Postdoc Position in Theoretical Condensed Matter Physics

Updated: 1 day ago
Deadline: 14 Sep 2019

A postdoc position is open in the newly established theory group of Michele Burrello in Niels Bohr Institute (University of Copenhagen). The research activity will focus on topological phases of matter and it will be carried out in the Center for Quantum Devices (QDEV) and in collaboration with the Niels Bohr International Academy (NBIA).

The appointment duration is two years, with the possibility of an extension for two additional years. The target starting date is November 2019, but can be changed by arrangement. The position is funded by the Villum Foundation Young Investigator Grant “Architectures for non-Abelian Anyons”.

The main research topic will be the theoretical study of models with topological order in low-dimensional many-body systems, including both solid state and ultracold atom setups. A particular attention will be devoted to the design of interacting systems with non-Abelian anyons.

The applicant should have a PhD degree in physics (or expect to defend her/his PhD thesis in the next months), with a strong background in condensed matter or quantum many-body theory. Preference will be given to candidates with experience in one of the following fields: topological phases of matter, strongly-correlated ultracold atom or electron systems.

In particular, experiences in developing and applying numerical methods for the simulation of quantum many-body systems (including density matrix renormalization group, tensor networks, and exact diagonalization) are highly appreciated.

The Center for Quantum Devices is a basic research center supported by the Danish National Research Foundation, comprising materials research, experimental physics, nanoelectronics and condensed matter theory. Information about QDev can be found at qdev.dk .  

The Niels Bohr International Academy is an independent center of excellence for fundamental research hosted by the Niels Bohr Institute. Its main research areas include astroparticle physics, biophysics, condensed matter physics, quantum information, particle physics, cosmology, and theoretical astrophysics. Further information can be found at nbia.nbi.ku.dk .

The University wishes our staff to reflect the diversity of society and thus welcomes applications from all qualified candidates regardless of personal background. The primary criterion for the evaluation of candidates is the excellence of their research.

Terms of employment
The position is covered by the Memorandum on Job Structure for Academic Staff.

Terms of appointment and payment accord to the agreement between the Ministry of Finance and The Danish Confederation of Professional Associations on Academics in the State.

The starting salary is currently up to DKK 404.763 including annual supplement (+ pension up to DKK 60.784). Negotiation for salary supplement is possible.
The application, in English, must be submitted electronically by clicking APPLY NOW below.

Please include:

  • Curriculum vitae
  • Diplomas (Master and PhD degree or equivalent; in case the PhD thesis has not been defended yet, please specify the expected date of the defence)
  • Research statement – description of scientific achievements, current research interests and future research plans
  • Complete publication list (underline the 3 most relevant papers)
  • Full contact information (name, address, telephone & email) of three professional referees who may be contacted for letters of reference

The deadline for applications is 14 September 2019.

After the expiry of the deadline for applications, the authorized recruitment manager selects applicants for assessment on the advice of the Interview Committee.

As an equal opportunities employer, the University of Copenhagen invites applications from all interested candidates, regardless of gender, age, religion, or ethnic origin.

You can read about the recruitment process at: http://employment.ku.dk/faculty/recruitment-process/ .


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