Postdoctoral position in experimental condensed matter physics

University of Amsterdam
September 11 2017
Position Type
Full Time
Organization Type

The optical spectroscopy lab at the van der Waals - Zeeman institute for experimental physics at the University of Amsterdam offers a postdoctoral fellowship for the duration of 2 years in close collaboration with the newly established QuSoft research center for quantum software.

Strongly correlated electron materials and their many exotic properties have captivated the condensed matter community for the past 30 years. Advances in our understanding of these materials have been made in some cases, but a general framework for their study remains elusive. In recent years, the theoretical community has pushed the development of several new techniques to tackle the problem of many interacting degrees of freedom that characterizes these systems. One of these approaches is the so-called AdS/CFT duality [1] which makes use of the machinery of string theory to solve problems in condensed matter physics, while a second approach uses concepts borrowed from quantum information theory [2].

These theoretical techniques have now reached a level of maturity where they can be held to an experimental test. The QMA cluster is working at the forefront of this endeavour and is in search of experienced young researchers eager to take part.

The successful applicant will become a member of the QuSoft research community and is expected to become the driving force behind a new research effort that will explore the application of concepts from quantum information theory to the experimental investigation of highly entangled states in strongly correlated electron systems. He/she is expected to benefit from close collaborations with researchers from a variety of disciplines (computational physics, mathematics and information science) to aid in this effort.

[1] Holographic Duality in Condensed Matter, J. Zaanen, Yan Liu, Ya-Wen Sun, K. Schalm Cambridge University Press (2015)

[2] Quantum Information Meets Quantum Matter, B. Zeng, X. Chen, D.-L. Zhou, X.-G Wen, arXiv:1508.02595 (2015).

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