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PhD position in Quantum Condensed Matter Theory at the University of California Santa Cruz: Physics of Disordered and Strongly Correlated Systems

Project Description

Quantum Condensed Matter Theory Group at the Department of Physics at the University of California Santa Cruz (UCSC) expects to fill this PhD position starting in Fall 2019. The student will be enrolled into the Graduate Program at the UCSC and are expected to work with Profs. Sriram Shastry and Sergey Syzranov on the physics of strongly correlated materials and disordered systems and mesoscopics.

The duration of the program is typically five or six years. In the first two years, the student is expected to complete several core courses (on Classical and Quantum Mechanics, Statistical Physics, Condensed Matter and Field Theories) at the UCSC. Also, in the course of the project the student will learn some of the most advanced existing theoretical techniques for describing many-body quantum systems (high-temperature superconductors, quantum liquids, disordered metals, etc.). Using these techniques, the student will participate in developing theories of novel previously unobserved phase transitions in disordered interacting systems, predicted by our group, and studying conduction in strongly correlated electronic systems, such as high-temperature superconductors and spin liquids, which are currently posing some of the greatest challenges in condensed matter physics.

Santa Cruz is a picturesque town on the coast of the Pacific Ocean, with mild climate, beautiful beaches, and mountains. The town is bike-friendly and is within driving distance from the Silicon Valley and several other big Universities (Stanford, Berkeley, and, further away, UC Santa Barbara), which puts Santa Cruz in a particularly favorable position for collaborations with other Condensed Matter groups, both experimental and theoretical, and for having a constant stream of renowned seminar and colloquium speakers.

Interested candidates should review the full list of application requirements and submit an application to the Graduate Program at the Department of Physics at the UCSC at
(applications will be open October through mid-January 2019).
We emphasize that the Department of Physics has recently relaxed its policy concerning the GRE tests; the candidates are no longer required to submit scores for the GRE Subject and General tests in order to apply. However, taking the GRE Subject Physics test is still recommended. Please consult the above link for the full list of requirements and application materials.

Informal inquiries about the program should be sent to Prof. Sergey Syzranov at .
More information about the UCSC Physics Department may be found at

Funding Notes

Support consists of teaching assistantships for the first year and a combination of teaching and graduate research assistantships thereafter.

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