PostDoctoral Position in Theoretical Physics (Tensor Networks and Quantum Field Theory)

Last application date
Dec 31, 2017 10:06
Department
WE05 - Department of Physics and astronomy
Contract
Limited duration
Degree
PhD in Physics
Occupancy rate
100%
Vacancy Type
Research staff

Job description

Summary: The Ghent University quantum group, lead by professors Frank Verstraete and Jutho Haegeman, is looking to hire a postdoctoral fellows in the context of the ERQUAF project (see below).

We are looking for candidates who are interested in the application of entanglement methods —and in particular tensor networks— in the context of theoretical condensed matter physics, quantum field theory and holography.

Details: Despite the exponential increase of the quantum many body Hilbert space, insights from entanglement theory and quantum information theory have led to the growing belief that interesting physical states live in a tiny corner that is efficiently parameterised by tensor network states. Originally conceived as the variational ansatz underlying the highly successful Density Matrix Renormalization Group of Steve White, tensor networks are now arising as a universal language in all disciplines of contemporary physics, ranging from atomic and condensed matter physics to high energy physics and gravity. In the context of the ERC project ERQUAF —entanglement and renormalization for quantum fields— the team of Jutho Haegeman is conducting research to extend the synergy between tensor networks and field theories.

Profile of the candidate

  • Applicants should have a PhD in theoretical or computational physics.
  • The ideal candidate should have good analytical and numerical skills and be highly motivated.
  • Previous experience with tensor networks in the context of quantum many body systems is not mandatory but very welcome, as is any other experience relevant to the topics of this project (quantum entanglement, field theories, holography, ...).

How to apply

For inquiries, please send your curriculum vitae and a brief research statement to Jutho Haegeman () or by clicking the contact button below. Candidates should also arrange for letters of recommendation to be submitted (to the same address) from two scientists familiar with their work. Candidates may also wish to include selected preprints or reprints of articles they have written, and mention previous experience in any relevant research field.