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PhD projects in Theory of Quantum Gases at The University of Queensland

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The University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia
The PhD projects are in the theoretical program on non-equilibrium dynamics and emergent physics in quantum transport in ultracold atomic gases, run by Associate Professor Karen Kheruntsyan in the School of Mathematics and Physics at the University of Queensland. The program is funded by the Australian Research Council (ARC) Discovery Project Grant.

The aims of the project are to understand the microscopic mechanisms and phenomenology of emergent transport phenomena in ultracold atomic gases, with an emphasis on developing new theoretical approaches and new phenomenological theories of quantum transport. Specific areas of study will include (but are not limited to) quantum transport through tunnel coupled 1D Bose gases, conduction through mesoscopic channels, anomalous diffusion in random potentials, and diffusion of mobile impurity atoms.

The successful PhD candidate will work under the supervision of A/Prof Kheruntsyan in the Quantum Atom Optics Theory Group in the School of Mathematics and Physics alongside Prof M. Davis (ARC QEII Fellow), A/Prof M. Bromley (ARC Future Fellow), Dr. M. Olsen (ARC Future Fellow), Dr J. F. Corney, Dr. S. Haine (ARC DECRA Fellow), and several existing PhD students and postdoctoral researchers. The theory group works closely with an experimental program in ultracold gases run by Prof Halina Rubinsztein-Dunlop. Other high profile Quantum Science programmes in the School of Mathematics and Physics are represented by the ARC Centre of Excellence for Engineered Quantum Systems led by Prof Gerard Milburn, the UQ Node of the ARC Centre of Excellence in Quantum Computing and Communication Technologies lead by Prof Tim Ralph, Condensed Matter Theory Group (Prof Ross McKenzie and A/Prof Ben Powell), Quantum Simulation Group (Dr Ian McCulloch), Quantum Technology Laboratory (Prof Andrew White), Quantum Optics Laboratory (A/Prof Warwick Bowen), and Quantum Devices Laboratory (Dr Arakady Fedorov).

Eligibility: In order to enrol in the PhD program at the University of Queensland, non-Australian applicants have to pay a tuition fee of approximately AUD 33,000 per annum. The fee, however, can be effectively ‘waived’ or paid for if the candidate is successful in receiving an IPRS/UQI international scholarship. The same scholarship has a living expenses (stipend) component. These scholarships are very competitive: to be successful in receiving one, the candidate will typically have to have top final grades and a Masters degree, along with at least one refereed journal publication, and English proficiency (for non-native speakers) IELTS test overall score of at least 6.5. If you satisfy these criteria and would like to apply, please feel free to contact A/Prof Karen Kheruntsyan for further information and provide your academic CV for initial assessment. Further links to relevant UQ webpages can be found at