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Postdoctoral Fellow in Theoretical Physics “Topological excitations and gauge theories”

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Auckland, New Zealand
Based at the New Zealand Institute for Advanced Study at Massey University’s Auckland campus, this position of Postdoctoral Fellow will interact closely with ultra-cold atom theory and experimental groups at the University of Otago, Victoria University of Wellington and Auckland University. The scientific environment is further distinguished by an active community of cold-atom and quantum optics researchers in Australasia. As a Postdoctoral Fellow in theoretical physics of quantum gases, you will work on fundamental aspects of quantum many-body dynamics through the project “Topological excitations and gauge theories”. A major goal of the project is to understand the dynamics of vortices and solitons in quantum gases under the influence of artificial spin-orbit coupling and in particular in the context of topological superfluid phases where solitons and vortices host Majorana quasiparticle excitations. You will approach the problem with a combination of analytical and numerical tools of theoretical physics. This position is funded by the Dodd-Walls Centre for Photonics and Quantum Technology, a national Centre of Research Excellence, and as a successful applicant, you will enjoy access to the facilities and programs of the Centre.. This position is one of several available in the Dodd-Walls Centre and PhD scholarships are available as well. See details at You should have a PhD in theoretical physics and publications in high-quality journals. Previous experience with theory of ultra-cold atomic gases, quantum many-body theory, nonlinear dynamics, stochastic field simulations, computational methods (QMC, quantum dynamics), or integrable systems will be a plus. However, we may also consider applicants with a different background. Applications must include a cover letter, full CV, and the names of at least three references. Enquiries about this position should be addressed to the project leader Professor Joachim Brand