Postdoc Position in Theoretical Condensed Matter Physics

Postdoc Position in Theoretical Condensed Matter Physics Niels Bohr Institute  Faculty of Science University of Copenhagen   

A postdoc position is open in the newly established theory group of Michele Burrello in Niels Bohr Institute (University of Copenhagen). The research activity will focus on topological phases of matter and it will be carried on in the Center for Quantum Devices (QDEV) and in collaboration with the Niels Bohr International Academy (NBIA).   

The appointment duration is two years, with the possibility of an extension. The target starting date is June 2019, but can be changed by arrangement. The position will be funded by the Villum Foundation Young Investigator Grant “Architectures for non-Abelian Anyons”.    The main research topic will be the theoretical study of models with topological order in low-dimensional systems, including both solid state and ultracold atom setups. A particular attention will be devoted to the design of interacting systems with non-Abelian anyons.   

The applicant should have a PhD degree in physics (or expect to defend her/his PhD thesis in the next months), preferably with a strong condensed matter or quantum information background, and should ideally have experience in the numerical simulation of strongly correlated many-body systems. In particular, a former experience with tensor-network simulation of quantum systems, including density matrix renormalization group, is highly appreciated.   

The Center for Quantum Devices is a basic research center supported by the Danish National Research Foundation, comprising materials research, experimental physics, nanoelectronics and condensed matter theory. Information about QDev can be found at  

The Niels Bohr International Academy is an independent center of excellence for fundamental research hosted by the Niels Bohr Institute.  It main research areas include astroparticle physics, biophysics, condensed matter physics, quantum information, particle physics, cosmology, and theoretical astrophysics. Further information can be found at   

The University wishes our staff to reflect the diversity of society and thus welcomes applications from all qualified candidates regardless of personal background.  The primary criterion for the evaluation of candidates is the excellence of their research.   

Terms of employment 
The position is covered by the Memorandum on Job Structure for Academic Staff.     Terms of appointment and payment accord to the agreement between the Ministry of Finance and The Danish Confederation of Professional Associations on Academics in the State.     The starting salary is currently up to DKK 426.625 including annual supplement (+ pension up to DKK 72.952). Negotiation for salary supplement is possible. The application, in English, must be submitted electronically by clicking APPLY NOW below.    

Please include:  

  • Curriculum vitae 
  • Diplomas (Master and PhD degree or equivalent; in case the PhD thesis has not been defended yet, please specify the expected date of the defence)  
  • Research statement – description of scientific achievements, current research interests and future research plans 
  • Complete publication list (underline the 3 most relevant papers) 
  • Full contact information (name, address, telephone & email) of three professional referees who may be contacted for letters of reference 

The deadline for applications is 6 April 2019.   

After the expiry of the deadline for applications, the authorized recruitment manager selects applicants for assessment on the advice of the Interview Committee.   As an equal opportunities employer, the University of Copenhagen invites applications from all interested candidates, regardless of gender, age, religion, or ethnic origin.   

If you have any questions please contact Assistant Professor Michele Burrello by mail   You can read about the recruitment process at:     


Read the job description at the university homepage

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Post expires on Saturday April 6th, 2019