University of Cambridge

Department of Physics

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The Many-body Quantum Dynamics Group, led by Dr. Ulrich Schneider, of the Department of Physics, University of Cambridge, invites applications for two postdoctoral positions on experimental studies of many-body quantum dynamics using ultracold atomic gases and optical lattices. The work will focus on the non-equilibrium dynamics of quantum gases in novel optical lattices and other novel geometries and configurations.

One position will concentrate on fundamental many-body physics while the second one will be part of the UK Quantum Technology Hub and develop schemes for local control and addressing geared towards increasing the programmability of lattice based quantum simulators.

We are looking for an experimental quantum-optics/cold-atoms expert with (or being close to completing) a PhD in physics or a related area. Specific experience with ultracold atoms, optical lattices or other synthetic many-body systems is advantageous. Knowledge of the theory of many-body physics and condensed matter physics is helpful, as is experience in numerical modelling and data analysis.

You will design and carry out experimental investigations together with a team of PhD and undergraduate students. In addition, you will communicate research findings through publications, talks, or lectures, contribute to the infrastructure of the research group, and assist with the training of students.

For candidates holding a PhD (or equivalent experience) at the actual starting date, appointment will be at Research Associate level (Grade 7, £32,816 – £40,322). Applicants that have submitted but not yet received their PhD will initially be appointed as Research Assistants (Grade 5 £26,715 – £30,942) and automatically promoted to Research Associate when the PhD is awarded.

While the position is available immediately, the anticipated starting date is this summer but can be negotiated.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 2 years in the first instance.

Click the ‘Apply’ button below to register an account with our recruitment system (if you have not already) and apply online.

Please ensure that you upload your Curriculum Vitae (CV) a covering letter, and a list of publications in the Upload section of the online application. If you upload any additional documents which have not been requested, we will not be able to consider these as part of your application. Submit your application by midnight on the closing date, the 9th April 2020. Interviews are planned for the second half of April.

Further information on scientific details may be obtained from: Dr. Ulrich Schneider ( Inquiries on the administrative process may be obtained from: (

Please quote reference KA22712 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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