Utah State University

Postdoctoral Fellow I

City Logan Campus
Posted Date 2 months ago(10/15/2021 12:53 PM)
Requisition ID
# of Openings
Job Locations
Category (Portal Searching)
Research (non-Faculty)
Position Type
Benefited Full-Time
Job Classification
Percent of Time or Hours per Week
College of Science
Advertised Salary
Commensurate with education and experience, plus excellent benefits


The Department of Physics of Utah State University invites applications for a two-year postdoctoral research position in theoretical high energy and gravitational physics, broadly understood. Areas of particular interest include, but are not limited to, string theory, quantum field theory and black hole physics. The position will start in September 1, 2022.


Candidates should be in possession of a PhD in Theoretical Physics or related disciplines. They should be highly motivated individuals with strong research credentials and a proven track record of previous contributions to the field. They should possess strong oral and written communication skills and the ability to work in a research team environment. Previous experience in analytic computation software is desirable. Teaching opportunities at the upper undergraduate or graduate levels may be available.


Members of the theoretical high energy physics/gravity physics group at Utah State University include Maria J. Rodriguez, Charles Torre, Oscar Varela and James Wheeler. The group maintains close links with the Department of Mathematics.


Review of applications will begin on December 1, 2021. Applications will be considered until the position is filled.


Further inquiries should be addressed to Oscar Varela (Oscar.varela@usu.edu).


  • Develop specific models of the AdS/CFT correspondence
    Perform computations in supergravity and string theory
  • Develop presentations and publications
  • Service (e.g. refereeing publications, student committees)
  • Teaching opportunities


Minimal qualifications:

  1. PhD in Theoretical Physics or related disciplines.
  2. Experience in working on recent models in black hole physics, string theory, or high energy physics.
  3. Strong oral and written communication skills.
  4. Ability to adapt to a research team.

Preferred qualifications:

  1. Previous experience working in higher-dimensional black holes and the AdS/CFT correspondence.
  2. Expertise in analytic computation software like Mathematica or Maple.
  3. History of previous research funding success.
  4. Previous teaching experience.

Required Documents

Along with the online application, please attach:

1. Cover Letter to be uploaded as a PDF at the beginning of your application in the Candidate Profile under “Documents 1-5”

2. Resume/CV including list of publications to be uploaded as a PDF at the beginning of your application in the Candidate Profile under “Resume/CV” 

3. Research Statement to be uploaded as a PDF file under "Documents 1-5"

4. The names and email addresses of three references (your references will be automatically sent a system email from USU asking them to upload a letter of recommendation).


**Document size may not exceed 10 MB.**

Advertised Salary

Commensurate with education and experience, plus excellent benefits


Employees work indoors and are protected from weather and/or contaminants, but not, necessarily, occasional temperature changes.  The employee is regularly required to sit and often uses repetitive hand motions.

University Highlights

Utah State University (USU) was founded in 1888 and is honored to be Utah’s land-grant and space-grant university. USU is a Carnegie RU/H (Research University/High Research Activity) institution with approximately 27,700 students (24,660 undergraduates and 3,040 graduate students) on the Logan main campus. Utah State’s statewide system features eight campuses and 23 education centers and serves all counties in the state with Extension programs. USU offers 114 undergraduate majors, 132 graduate programs, and a variety of innovative stackable associate and certificate credentials. Washington Monthly ranked USU 14th in their national university rankings in 2019 and the 5th best public national university in the nation in 2018. As one of the two premier research institutions in Utah, USU is proud to provide a high-quality education at an affordable price. Additional information about Utah State University can be found here.


A core characteristic of USU is engagement with communities and people in economic development, improvements to quality of life, and human capital. Through the practical application of knowledge, the University and its faculty engage and share expertise with the state, nation, and world, preserving the historical land-grant tradition of partnering with communities to address critical societal issues in the interest of the public good.


The USU main campus is located in beautiful Logan, Utah; a city of about 50,000 situated in a picturesque mountain valley about 80 miles north of Salt Lake City. Outstanding recreational opportunities abound in the nearby mountains and proximate region.


Notice of Non-discrimination

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The following individuals have been designated to handle inquiries regarding the application of Title IX and its implementing regulations and/or USU’s non-discrimination policies:


Executive Director of the Office of Equity Alison Adams-Perlac, alison.adams-perlac@usu.edu, Old Main Rm. 161, 435-797-1266

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For further information regarding non-discrimination, please visit https://equity.usu.edu/, or contact:

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USU is sensitive to the needs of dual career couples and provides a Dual Career Assistance program to support careers for partners who are also seeking employment.


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