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PhD position in "Quantum thermodynamics of flows of light"

A fully funded PhD position in "Quantum thermodynamics of flows of light" is available for a project in the Quantum Light and Matter group led by Prof. Paul Eastham in the School of Physics, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland. The position is available from either September 2020 or March 2021. The successful candidate should hold by the start date a degree in physics or theoretical physics.

The project is a theoretical study of the thermodynamics of flows of light in the strong-coupling regime of light and matter. Light in this regime, which has been reached in semiconductor nanostructures, occurs not in the form of photons, but in the form of polaritons — particles with half-matter, half-light character. This creates new possibilities for constructing thermodynamic machines, such as heat-engines and coolers, which use light as a working medium. The project involves creating analytical and numerical theories of the thermodynamics of polariton gases, and using these theories to discover new physics and design novel devices. The ideal candidate will have interests in some or all of quantum many-body physics, condensed-matter theory, optics, thermodynamics, and simulation. We are looking for an enthusiastic and creative student who enjoys challenges and new endeavours.

The position is fully funded for 4 years as part of Trinity College's Provost's PhD Project Awards, including a stipend of € 16,000 per annum. Both international (non-EU) and EU applicants are welcome.

Applications received by 31st March 2020 will receive full consideration. To apply please send a CV and cover letter, explaining your interest in the post and giving the names of two potential referees, to easthamp@tcd.ie. Informal enquiries to this address are also welcome.

Speculative applications

I am happy to consider self-funded students, and mentor postgrads and postdocs who wish to apply for external funding. Good opportunities include the Irish Research Council's postgrad and postdoc schemes.

Possible topics for PhDs include those in the general area of theory of quantum light and matter. Example topics are dynamical phases of polariton condensates; photonic topological quantum computers; and quantum control and decoherence in solid-state qubits.