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Recruitment: Newcastle





We welcome applications from prospective PhD students, national and international, interested in joining our theoretical research activities within the School of Mathematics, Statistics and Physics at Newcastle University.  Our research areas can be found by browsing our research page.   Further details on the application process can be found on the School PhD application page or by contacting one of the Newcastle-based JQC academics (Baggaley / Barenghi / Billam / Emary / Healy / Parker / Proukakis / Sergeev / Wood).


Currently available postdoctoral positions


Postdoctoral position available (Newcastle, Quantum Gases/Quantum Simulation)


Applications are invited to work with Prof. Nick Proukakis on a recently-awarded QuantERA award entitled “Non-equilibrium dynamics in Atomic systems for QUAntum Simulation” held jointly with Laboratoire Kastler Brossel, Saarland University, Istituto Nazionale di Ottica, Jagiellonian University, University of Cambridge, and ETH Zurich.


Applications are invited for a Research Assistant (£27,285 - £28,936 per year) or Research Associate position (£29,799 - £38,833 per year) to work with Professor Nick Proukakis on the EPSRC-funded project “Non-equilibrium dynamics in Atomic systems for QUAntum Simulation”, a joint grant between Laboratoire Kastler Brossel, Saarland University, Istituto Nazionale di Ottica, Jagiellonian University, Cambridge University, Newcastle University and ETH Zurich, within the remit of the European-wide QuantERA ERA-NET Cofund in Quantum Technologies. You will develop and implement tools to study the non-equilibrium quenched dynamics of ultra-cold atoms across different phase transitions, as part of a systematic, closely interlinked experimental-theoretical study, working closely with experimentalists at Trento (Ferrari-Lamporesi), Paris (Beugnon-Dalibard-Nascimbene) and Cambridge (Hadzibabic).


You should already have (or expect to be awarded soon) a PhD in physics (or applied mathematics), demonstrated expertise and high-quality publications in areas such as ultra-cold atoms, quantum optics, polariton condensates, and/or condensed matter theory and excellent numerical skills. Direct familiarity with non-equilibrium, finite temperature and/or stochastic modelling, and previous postdoctoral research experience in modelling quantum systems are very desirable assets.


The post is available for 24 months, with an expected start date in Summer/Autumn 2018 (and no later than 28 January 2019).


Potentially interested applicants are strongly encouraged to make direct informal enquiries with Professor Nick Proukakis (nikolaos.proukakis@newcastle.ac.uk).


Details on how to apply for this post can be found at:




Currently available studentships


PhD in Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics - Vortex Dynamics in Superfluids: We are offering a fully-funded PhD studentship on the theoretical / computational study of quantum vortices in superfluid helium and/or atomic Bose-Einstein condensates (BECs). You will join a team consisting of Professor Carlo Barenghi, Dr Nick Parker and Dr Luca Galantucci. Details here.


PhD in Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics - Dynamical Simulations of Hot-Electron Quantum Optics: The aims of this project are: to develop realistic numerical simulations of hot-electron devices, to analyse and optimise a variety of quantum-optics geometries, and to investigate applications in quantum electronics, quantum computation and quantum-enhanced metrology. This is a theoretical/computational project but the work will be carried out in close collaboration with world-leading experimentalists at the National Physical Laboratory. You will work together with supervisor Dr Clive Emary of the School of Mathematics, Statistics and Physics at Newcastle University, as well as Dr Andrea Bertoni at CNR NANO, Modena, Italy, and the experimental team of Dr Masaya Kataoka at the National Physical Laboratory (NPL). Details here.