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PhD position in "Quantum thermodynamics beyond the Markovian regime"

A fully funded PhD position in "Quantum thermodynamics beyond the Markovian regime" is available for a joint project between the School of Physics, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland, and the Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of St Andrews, U.K. The work will be jointly supervised by Profs. Paul Eastham and John Goold in Trinity College Dublin, in conjunction with Dr. Brendon Lovett in the University of St Andrews. The successful candidate must hold by the start date a degree in physics, theoretical physics or applied mathematics.

Details about the research groups can be found on their websites:

Thermodynamics and energetics of quantum systems (Goold)
Quantum Light and Matter (Eastham)
Theory of Quantum Nanomaterials (Lovett)

The project is a theoretical study of the thermodynamics of non-equilibrium quantum systems beyond the weak-coupling and Markovian limits. It entails the development of numerical and analytical methods applicable to this regime, and their application to fundamental questions as well as experiments. The ideal candidate will have interests in quantum many-body physics, condensed-matter theory, thermodynamics, quantum information, and numerical simulation. We are looking for an enthusiastic and creative student who enjoys challenges and new endeavours.

The position is fully funded for a period of 4 years. The successful candidate will be enrolled in the graduate program at Trinity College Dublin and may be required to spend up to two years working in St Andrews.

Deadline for applications: 31st of March 2018 for start in Aug/Sept 2018.

To apply please send a CV and cover letter with the names of two potential referees (letters are not required at this point) to easthamp@tcd.ie, gooldj@tcd.ie and bwl4@st-andrews.ac.uk. Informal enquiries to these addresses 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.