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Research Associate in Quantum Gases (Theory)

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Newcastle University United Kingdom GB

The Role

We are looking to appoint a Research Associate to work with Dr Nick Parker and Dr Thomas Billam on the theoretical and modelling activities of the EPSRC-funded project ‘Dilute Quantum Fluids Beyond the Mean-Field’. You will also work closely with the experimental group of Prof. Simon Cornish at Durham University.

Quantum fluctuations lie at the heart of many physical phenomena, from fundamental forces to cosmological processes.  While usually hard to probe directly, recent experiments with binary Bose-Einstein condensates have created a liquid-like state in which quantum fluctuations play a dominant role.  This discovery raises opportunities for probing quantum fluctuations and testing our understanding across microscopic and macroscopic scales.    Our overall experimental-theoretical project aims to advance our understanding of beyond-mean-field physics and associated emergent phenomena using highly controllable dilute quantum fluid mixtures.

In this aspect of the project, our objectives are to develop theoretical and computational models of the beyond-mean-field quantum fluids, test these by modelling the experiments at Durham University, and thereby advance our theoretical understanding of beyond-mean-field physics.   

It is essential that you have strong understanding of quantum gases and quantum theory, strong numerical skills and experience, and a passion for research.  You will be based within the Quantum Matter Research Group in the School of Mathematics, Statistics and Physics, part of the Joint Quantum Centre Durham-Newcastle, and make frequent visits to the experimental group in Durham. 

For informal enquires, please contact Dr Nick Parker ( or Dr Thomas Billam (

For more information about the Dilute Quantum Fluids Beyond the Mean-Field project, please visit