2 PhD positions are open in the new experimental quantum gases group led by Leticia Tarruell at ICFO, Barcelona. The group's research focuses on simulating condensed-matter physics problems using degenerate Bose and Fermi gases in non-standard optical lattices. Specific topics of interest include graphene and topological phases, quantum phase transitions in magnetic systems and multi-orbital models. The project involves the construction of a new experimental apparatus for the production of degenerate potassium gases, the development of new optical lattices and the implementation of local manipulation and detection tools.
We are looking for PhD applicants with a good background in quantum optics, atomic physics or condensed-matter physics, and a strong motivation for setting up and conducting challenging experiments in a team of three to four people. We offer training in a broad range of cutting-edge experimental techniques (from optics, electronics, ultra-high vacuum technology and computer control to quantum state engineering), as well as in theoretical atomic, quantum, statistical, and condensed matter physics.
The PhD positions are funded, and the expected starting date is September/October 2013.
To apply, please send your CV and the name of two people who could provide letters of recommendation to Leticia Tarruell: leticia.tarruell en icfo.es
For more details on the scientific aspects of the project please check: http://www.qge.icfo.es/open-positions/