Postdoctoral Researcher (Theory of Controlled Quantum Systems) at Trinity College Dublin


The Theory of Controlled Quantum Systems (ToCQS) group at Trinity College Dublin is seeking to appoint a skilled and motivated postdoctoral fellow. The position is available immediately and is funded for 3 years in the first instance, with the possibility of extension subject to satisfactory performance. The starting salary is in the range €45-€50k per annum (depending on experience), with yearly increments of approximately €1.2k. The position also comes with an allowance for travel and computational equipment.

Research topic

Our group works on a fairly broad range of topics at the intersection of quantum thermodynamics, quantum metrology, open quantum systems theory, and non-equilibrium statistical physics. We collaborate actively with experimental groups working on atomic, mesoscopic, and solid-state quantum devices. Possible topics of research include, but are not limited to:

- non-equilibrium thermodynamics of mesoscopic electronic devices
- classical simulation of quantum many-body and/or non-Markovian dynamics
- quantum metrology in complex environments
- applications of quantum simulation to statistical mechanics

The research focus is quite open-ended and will be driven to a large extent by the successful applicant’s own scientific interests and skills.


The successful applicant will hold a PhD in physics or a closely related subject, and ideally will have research experience in some of the following areas:

- tensor-network methods
- high-performance computing
- non-equilibrium statistical mechanics
- open quantum systems
- quantum metrology
- quantum transport

Our research is highly collaborative and usually involves a mix of analytical and computational work. Duties include performing research, writing papers, presenting results at conferences and meetings, and contributing to the fun and convivial atmosphere of the ToCQS group.

Career development

We aim to provide a supportive environment that will prioritise your career development as well as your research. You will be strongly encouraged to apply for prestigious independent fellowships, and will be assisted in doing so. You will be directly involved in the supervision of PhD and MSc students within the group.


The post will be held at the School of Physics at Trinity College Dublin, Ireland’s premier university. Trinity is located at the centre of Dublin, the capital city and the heart of Ireland’s unique culture, sport, and music. Dublin boasts beautiful beaches and highlands just beyond the city limits. The School of Physics itself is home to 30 academic staff, 50 postdoctoral fellows and over 100 postgraduate students. There will be numerous opportunities to interact and collaborate with other researchers in the School working on quantum science.

How to apply

The call will remain open until the position is filled. To apply, please get in touch directly with Prof. Mark Mitchison by email ( The email subject line must include the term “ToCQS Postdoc”. Applicants should provide a CV, a motivation statement (within the body of the email is fine), and the contact details of at least two references. Diversity begets creativity, and our goal is to build a diverse team of researchers in order to find creative solutions to some of the most challenging problems in non-equilibrium quantum physics. Women and other members of underrepresented groups are therefore strongly encouraged to apply.