Aston University PhD Studentship, UK

Publish Date: Dec 07, 2015

Deadline: Dec 14, 2015

Aston University PhD Studentship

Applications are invited for a three year Postgraduate studentship, supported the School of Engineering and Applied Science, to be undertaken within the Nonlinearity and Complexity Research Group at Aston University.  The successful applicant will join an established theoretical group working on statistical physics of quantum and classical complex systems.  
The position is available to start in October 2016 (subject to negotiation)

Financial Support

This studentship includes a fee bursary to cover the home/EU fees rate plus a maintenance allowance of £14,057 in 2015/16.
Applicants from outside the EU may apply for this studentship but will need to pay the difference between the ‘Home/EU’ and the ‘Overseas’ tuition fees, currently this is £11,448.  As part of the application you will be required to confirm that you have applied for, or, secured this additional funding, or Confirmation that this funding support is in place will be required as part of the application process..

Background of the Project

The long-lasting search for materials where phase transition temperature may be increased by disorder brought no positive results until very recently. Only this and last year advances in controlled incorporation of disorder in quasi-one-dimensional materials have finally proven the existence of such materials. The discovery of new materials where superconducting pairing is enhanced by disorder opens a path to controlling (increasing) the transition temperature. These systems are not described by standard mean-field theories of phase transitions. We will develop a new quantum field theory for quasi-one-dimensional strongly correlated disordered superconductors required to understand the nature of the new superconducting state.

Person Specification

The successful applicant should have a first class or upper second class honours degree or equivalent qualification in Theoretical Physics.  Preferred skill requirements include knowledge/experience of the Quantum Many-body Theory.
For informal enquiries about this project and other opportunities within the Nonlinearity and Complexity Research Group, contact Igor Yurkevich by email
The online application form, reference forms and details of entry requirements, (including the English language level) are available on the Aston University website at
Applications should also be accompanied by a brief view of relevant research literature.

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