Research Fellow on Quantum Thermodynamics

Northern Ireland
£33,797 per annum
24 Oct 2019
End of advertisement period
03 Jan 2020
Academic Discipline
Physical Sciences, Physics & Astronomy
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Application closing date 03/01/2020
Salary £33,797 per annum
Job category/type Research

Job description

Queen's University Belfast is one of the prestigious Russell Group of UK research-intensive universities in the UK and Ireland, combining excellence in research and education with a student centred ethos, for our 24,000 students and 4,200 staff, funded through an annual turnover of some GBP 300m.  As a driver of innovation and talent, based on excellence and global strategic partnerships, we offer generous employment terms and underpinned by excellent lifestyle benefits including opportunities for family friendly working and support for wellbeing. 

The School has a commitment of becoming an academic home to researchers with a highly diverse cultural and professional background. It takes pride in its equal opportunity provision and in its work towards gender equality. This is demonstrated by the fact that Mathematics at Queen's was the first in the discipline to be granted a silver Athena SWAN award. We very much look forward to continuing to expand our reputation of an internationally leading academic discipline in a dynamic and vibrant research environment.

Applications are invited for a Postdoctoral Research position to undertake theoretical research on Quantum Thermodynamics for 30 months from 1 May 2020 to 31 October 2022. This post will be funded by an EPSRC grant entitled "Quantum Many-Body Engines" awarded to Dr. Gabriele De Chiara. The project will be conducted in collaboration with experimental groups working on ultracold atomic setups with the aim of designing and realising experimentally quantum thermodynamic machines.  More information is available here.

The successful applicant will become a member of the Quantum Technology group at Queen's University Belfast (QTeQ) [http://web.am.qub.ac.uk/wp/qo/], where they will work within the international team led by G. De Chiara, A. Ferraro, and M. Paternostro. The group is part of the School of Mathematics and Physics which holds the prestigious Silver award of the Athena SWAN charter for advancement of gender equality. Applications from women and other minorities are particularly encouraged. 

The successful candidate must have:

  • Have or be about to obtain a relevant PhD.
  • At least 3 years relevant research experience in theoretical physics, including at the postgraduate level
  • Sufficient breadth and depth of specialist knowledge in the discipline and of research methods and techniques to work within established research programmes.

Our five core values - Integrity, Connected, Ambition, Respect, Excellence - are shared by our staff and students, representing the expectations we have for ourselves and each other, guiding our day-to-day decisions and the way we behave as individuals in an international organisation. 

Candidate Information

Informal enquiries may be directed to G. De Chiara, email: g.dechiara@qub.ac.uk; Phone: +44(0)2890971929).

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