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PhD in Theoretical/Computational Physics - Quantum Droplets

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Friday, February 07, 2020
  • Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)
    Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

Project Description

Number of awards
1

Start date and duration
42 months from September 2020

Overview
This exciting project will use theoretical and computational approaches to study a radical new type of quantum fluid – termed the quantum droplet – in which quantum fluctuations become significant. Quantum droplets were recently discovered in ultracold atom experiments and offer a unique platform to probe and study quantum fluctuations, which are omnipresent in the universe and yet usually too subtle and weak to observe. The project will be supervised by Dr Nick Parker and Dr Tom Billam, who were recently awarded an EPSRC grant to study this fascinating new system, and will involve working closely with the quantum droplet experiments of Professor Simon Cornish (Durham University) to model and explain the observations.  

The successful applicant will join the Quantum Matter Research Group in the School of Mathematics, Statistics and Physics (https://bit.ly/38eJjJm), part of the Joint Quantum Centre Durham-Newcastle. This group will provide a rich and vibrant research atmosphere with regular seminar series, advanced training modules, and an active visitor programme. The candidate will be trained in high performance computing (HPC) and have access to the institutional HPC system.

As well as the above stipend and fees, the studentship includes the provision of a new desktop computer and travel allowance. Students also have the opportunity to take part in a range of paid teaching activities, with training provided.

The School is committed to promoting diversity, and we particularly encourage applications from under-represented groups.

Sponsor
UKRI and School of Mathematics, Statistics and Physics (https://bit.ly/38eJjJm)

Name of supervisor(s)
Dr Nick Parker (https://bit.ly/2OUucx3) and Dr Tom Billam(https://bit.ly/2RpTZit)

Eligibility Criteria
You must have or expect to obtain a first class or 2:1 honours degree in mathematics, physics, or a closely related discipline. A strong ability in computational and theoretical physics, and an enthusiasm for research, are essential.

This award is available to UK/EU and international candidates. If English is not your first language, you must have IELTS 6.5 overall (with a minimum of 5.5 in all sub-skills).

How to apply
You must apply through the University’s online postgraduate application system (https://bit.ly/2PiCKNx).

You will need to:

click on programme of study
insert 8080F PhD Math (FT) in the programme code section and click search
select Programme name ‘PhD Mathematics (fulltime) Applied’
insert MSP023 in the studentship/partnership reference field
attach a covering letter and CV. The covering letter must state the title of the studentship, quote reference code MSP023 and state how your interests and experience relate to the project
attach degree transcripts and certificates and, if English is not your first language, a copy of your English language qualifications.
If you already have an active application which you wish to be associated with this studentship, please access the Application Portal and send an enquiry to the PG Admissions team, stating your request to be associated with this studentship

Contact
Dr Nick Parker (https://bit.ly/2OUucx3) and Dr Tom Billam (https://bit.ly/2RpTZit)

Funding Notes

100% of UK/EU tuition fees paid and annual living expenses of £15,009 International fees will be considered where possible.

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