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Applications are invited for the above post to work with Dr Madalin Guta (School of Mathematics), Prof Juan Garrahan and Dr Igor Lesanovsky (School of Physics & Astronomy) on an EPSRC-funded project titled “Large deviations and dynamical phase transitions in open quantum systems: from mathematical theory to physical applications”.

The goal of the project is to develop the large deviations theory of open quantum systems and use it to explore the phenomena of metastability and dynamical phase transitions. The aim is to bridge the gap in understanding that exists between classical and quantum non-equilibrium systems, by applying and extending the most novel methods developed in non-equilibrium statistical mechanics, the theory of quantum Markov processes and stochastic Schrödinger equations.

Candidates must have a PhD or equivalent, in physics, mathematics or a related area, strong theoretical and /or mathematical physics skills, with a background in several of the following subjects: classical and quantum probability theory, quantum open systems, condensed-matter theory, statistical physics, quantum optics. Knowledge of quantum information theory, quantum control, applications of statistical physics to cold atoms, and other problems at interface of quantum and classical physics, is also desirable.

The successful candidate will be expected to contribute to the publication of scientific papers, and to their dissemination at relevant workshops and conferences. In addition, they will have the opportunity to integrate into the joint activities of the Quantum Information and Condensed Matter and groups at Nottingham.

This full-time post is available from 1 January 2013 or soon thereafter, and will be offered on a fixed-term contract for a period of 24 months.

Informal enquiries may be addressed to Dr M Guta email: madalin.guta@nottingham.ac.uk. Please note that applications sent directly to this email address will not be accepted.