Research Scientist

United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization

Founded in 1964 by the late Nobel Laureate Abdus Salam and located in Trieste (Italy), the Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP) seeks to accomplish its mandate by providing scientists from developing countries with the continuing education and skills that they need to enjoy long and productive careers.

Under the direct supervision on the Head of Section/Senior Research Scientist, High Energy, Cosmology and Astroparticle Physics (HECAP) Section, the incumbent initiates, develops and coordinates front-line research in High Energy, Cosmology or Astroparticle Physics, provides guidance and mentoring to post-doctoral fellows, visitors and students, teaches courses at the ICTP and elsewhere, and participates in the organisation of activities of the section and in the selection of applicants to ICTP programmes and activities related to the section.

Essential responsibilities include:

Undertake front-line research in the own field of expertise, identifying, developing and implementing research projects in that field.
Participate in the hiring of post-doctoral fellows.
Provide guidance and mentoring to post-doctoral fellows, and guidance to any associates, visitors or fellows that collaborate on these research projects.

Education and Training:

  • Teach in the Diploma programme of the HECAP section and supervise Diploma student thesis.
  • Provide scientific supervision to and mentor M.Sc. and Ph.D. students.
  • Participate in the selection of the Diploma students and of M.Sc. and Ph.D. students as required by ICTP programmes. Teach in international programmes of the ICTP, held at ICTP and elsewhere.

Scientific Organisation and Outreach:

  • Establish wide cooperation with scientists from developing countries and identify their scientific needs in areas related to own area of expertise and formulate appropriate recommendation for incorporation within ICTP programmes.
  • Organize ICTP meetings, activities in the own field and organise ICTP external activities, predominantly in developing countries, in own field of research.
  • Apply for and manage individual research grants. Participate in the programmes of ICTP Partner Institutes.

Required Qualifications


  • Advanced University degree (Ph.D. or equivalent) in High Energy Physics, Cosmology or Astroparticle Physics, or a related field.

Work Experience

  • A minimum of 4 years of relevant professional research experience in High Energy Physics, Cosmology or Astroparticle Physics or a related field.
  • Demonstrated professional experience in the field of Particle Physics, including both phenomenological approaches to accelerator and non-accelerator probes of physics beyond the Standard Model and theoretical studies on open problems in Particle Physics.


  • Ability to collaborate effectively within a multicultural environment with sensitivity and respect for diversity.
  • Excellent analytical skills. Ability to collect, synthesize and analyse information from various sources.
  • Ability to communicate effectively on complex technical and scientific issues in English.


  • Excellent knowledge (spoken and written) of English.

Desirable Qualifications

Work Experience

  • Relevant professional research experience acquired at international level.
  • Experience in the design, implementation and management of scientific projects.
  • Experience in the teaching and/or mentoring of undergraduate or postgraduate students.
  • Experience in the development and coordination of scientific training programmes.


  • Knowledge of Italian.
  • Knowledge of another official UNESCO language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian, Spanish).


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