Research Assistant/Associate in Quenched Quantum Gases/Quantum Simulation - D123685R

Newcastle University - Faculty of Science, Agriculture & Engineering - Mathematics, Statistics and Physics - Mathematics and Statistics


£27,285 - £28,936 per annum (without PhD)
£29,799 - £38,833 per annum (PhD Awarded)

Applications are invited for a Research Assistant/Associate position in the School of Mathematics, Statistics & Physics, to work with Professor Nick Proukakis on the EPSRC-funded project “Non-equilibrium dynamics in Atomic systems for QUAntum Simulation”, a joint grant between Laboratoire Kastler Brossel, Saarland University, Istituto Nazionale di Ottica, Jagiellonian University, Cambridge University, Newcastle University and ETH Zurich, within the remit of the European-wide QuantERA ERA-NET Cofund in Quantum Technologies. You will develop and implement tools to study the non-equilibrium quenched dynamics of ultra-cold atoms across different phase transitions, as part of a systematic, closely interlinked experimental-theoretical study, working closely with experimentalists at Trento (Ferrari-Lamporesi), Paris (Beugnon-Dalibard-Nascimbene) and Cambridge (Hadzibabic).

You should already have (or expect to be awarded soon) a PhD in physics (or applied mathematics), demonstrated expertise and high-quality publications in areas such as ultra-cold atoms, quantum optics, polariton condensates, and/or condensed matter theory. Direct familiarity with non-equilibrium, finite temperature and/or stochastic modelling, and previous postdoctoral research experience in modelling quantum systems are very desirable assets. The project will take place within the Joint Quantum Centre (JQC) Durham-Newcastle. The post is available for 24 months, with an expected start date in Summer/Autumn 2018 (and no later than 28 January 2019).

We encourage informal enquiries to be made to Professor Nick Proukakis ( More information about the School and the Joint Quantum Centre can be respectively found at and

The University holds a silver Athena SWAN award in recognition of our good employment practices for the advancement of gender equality, and the University holds the HR Excellence in Research award for our work to support the career development of our researchers. We are also a member of the Euraxess network.

Please be advised that due to a new minimum salary threshold of £30,000 per annum imposed by the UKVI, this post may not qualify for University sponsorship under Tier 2 of the points based system.

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