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Research Associate (Fixed Term)

Applications are invited for an EPSRC funded post-doctoral research position in the Theory of Condensed Matter group, Cavendish Laboratory, University of Cambridge. The post will involve research in the general area of collective quantum matter, as pursued within the groups of Dr C. Castelnovo, Prof N. Cooper and Dr A. Lamacraft. The post is available from 1st August 2018 for a duration of 1 year, with the possibility to extend to a further second year. A later start date can be negotiated but no later than 1st October 2018.

Areas of current interest include (but are not limited to) many-body localization, frustrated magnetism, topological phases of matter and ultracold atomic gases. The candidate should have a strong background in the theory of many particle quantum systems. Familiarity with theories of non-equilibrium quantum systems is desirable, as well as some knowledge of scientific programming. We will particularly value evidence of ability to communicate clearly and present data to other members of the group and collaborators, and the ability to work productively in a team. Experience of managing one's own workload is important.

The Theory of Condensed Matter group ( in Cambridge has an established track record in strongly correlated physics and collective phenomena. The group has a lively range of scientific activities (meetings, journal clubs, internal and external seminars) and has close ties with experimental groups in the Lab. Interactions and collaborations with other members of the group and the Cavendish in general are encouraged.

If you have any questions about the research topics and environment, please contact the relevant member of TCM. For administrative questions about the application, please email:

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