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Reference : UMR8626-MAUFAG-006
Workplace : ORSAY
Date of publication : Wednesday, February 17, 2021
Type of Contract : FTC Scientist
Contract Period : 24 months
Expected date of employment : 1 October 2021
Proportion of work : Full time
Remuneration : between 2600€ and 3000€ gross income per month, based on experience
Desired level of education : PhD
Experience required : Indifferent
The position is funded by the European Research Council within the project LoCoMacro (Local Control of Macroscopic Properties in Isolated Many-body Quantum Systems), presented by Maurizio Fagotti in the 2018 call for ERC starting grants. The research project is focused on the study of the effects of inhomogeneities in out-of-equilibrium systems following a so-called global quantum quench. This is the nonequilibrium time evolution of states with energy extensively higher than the ground state one, for which time evolution generally results in an emergent statistical description. A distinctive feature of LoCoMacro is the interest in the global effects of inhomogeneities localized in a small part of the system. The project covers both exactly solvable models, which are primarily attacked with analytical methods, and generic systems, for which numerical investigations are more suitable. The group of research will have heterogeneous skills, and knowledge exchange will be a key aspect of the activity.
The postdocs will be mainly involved in the analytical study of correlation functions and entanglement properties of quantum integrable spin chains evolving in the presence of inhomogeneities. Importantly, they will be encouraged to propose alternative directions in their research so as to valorise their background and creativity.
Applicants must have a PhD in Theoretical Physics or Applied Mathematics. They should be interested in out-of-equilibrium dynamics and have a basic knowledge of certain analytical techniques for dealing with many-body quantum systems in 1D. A background in quantum integrable systems is a plus.
A good command of spoken and written English is required.
The successful applicant will work under the supervision of Dr Maurizio Fagotti and they will benefit from the stimulating research environment of the Laboratoire de Physique Théorique et Modèles Statistiques (LPTMS). The laboratory (established in 1998) is a joint research unit between CNRS and Paris-Sud University, and it consists of about fifty researchers. The research topics focus on statistical physics, both on its applications to the core of physics and on its connections with other disciplines.
Paris-Saclay University is internationally recognised for the quality of fundamental research (mathematics, physics); in 2020, Paris-Saclay University rose to 14th place in the world, gaining the striking first position in the subject of Mathematics and the 9th position in the subject of Physics in the Shanghai ranking of the world universities.
Salary will follow the standard regulations of the CNRS and will depend on experience. In addition to the salary, a generous support for travels is provided. The successful applicant is expected to take the position in the first months of 2019; the precise date will be fixed by mutual agreement.
Applications must include:
- a curriculum vitae and the contact details of at least two people who may provide recommendation letters; in the same document, provide a list of publications including a selection of two or three publications for which the importance of the work is discussed and the contribution of the applicant is highlighted.
- a concise motivation letter describing the interest of the applicant in the project of research.
Incomplete applications will not be considered.
Application deadline: 21/10/2018.
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