PhD studentship in Theoretical Physics: Bose-Einstein Condensation and Ultracold Gases (Modelling/Theoretical/Computational)

Newcastle University

PhD studentship in Theoretical Physics: Bose-Einstein Condensation and Ultracold Gases (Modelling/Theoretical/Computational)

Award Summary

100% fees covered (UK/international), and a minimum tax-free annual living allowance of £18,622 (2023-24 UKRI rate). 


Ultracold quantum gases and Bose-Einstein condensation are exciting interdisciplinary fields for investigating a diverse range of experimentally-relevant non-equilibrium quantum dynamics, amenable to potential quantum technologies. The successful applicant will join the ultracold atomic team of an active research group working across different coherent quantum matter platforms (ultracold atomic gases, exciton-polariton condensates, cosmological superfluids) and gain deep physical understanding of non-equilibrium processes, universal and nonlinear features, focussing primarily on investigating fundamental new phenomena and modelling experimentally-relevant scenarios in ultracold atomic systems through state-of the-art numerical simulations and/or analytical work.   

The scenarios to be investigated fall within the broader area of quantum non-equilibrium dynamics, dynamical phase transitions, quantum mixtures (including coupled vortex dynamics, quantum droplets and/or both bosonic and fermionic mixtures), superfluid turbulence and atomtronic applications – all current active areas within Prof. Proukakis’s group – with exact project driven by ongoing progress in various experimental groups closely connected to the supervisor and tailored to any individual student preferences. 

Enthusiastic students with a strong quantum background, inherent curiosity and ability for independent theoretical/numerical research are invited to apply and strongly encouraged to discuss their specific interests as soon as possible (ideally before submitting their application) with Prof. Nick Proukakis ([email protected] ).  

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Start Date

8th January 2024

Award Duration

3.5 years

Application Closing Date

9th October 2023




Professor Nikolaos Proukakis

Eligibility Criteria

You must have, or expect to gain, a minimum 2:1 Honours degree or international equivalent in a relevant subject or subject relevant to the proposed PhD project (incl. Physics, Applied Mathematics etc.). Enthusiasm for research, the ability to think and work independently, excellent analytical skills, experience with numerics, and strong verbal and written communication skills are also essential requirements.

Home and international applicants (inc. EU) are welcome to apply and if successful will receive a full studentship. Applicants whose first language is not English require an IELTS score of 6.5 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in all sub-skills.

International applicants may require an ATAS (Academic Technology Approval Scheme ) clearance certificate prior to obtaining their visa and to study on this programme. 

How To Apply

You must apply through the University’s Apply to Newcastle Portal  

Once registered select ‘Create a Postgraduate Application’.  

Use ‘Course Search’ to identify your programme of study:  

  • search for the ‘Course Title’ using the programme code: 8821F 
  • Research Area: Theoretical Physics
  • select PhD Theoretical Physics (full time)’ as the programme of study 

You will then need to provide the following information in the ‘Further Questions’ section:  

  • a ‘Personal Statement’ (this is a mandatory field) – upload a document or write a statement directly in to the application form  
  • the studentship code MSP068B in the ‘Studentship/Partnership Reference’ field  
  • when prompted for how you are providing your research proposal – select ‘Write Proposal’. You should then type in the title of the research project from this advert. You do not need to upload a research proposal.  

Contact Details

Prof Nick Proukakis [email protected]

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