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Development of novel computational methods for quantum many-body problems in extended systems


   Department of Physics

   Applications accepted all year round  Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

About the Project

The aim of this ambitious research project is to make progress in the numerical simulation tools that we have available, to describe challenging electronically strongly-correlated quantum materials to unprecedented accuracy, and apply these developments to systems where this correlated quantum physics is insufficiently described with existing techniques. This will involve development of novel approximations and techniques, from inception and implementation, to their application. These methods will borrow from a range of techniques in other fields to make progress, including machine learning, quantum computing, quantum cluster methods, diagrammatics, Monte Carlo sampling and tensor networks. These new ideas will be developed and then applied to real systems of significant technological interest, including transition metal catalysts, quantum lattice models and photoactive materials.

Applicants should have a background and enthusiasm for quantum many-body theory from a physics or chemistry perspective, programming and numerical modelling skills, as well as being keen to work in a team, based in central London at King's College London.

UK (home) students are eligible to apply, and exceptional overseas candidates will also be considered for a funding uplift to cover overseas fees. Interested applicants are encouraged to get in contact with the PI () with a brief CV as soon as possible for more information and details on how to apply. Start date: October 2023.

Group website: https://www.kcl.ac.uk/nms/depts/physics/people/academicstaff/booth.aspx

To be considered for the position candidates must apply via King’s Apply online application system. Details are available at:

https://www.kcl.ac.uk/physics/postgraduate/research-degrees

Please indicate your desired supervisor (George Booth) and quote research group Theory and Simulation of Condensed Matter in your application and all correspondence.

The selection process will involve a pre-selection on documents, if selected this will be followed by an invitation to an interview. If successful at the interview, an offer will be provided in due time.

https://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/postgraduate-research/how-to-apply


Funding Notes

Funding is available for 3.5 years and covers tuition fees at the level set for UK students, c. £6,120 p.a. and a tax-free stipend of no less than £19,688 p.a. with possible inflationary increases.
A limited number of UKRI fully-funded studentships are available students who are classified as International Students. Please apply through our normal application route.
Note: A UKRI fully-funded studentship will only cover what is listed under the ‘Funding’ section. Applications should be aware there may be other costs which will not be covered by the studentship, for example, visa fees, healthcare surcharge, relocation costs and COVID-19 related quarantine costs.

References

https://journals.aps.org/prx/abstract/10.1103/PhysRevX.12.011046
https://journals.aps.org/prresearch/abstract/10.1103/PhysRevResearch.4.023126

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