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PhD in Computational Many-Body Physics

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Friday, February 08, 2019
  • Competition Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)
    Competition Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

Project Description

Candidates are sought for a PhD position in the field of computational many-body physics. This project is in competition with other projects offered by the School of Physical Sciences for one of a number of Vice Chancellor’s PhD Studentships.

The aim of this PhD project is to develop a quantitative model of heavy-fermion Fermi liquids and superconductors [1]. We will approach the study of such materials by improving on the accuracy of dynamical mean-field theory. This will be achieved using numerical diagrammatic Monte-Carlo methods, an approach based on the stochastic summation of Feynman graphs [2].

The project will offer exposure to both numerical and analytical methods of quantum many-body physics. The candidate will perform tasks including code development, simulation and data analysis, application of analytic models, and comparison to theory predictions, allowing them to develop their understanding of condensed matter physics alongside strong computational and programming skills.

The successful candidate will be based in the School of Physical Sciences at the University of Kent’s main campus in Canterbury. They will work within the Quantum Theory and Simulation theme of the School’s interdisciplinary Functional Materials Group, under the direct supervision of Dr Gunnar Möller. Graduate training will be provided the Graduate School of the University of Kent and by the SEPNet Consortium.

This PhD Studentship is due to start in September 2019.

Applicants should have or expect to obtain a first or upper second-class honours Master degree (or international equivalent) in Physics, Mathematics or a related quantitative subject. A background in condensed matter physics and computational methods is essential, and knowledge of many-body physics and field theoretical methods would be an advantage. Readiness to engage with high performance numerical work is essential, and prior experience programming and working in a Linux environment is desirable. Candidates should have good communication skills and a solid working knowledge of the English language.

• Supervisor - Dr Gunnar Möller:
• Kent Quantum Theory and Simulation:
• Postgraduate Research:
• South-East Physics Network (SEPNet):

Contact: For further information or informal enquiries, please contact Dr Gunnar Möller at .

How to Apply: To apply please go to

You will need to apply through the online application form for postgraduate students on the main University website. Please indicate Full-Time and PhD and list Dr Gunnar Möller as/among your preferred supervisor(s) in order to be considered for this studentship. Please use the box entitled “Research Proposal” to demonstrate how you meet the requirements for this specific post. Please note that you will be expected to provide personal details, education and employment history and supporting documentation (Curriculum Vitae, transcript of results, two academic references).

References: [1] P. Coleman, “Heavy Fermions and the Kondo Lattice: a 21st Century Perspective”, arxiv:1509.05769, [2] K. Van Houcke et al., arXiv:0802.2923, Computer Simulation Studies in Condensed Matter Physics XXI, Springer (2008).
Deadline Date for Applications: 8th February 2019

Funding Notes

This is in competition with other projects for a Vice Chancellor’s Research Scholarship, which would be offered at the standard UK Research Councils' rate (currently £14,777; to cover living costs) and will additionally cover tuition fees at the Home/EU rate (currently £4,260 per annum). This scholarship is available to both UK and EU nationals and will involve undertaking teaching/demonstrating duties during the period of study.

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