Landau Research Fellowships

We have created the Landau Junior Research Fellowships: five three-year posts for early-career physicists and mathematicians from Russia.

The London Institute is delighted to announce the creation of the Landau Research Fellowships. The five full-time, three-year positions are for theoretical physicists and mathematicians from Russia, who will join us in our home at the Royal Institution in Mayfair.

We have named our Fellowships after the Soviet theoretical physicist Lev Landau. In addition to his theory of superfluidity, which earned him a Nobel Prize in 1962, his catalogue of achievements includes his equations for S matrix singularities and the quantum mechanical theory of diamagnetism. The last of these contributed to a field that was pioneered by Michael Faraday at the Royal Institution, where we’re based. Landau spent five key early years at the Ukrainian Technical Institute in Kharkov. A lifelong iconoclast, in 1938 he was arrested by the Soviet authorities for his opposition to Stalin. After his colleagues raised an outcry, he was released 12 months later, and allowed to resume his work.

Funding the Fellowship

We decided to launch our Landau Research Fellowships when we had raised 2/3 of the funding, because time is of the essence. To make a contribution, or to learn more, email our Development Director, Sarah Myers Cornaby, at We are a registered charity, so your donation will be tax-exempt.

Applying for a Fellowship

About the role

The posts are full-time positions and last three years. Salaries will be benchmarked against comparable posts at the University of London. Visas will be issued via the UK Global Talent programme; this programme offers indefinite leave to remain at the end of the three years. Job activities include:

  • Conduct research in theoretical physics or mathematics.
  • Publish discoveries in top journals and disseminate them.
  • Be present in the building and interact with scientists and staff.
  • Be curious about the work of other researchers at the Institute.
  • Help communicate our research and vision to broad audiences.

About the candidate

Landau Research Fellowships are for early-career Russian nationals to move to London and work at the London Institute. Candidates should be theoretical physicists or mathematicians with the potential for research at the highest level. They can range from the first years after PhD to more established early-career researchers.

While applications are invited from any of our five research themes, those in life, learning and emergence, or with a statistical physics background, are especially encouraged.

About the London Institute

The London Institute for Mathematical Sciences is an independent institute for fundamental research in physics and mathematics. It gives scientists the freedom and support to make fundamental discoveries full-time. There are no teaching duties.

The Institute is located in the Royal Institution in Mayfair, which provides it with space to expand. This iconic building has witnessed the discovery of electromagnetism and 10 chemical elements and has 15 Nobel Prizes.

You can learn more about the London Institute at our About and Perspectives pages.

How to apply and closing date

To apply, please send a CV to Strong candidates will be invited for an interview. Applicants for the Landau programme will automatically be considered for the Arnold programme.

The Landau Research Fellowships opened for applications in August 2022. Applications will be evaluated on a rolling basis until suitable candidates are appointed.

So far, we have appointed two of the five posts.