PhD Student

Last application date
Mar 15, 2023 00:00
WE05 - Department of Physics and Astronomy
Limited duration
MSc degree awarded by the starting date (01 October 2023)
Occupancy rate
Vacancy type
Research staff

Job description

Newly funded ERC Consolidator Grant project High-TheQ led by Prof. Michal P. Heller is looking for exceptionally motivated PhD students in theoretical physics. The aim High-TheQ is to answer foundational questions about nonequilibrium dynamics of quantum field theories in connection with ultrarelativistic nuclear collisions, relativistic hydrodynamics, holography (AdS/CFT) and cold atom experiments. The following three papers 2003.07368, 2112.12794, 2209.14883 can be used to get a flavour of the science underlying High-TheQ.

Hired students will join a vibrant research group based at Ghent University in Belgium and will enjoy a stimulating academic environment. The positions are funded for four years with the starting date 01 October 2023.

Job profile

Familiarity with fundamental theoretical physics concepts, such as quantum fields and general relativity is important. Prior expertise in the area of the project and expertise in Mathematica and other programming languages are welcome, but not necessary. Documented problem solving abilities (for example, successes in physics/mathematics/computer science/complex strategic games competitions, coding contributions to elaborate projects, fruitful internships in science or technology) can be an important asset.

How to apply

Please send your CV, motivation letter, BSc and MSc grade transcripts and, optionally, sample part of your master thesis or other problem solving accomplishment in an email titled with your SECOND NAME FIRST NAME to

Two letters of recommendations from faculty members (exceptionally post-docs) should be sent directly by your referees to the same address following the same convention for the title.

All application materials should be received by the end of 15 March 2023 (Wednesday). Shortlisted applicants may be invited for an interview in the week of 20 March 2023.