Two PhD positions in Quantum Condensed Matter Theory at University of California Santa Cruz

The Department of Physics at the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC) expects to fill two PhD positions in quantum condensed matter theory. The students will be enrolled into the Graduate Program beginning in Fall 2022, and are expected to work with Profs. Aris Alexandradinata, Sriram Shastry, Sergey Syzranov on the physics of strongly correlated and topological quantum materials, disordered systems, and mesoscopics.

The main directions of the PhD projects are the development of a new paradigm for topological metals/insulators, finding their material realizations, and identifying their unique phenomenology (e.g., electromagnetic quantum/semiclassical effects), with an eye toward device applications in sustainable technologies (e.g., photovoltaics). Other possible research directions include the interplay of topological matter with new forms of magnetism and high-magnetic-field superconductivity, electron hydrodynamics in solid-state systems, transport in high-temperature superconductors, and the physics of quantum spin liquids. Students will have the opportunity to collaborate with theoretical materials chemist Yuan Ping and condensed-matter experimental groups led by David Lederman, Arthur Ramirez, Jairo Velasco and Aiming Yan, in the investigation of topological quantum and correlated materials.

Interested candidates should submit an application through the UCSC admission system at Applications will be open from October 1, 2021 to January 5, 2022. UCSC is a minority-serving institution and encourages applications from international and minority backgrounds. A language competence test may be required depending on one’s background. GRE Physics testing is encouraged but not required.

In the first two years of the program, the student is expected to complete several core courses on Classical and Quantum Mechanics, Statistical Physics, Condensed Matter and Field Theories. A small teaching load (Teaching Assistantship) is expected in the first few years of the program, after which the majority of the program will be funded by our group. Informal enquiries about the program, as well as the CV of interested applicants, may be sent to Prof. Aris Alexandradinata at Special consideration will be given to applicants whose research statement overlaps with the interests of our department.

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