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PhD Position Theoretical Physics (m/f/d) Job ID 18-71

Jacobs University Bremen is a private, English-medium campus university which is state-recognized by the State of Bremen. We are offering PreDegree, Bachelor, Master or PhD programs in three focus areas: Health, Mobility and Diversity. Our principles are first class research and teaching, international diversity and transdisciplinary cooperation. As an international university we attract highly talented and open-minded students from all over the world. Currently, more than 1,400 students from 110 nations live and study on our residential campus.

The Complex Systems Group at Jacobs University Bremen invites applications for a

PhD Position Theoretical Physics (m/f/diverse)


(Full-time, limited for 3 years)

Job ID 18-71


Research Topic:

Thermodynamics and Dynamics of Disordered Quantum Spin Systems


The Ph.D. position will be funded for three years, starting in January 2019 or later, within a DFG funded  project at Jacobs University in close collaboration with research groups at Princeton University, at USC LA and at Tokyo University.

Its aim is a systematic study of thermodynamic and dynamic properties of disordered systems with local quantum degrees of freedom, such as spins and tunneling systems, coupled by long range interactions.

Such systems are ubiquitous in real materials, like doped semiconductors and glassy systems, and are currently studied intensively as Qubits for quantum computers. However, their coherent control and readout will require a detailed understanding of the thermodynamic and dynamic properties of such systems. The combination of disorder and long range interactions makes this a challenging open problem of theoretical physics. Accordingly, that problem requires a combination of analytical and numerical methods.


Your qualifications:

  • University degree (Master or Diploma) in physics with strong record in Theoretical Physics and Mathematics
  • Curiosity in fundamental problems of Quantum Physics
  • Very good command of English, both in written and oral communication
  • No knowledge of German language is required. Jacobs University Bremen is an international research university
  • Ability to work independently and in a team


Your application:

Application documents (CV, complete list of publications, academic records, transcripts (copies) of certificates/degrees, and contact information of two references) will be accepted continuously until the position is filled.

Please send your applications in a single PDF to Prof. Dr.  Stefan Kettemann, s.kettemann [at]  with subject “Theoretical Physics PhD position”.
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Jacobs University is an equal opportunity employer.