interest in higherdimensional black hole solutions in these contexts. I'm currently supervising three PhD students, and not planning on taking on any new students in 2021.

Joan Simón
I work on the interface between quantum mechanics and general relativity together with possible observational consequences of near extremal Kerr black holes on gravitational waves. I could supervise a new PhD student if suitable requirements are fulfilled and there is enough overlap in research interests.
We also have a lot of common interests with colleagues in neighbouring fields and, in particular, the Hodge Institute have a similar webpage listing potential supervisors.
HeriotWatt Univeristy
We typically require a strong undergraduate degree in Mathematics and/or Physics and a Masters degree (or equivalent) in Mathematics and/or Mathematical/Theoretical Physics. Instructions on how to apply can be found here. We actively encourage applications from women and underrepresented minority candidates.
At present the group consists of the following members, with the following research interests and supervision availability.

Richard Davison
My work focuses on understanding the dynamics of strongly interacting quantum states of matter. These arise directly in important physical systems (like the quarkgluon plasma and strongly correlated materials), and are closely connected to black holes via the AdS/CFT correspondence. Much of my work involves using black hole toy models arising from the AdS/CFT correspondence, or hydrodynamic approximations, in order to obtain simple descriptions of the behaviour of these complicated states. I am open to taking a new PhD student this year.

Anatoly Konechny
I am interested in twodimensional conformal field theories and in renormalisation group flows between them. I have been working on developing various 2D CFT techniques such as conformal bootstrap, constructing conformal boundary conditions and interfaces and describing their fusion. I am always looking into deriving new constraints on RG flows, particularly from local RG equations, RG interfaces and from topological interfaces.
Recently my work focused on two topics: RG interfaces for bulk and boundary flows in 2D and on networks of topological interfaces (attached to conformal boundaries) and constraints following from them for RG flows.

Christian Saemann
My interests lie in classical and quantum field theories, supersymmetry, string theory as well as the applications of methods and concepts from category theory, group theory, differential and algebraic geometry in theoretical physics. At the moment I am particularly interested in methods and techniques from higher category theory and homotopical algebra on the mathematical side and scattering amplitudes, extended field theory and T/Uduality as well as the (2,0)theory and higher gauge theories in general on the physical side. I am open to taking a new PhD student this year.

Bernd Schroers
I am interested in gauge theory and topological aspects of field theory, and the application of both to physics. I am currently mostly working on magnetic skyrmions, topological excitations in (real) magnetic systems which are very interesting geometrically and, at them same time, potentially of technological use in magnetic information storage. I have an ongoing interested in quantum gravity in three dimensions. I am looking for students in any of the above fields.

Richard Szabo
My research focuses on applications of a variety of mathematical areas to problems in theoretical physics, some of which require development of new mathematical notions inspired by physics. On the mathematics side I have worked extensively on noncommutative geometry, Ktheory, algebraic and differential geometry, category theory and homotopical algebra, with applications on the physics side to problems in string theory, quantum field theory, supersymmetric gauge theory, gravity, and quantum mechanics. My recent work has focused on applications of some of these techniques to rigorous constructions of doubled/extended geometry and nongeometric backgrounds in string theory/Mtheory, and the construction of a nonassociative theory of gravity which is believed to govern the lowenergy dynamics of strings/membranes in some of these backgrounds. I have also taken a recent interest in higherdimensional cohomological gauge theories and their applications to the enumeration problems in CalabiYau geometry, as well as in anomalies and their applications to topological phases of matter. I am open to taking on a new PhD student this year.