Theory of correlated magnetic nanostructures (Ph.D. position)

Ph.D. position is available in condensed matter theory at the University of Kaiserslautern to explore the role of strong electron-electron interactions in magnetic nanostructures. Electron correlations become dominant in confined dimensions so that quantum many-body calculations are required to describe the fundamental effects of interactions. Within the collaborative research center Spin+X the proposed Ph.D. project aims at combining the area of strongly correlated electrons in one dimension with the field of spintronics.

Both state of the art numerical quantum algorithms (Quantum Monte Carlo, Density Matrix Renormalization Group) and established field theory methods in one dimension (Bosonization, Luttinger Liquids) will be utilized in order to address key questions, which are relevant for a fundamental theoretical understanding of transport and dynamical correlations as well as for the design of magneto-electronic devices.

We are looking for an excellent candidate with strong background in theoretical physics at the master level (or equivalent) with advanced coursework in quantum mechanics and condensed matter physics. The University of Kaiserslautern offers a fruitful and collaborative environment of experimental and theoretical research groups working on spin phenomena as well as ultracold gases and the Ph.D student will profit from joint theory expertise of the Kaiserslautern and Mainz teams of Spin+X.


This research is related to the Spin+X project A10.


The position (E13 ¾) is funded for three years and open immediately. The University of Kaiserslautern is committed to employing more handicapped individuals and especially encourages them to apply. The University of Kaiserslautern seeks to increase the number of women in those areas where they are underrepresented and therefore explicitly encourages women to apply.

For further information and applications (including an application letter, curriculum vitae and the name of two references) please contact:

Prof. Dr. Sebastian Eggert or Dr. Imke Schneider        

Department of Physics, TU Kaiserslautern;