Research Associate, Theoretical Physics Group

United Kingdom
Sep 20, 2016
Oct 19, 2016
Organization Type
University and College
Full Time
We are looking for an enthusiastic candidate to join the multidisciplinary environment of the Theoretical Physics Group to pursue work in condensed matter theory under the supervision of Prof James F Annett.

You will pursue research on broken time reversal symmetry and topological order in superconductors with strong spinorbit coupling, competing orders, multiband pairing and/or lack of inversion symmetry. This is post is available as part of the collaboration “Unconventional Superconductors: New Paradigms for New Materials” involving the Universities of Kent and Bristol in partnership with the STFC Rutherford Appleton Laboratory. The team have recently been awarded an £844,000 grant from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council. You will be required to work closely with colleagues within the collaboration and with members of the experimental community. This will involve frequent meetings including longer stays in Kent.

The work will involve Density Functional Theory calculations of the band structures of materials exhibiting novel forms of superconductivity, including all electron and fully relativistic methods as needed. Later on, you will combine this information with symmetry analyses and unconventional pairing theories developed in Kent to create detailed models of specific materials. You will then use these models to predict the results of experiments.

Previous experience with quantum density-functional theory is essential. Prior experience with tight-binding materials modelling, other computational methods such as DMFT or DMRG, and/or mean-field Bogoliubov-de Gennes/Hartree-Fock-Gor'kov theory is highly desired. Good written and oral English language skills are required.

A PhD qualification in theoretical physics, or a closely related discipline, needs to be completed prior to taking up this position. Candidates in the final stages of completing their degree are encouraged to apply, if they can provide a reference attesting that their PhD viva will be held by the end of December 2016, or shortly thereafter.