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ESPRC PhD studentship on Theoretical description of non-equilibrium quantum matter (2016)

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    Dr D Porras
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  • Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
    Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

Project Description

We are pleased to offer this fully-funded PhD studentship, available in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Sussex.

We consider a quantum system that we initialize out of equilibrium and isolate from any external bath. Can we expect it to feature characteristics of equilibration or even thermalization? How does classical statistical mechanics emerge when size and complexity increase? Those questions have been debated since the early days of quantum mechanics, but many questions remain open. The student will work on a theoretical description of equilibration processes by using different analytical and numerical techniques. The project will yield predictions on non-equilibrium phenomena in systems like trapped atoms and superfluids. Furthermore, we will explore applications in the field of quantum sensing and in the preparation of novel quantum states of matter

The PhD project will be under the supervision of Dr Diego Porras.

Award amount
£14057 (2015-16) per annum tax-free bursary and waiver of UK/EU fees each year for 3.5 years.Full-time study

Applicants must hold, or expect to hold, a UK Bachelor degree in Physics at first or upper second class, and/or a UK Master’s degree in Physics, or equivalent non-UK qualifications. A good standard of written and spoken English is essential.
Due to funding restrictions, the studentship is open to UK and EU resident students only.

Application procedure
Apply through the Sussex on-line system
State in the Funding Information section of the application form that you would like to apply for this studentship, giving the title of the project as above.
Applications should include a CV, as well as transcripts of marks obtained on your degree(s) and the names and contact details of two academic referees. Please also include an overview of why you are suitable for his position and your reasons for applying.

Early application is advised. The studentship will be allocated as soon as a suitable candidate is found. The very latest we can accept an application is 31st August 2015, but the position is likely to be filled before this date.

Preferred start dates at Sussex: 1st February 2016 or 12th May 2016.

Other start dates may be negotiable.

Further information

This is a full-time studentship. With agreement of the supervisor the student may take on a limited amount of teaching, for which additional payment will be made.

The award includes an additional training grant of £1650 p.a. for short courses, books, travel, conferences etc.

The Department of Physics research webpages can be found here:


Contact details
Informal enquiries should be sent to Dr Diego Porras, http://www.sussex.ac.uk/profiles/326485

Enquiries about your eligibility, the progress of your application and admission to Sussex, should be sent to Rebecca Foster, [email protected]

Funding Notes

£14057 (2015-16) per annum tax-free bursary and waiver of UK/EU fees each year for 3.5 years.

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