PhD candidate in Condensed Matter Theory

Faculty of Science – Institute of Physics

Publication date
28 March 2018
Level of education
Master's degree
Salary indication
€2,222 to €2,840 gross per month
Closing date
1 June 2018
38 hours per week
Vacancy number

The Institute of Physics (IoP) combines the Van der Waals-Zeeman Institute (WZI), the Institute of Theoretical Physics (ITFA) and the Institute for High Energy Physics (IHEF) and is one of the large research institutes of the Faculty of Science. A four-year PhD position is available at the Institute for Theoretical Physics of the University of Amsterdam, in the Computational Condensed Matter Theory group of dr P. Corboz, starting in September 2018.

Project description

This PhD position is part of the TENSORSIM ERC project which focuses on the application and further development of tensor network algorithms for the accurate study of 2D and 3D strongly correlated quantum many-body systems, including frustrated spin systems and interacting electron systems. Exceptional candidates with a strong background and interest in quantum many-body systems and computational methods are particularly encouraged to apply. Solid skills in programming, numerical analysis, and condensed matter physics are expected.


  • Master’s degree in Physics;
  • the ability to work independently as well as in a team;
  • good communication skills (English).

Further information

For questions about the PhD position, please contact:


The appointment will be on a temporary basis for a period of 4 years (initial appointment will be for a period of 18 months and after satisfactory evaluation it can be extended for a total duration of 4 years) and should lead to a dissertation (PhD thesis). An educational plan will be drafted that includes attendance of courses and (international) meetings. We also expect you to assist in teaching of undergraduates.

Based on a full-time appointment (38 hours per week) the gross monthly salary will range from €2,222 in the first year to €2.840 in the last year. The Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities (Cao) is applicable.

Job application

The University of Amsterdam is striving for a better balance in its staff whereby, by equal suitability, the appointment of a female candidate will have our preference. Women are, therefore, strongly encouraged to apply.

Please apply using the link below.

Your application should include:

  • a motivation letter;
  • a CV;
  • a transcript of grades;
  • contact details of at least 2 referees (who will be contacted directly) and
  • a copy of your Bachelor and Master thesis (may also be a work-in-progress version, or at least a short description what the project is about and what the current status is).

The closing date is 30 April 2018 (later applications may still be considered in case the position is not filled until then). #LI-DNP

No agencies please

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