Theoretical research only based jobs

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As the title suggest I wish after I finish my higher degree to be involved in a research based career, as far as I can tell
postdoc is for continuing in academia and also teaching, which I am not fond of.

So which options are available without wanting to teach?
 

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You want theoretical research jobs only but not in academia? I would think academia would be your largest theoretical research pool.
 
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You want theoretical research jobs only but not in academia? I would think academia would be your largest theoretical research pool.
I don't mind teaching graduate students (although it depends what type of students are enrolled), but teaching first year undergraduate students is not my cup of tea.

I don't mind staying in academia, but my thought was that research only jobs in academia is mainly for postdocs, which is a temporary job anyway.

What other options are there in academia for research only jobs?
 
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There are very few. There are US national lab positions plus places like IAS and Perimeter. These probably total ~100 positions, so ~3 per year open up. Note that these are in all areas of physics; if you do HEP Theory and a position in condensed matter theory opens up, it doesn't help you.

There are a small number of industrial theory positions with companies like IBM. These are essentially all in condensed matter, and often very specialized areas within condensed matter.

If you have a Nobel Prize or similar, you can get a faculty position where teaching is not required.
 
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Interesting; that's actually a better ratio than I'd assumed.
A few years ago, RIM's stocks actually went up even after posting a loss, all because the loss was less than what many analysts had predicted.

I can't help feeling that this is similar to what you had just said. And in both cases, they made me scratch my head.

Zz.
 
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What are you confused about?
 

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