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PhD position in Atomic Quantum Physics at University of Amsterdam in the Netherlands 2022

The Institute of Physics at the University of Amsterdam is offering PhD positions In Atomic Quantum Physics in the 2022/23 academic session.

Project details:

You will work in a team that develops a new quantum simulation and computation platform: trapped ions that are pinned by optical microtraps. They aim to use this system as a programmable quantum simulator for quantum many-body dynamics and quantum computation applications. Your project will centre on investigation of the role of interaction range, connectivity, and dimensionality in transport and entanglement dynamics in quantum many-body systems both theoretically and experimentally. The project will consist of several interrelated sub-projects that aim to answer the following questions:

  • What is the functional form of equilibration in systems with long-range vs short-range interactions?
  • What is the appropriate controlled approximation that captures the transport dynamics in higher dimensional systems?
  • What is the most experimentally accessible way to create flexible connectivity and create patterns of interest?

In order to explore these topics you will develop state of the art numerical methods based on Matrix Product States (MPS) and Tensor networks. This will allow you to address questions 1 and 2. You will then use both the exact numerics, as well as the approximate techniques, to address question 1 for a variety of connectivity patterns and dimensionality, including 2D triangular lattices, the Bethe lattice, and models such as the SYK model. The methods you develop here will have very broad applications and have the potential to allow for numerical simulation of systems where even the current best exact methods cannot address.

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Worth of Award

  • The salary, depending on relevant experience before the beginning of the employment contract, will be €2,395 to €3,061 (scale P) gross per month, based on a full-time contract of 38 hours a week.
  • Secondary benefits at Dutch universities are attractive and include 8% holiday pay and an 8.3% end-of-year bonus.


They require a MSc. in (theoretical or experimental) Physics or Physical Chemistry and you are requested to motivate why you apply for the position and to supply a CV.

Other skills/experiences/documents that would benefit your application are:

  • previous laboratory experience in an atomic physics lab;
  • solid programming skills (in Python, MATLAB, or equivalent) and previous experience in a numerical project;
  • excellent communication skills (English);
  • scientific publications.

To foster diversity in our research group, we will especially appreciate applications from female candidates.

How to Apply

You may apply using the link below. Your application must include:

  • a curriculum vitae;
  • a motivation letter that explains why you have chosen to apply for this specific position with a statement of your research experience and interests and how these relate to this project;
  • transcript of grades;
  • title and summary of your Master thesis and a pdf copy or a link to it in case it is already completed.
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They will consider applications as they are received with flexible starting dates, and the positions will remain open until five suitable candidates have been identified.

Deadline: The formal closing date is December 1, 2021.


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