PhD Studentship in Condensed Matter Theory

Updated: 4 months ago
Location: London, ENGLAND
Deadline: 29 Feb 2020

UCL Department / Division
UCL Physics and Astronomy
Location of position
Duration of Studentship
4 years
£16,777 per annum
Vacancy Information
A PhD studentship in condensed matter theory is available at University College London in the Department of Physics & Astronomy starting October 2020. The group’s research has synergies with the local research milieu of UCLQ Quantum Science and Technology Institute and London Centre for Nanotechnology. The studentship includes a stipend and tuition fees for 4 years. The studentship will be under the supervision of Dr. Arijeet Pal (Lecturer in Condensed Matter and Material Physics).
Studentship Description
Project: Correlated non-equilibrium quantum matter 
Project Description: The dynamics of interacting quantum systems host a variety of fascinating phenomena. Recent developments include new non-equilibrium phases of matter characterised by many-body localization and time-crystallinity. In these phases of matter laws of equilibrium thermodynamics cease to apply, thereby exhibiting macroscopic quantum behaviour in highly excited states. These have opened the door for investigating quantum many body physics in an entirely new regime away from zero temperature. Furthermore, recent experimental progress in quantum control of solid state systems (NV centres, quantum dots) and synthetic quantum systems (cold atoms, trapped ions) has allowed exploration of these questions in the laboratory.
This project aims to study the properties of many-body localisation and time-crystallinity. Focus would be on long-range interacting systems and the effects of external environment. The work is related to a European Research Council funded project in the group on the same subject. The candidate will be expected to be well-versed with the concepts and tools of quantum many-body physics and quantum information science. The project will involve applying both analytical and numerical methods. Therefore, a strong background in condensed matter theory and quantum many-body physics will be preferred. There is also scope for collaboration with experimental groups at UCL studying quantum dynamics. 
For further details on the research in the group refer to the group webpage (
Person Specification
Applicants should have (or expect by September 2020) at least a 2.1 MSci (or the equivalent from a non-UK university) in physics. They will demonstrate strong interest and self-motivation in the subject, good analytical and computational skills, and ability to think critically and creatively.
Please refer to the following website for eligibility criteria: 
The start date is 1st October 2019. The studentship will cover all university fees and includes funds for maintenance at the standard UK rate and for participation in international conferences and workshops. 
If you have any queries about this studentship and all other informal enquiries, please contact Dr. Arijeet Pal (  
Please submit applications in the following format: 
A CV, including full details of all University course grades to date.
Contact details for three academic or professional referees (at least two academic).
A personal statement (750 words maximum) outlining (i) your suitability for the project with reference to the criteria in the person specification, (ii) what you hope to achieve from the PhD and (iii) your research experience to-date.  
Please include a contact telephone number and an email address where you can be easily reached. References will be taken up for all short-listed candidates. 
Please send electronic applications to . Send an email at on completion of the application. 
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.
Contact name
Arijeet Pal
Contact details
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Closing Date
29 Feb 2020
Latest time for the submission of applications
Interview date
Studentship Start Date
October 2020
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