Senior Researcher Position

No. of Position(s)


Research area

  • Theoretical High Energy Physics
  • Cosmology
  • String Phenomenology


If hired, the job category/grade and annual salary will be determined in accordance with IBS rules and regulations.


Daejeon, South Korea

Center for Theoretical Physics of the Universe

Contract period

Initial appointment will be for 2 years, and can be extended for an additional year subject to the performance review and funding situation.

Starting Date: March – September (later time is negotiable), 2021


Ma-Young Kim


Applicants must have a Ph.D. in particle physics theory or other related fields


publications in international journals or well-known international conferences

Responsibilities/Job Description

Require a Ph.D. degree and a track record of research in their field. Appointed for a term of up to five years and, through an evaluation, may be promoted to senior research fellow during employment.
※ In case of the Center’s closure during employment, the employment contract will be terminated accordingly.

How to Apply?


For full consideration, application materials including the letters should be submitted by December 1, 2020.

Documents required

Submit the following items online at this website to complete your application:

  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Research statement (1 page)
  • Publication list
  • Consent form for collection and use of personal information
  • Three reference letters (to be submitted online by the reference writers at the online application site)

Download the consent form

About Center for Theoretical Physics of the Universe (CTPU)

The research group at the CTPU involves 7 faculty members (Kiwoon Choi, Sanghyeon Chang, Kenji Kadota, Chang Sub Shin, Sang Hui Im, Seung-Joo Lee and Pablo Soler), as well as 13 postdoctoral research fellows. We also have affiliate faculty members (Myeonghun Park, Kyu Jung Bae, and Seodong Shin) who are actively working with our group members. The official language at the center is English.

Research interests of our group cover broad areas of theoretical high energy physics and cosmology, including physics beyond the Standard Model, collider phenomenology, dark matter, early Universe cosmology, large scale structure of the Universe, string compactifications, and their phenomenological consequences. We have strong ties to the cosmology group at KASI. We also have close relations with the experimental centers hosted by IBS: the Center for Axion and Precision Physics Research and the Center for Underground Physics.

Screening Process

Step 1
(document screening)
Suitability for the position and for the field of work, excellence of the applicant’s research achievements, development possibility, etc.
Step 2
Knowledge in their field, attitude and communication skills, presentation skills, the excellence of their research, development potential and prospect, English skill, etc.
[Further notice will be provided to the final candidates]


Required qualifications

  • A Ph.D. from South Korean or foreign university
  • Must be in compliance with the requirements for appointments as specified in Article 33 of the State Public Officials Act and IBS statutes
  • Must have no restrictions traveling overseas. Male applicants must have completed or be exempted from compulsory military service

Preferred qualifications

Individuals with disabilities as defined in Articles 3 and 4 of the Enforcement Decree of the Act on the Employment Promotion and Vocational Rehabilitation of Persons with Disabilities, or individuals eligible for employment assistance as defined in Article 29 of the Act on the Honorable Treatment of and Support for Persons, Etc. of Distinguished Service to the State (additional points will be given during the screening/evaluation process)

  • Applicants will be responsible for any consequences of making mistakes, missing information or not submitting required documentation in their applications. If any information is found to be incorrect or false, the job offer will be withdrawn.
  • Submitted documents may be returned when a request is made within three months from the announcement of the final result in accordance with Article 4 of the Enforcement Decree of the Fair Hiring Procedure Act.
  • If candidates are disqualified due to a background check or a physical examination result, the job offer will be withdrawn.
  • If candidates are found to be former public officials dismissed for corruption as set forth in Article 82 of the Act on the Prevention of Corruption and the Establishment of the Anti-corruption and Civil Rights Commission, the job offer will be withdrawn.
  • No applicants may be hired if there are no applicants deemed qualified during the screening process.

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