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PhD position in Computational Condensed Matter Physics

Are you a highly motivated student who would like to work at the forefront of current research in quantum many-body physics using state-of-the-art computational tools?

Applications are invited for a 4-year PhD position in the Computational Condensed Matter Physics group of dr. Philippe Corboz at the University of Amsterdam (UvA), starting in Fall 2021.The group is part of the Condensed Matter Theory group at the Institute for Theoretical Physics (ITFA) and Institute of Physics (IOP) at the UvA, the Delta Institute of Theoretical Physics (D-ITP), and QuSoft, the new Dutch research center for quantum software. The successful applicant will be embedded in a stimulating research environment including leading groups in condensed matter theory and experiment.

The position is part of the NexGenTeN ERC project which focuses on the development and application of 2D tensor network algorithms for the accurate study of strongly correlated quantum many-body systems. Research areas include the development of 2D tensor network algorithms for ground states, spectral functions, finite temperature simulations, open systems, and multi-scale approaches, with applications in single and multi-band Hubbard models, frustrated magnets, SU(N) systems, open quantum systems, and other strongly correlated systems.

What are you going to do

You will:

  • do original research in the field of tensor networks applied to strongly correlated systems;
  • contribute to the UvA’s Master programme as a teaching assistant;
  • play an active role in the group, including supervision of Bachelor and Master students;
  • participate in the CMT group activities (such as seminars, discussions, journal clubs, etc.;
  • present your results at international workshops and conferences.
What do we require of you

As our successful candidate you should have:

  • a Masters degree in theoretical physics, with a focus preferably in (computational) condensed matter physics;
  • a background in quantum many-body physics and numerical approaches (ideally knowledge/experience in tensor network methods);
  • solid programming skills;
  • the ability to work independently and to collaborate in a collegial research environment;
  • a highly motivated, passionate, and creative attitude;
  • excellent written and oral English communication skills.
Our offer

A temporary contract for 38 hours per week for the duration of four years (the initial contract will be for a period of 18 months and after satisfactory evaluation it will be extended for a total duration of four years). This should lead to a dissertation (PhD thesis). We will draft an educational plan that includes attendance of courses and (international) meetings. We also expect you to assist in teaching undergraduates and master students.

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 fulltime contract (38 hours a week). This is exclusive 8% holiday allowance and 8.3% end-of-year bonus. A favourable tax agreement, the ‘30% ruling’, may apply to non-Dutch applicants. The Collective Labour Agreement of Dutch Universities is applicable.

Are you curious about our extensive package of secondary employment benefits like our excellent opportunities for study and development? Take a look here.


Do you have questions about this vacancy? Or do you want to know more about our organisation? Please contact:

  • dr. Philippe Corboz
About us

The Faculty of Science has a student body of around 7,000, as well as 1,600 members of staff working in education, research or support services. Researchers and students at the Faculty of Science are fascinated by every aspect of how the world works, be it elementary particles, the birth of the universe or the functioning of the brain.

The mission of the Institute of Physics (IoP) is to carry out excellent research in the field of experimental and theoretical physics, to provide inspiring teaching within the physics and other curricula and to transfer our knowledge of and enthusiasm for physics to society. The IoP has over 50 faculty and 180 researchers in total. The combination with the NWO Institutes at Amsterdam Science Park constitutes the largest physics hub in the Netherlands and is an international centre of excellence.

Job application

The UvA is an equal-opportunity employer. We prioritize diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for everyone. We value a spirit of enquiry and perseverance, provide the space to keep asking questions, and promote a culture of curiosity and creativity

Do you recognize yourself in the job profile? Then we look forward to receiving your application. The closing date is 31 July 2021; however, applications will be evaluated on a rolling basis until a suitable candidate is found. You can apply online by using the link below.

Applications in .pdf should include:

  • 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;
  • your CV;
  • transcript of grades;
  • a pdf copy of your Master thesis (or a preliminary version, or at least a summary);
  • contact details of at least 2 referees.
38 hours per week



Master's degree

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