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12 PhD positions in Quantum Field Theory and General Relativity at TPI, FSU Jena, and ITP, U Leipzig

Quantum Field Theory and General Relativity

Jena U., TPI / Leipzig U. - Student

Field of Interest: cond-mat, gr-qc, hep-lat, hep-ph, hep-th
Deadline: 2019-07-01
Region: Europe

Job description:
The new DFG Research Training Group (RTG) 2522 "Strong Dynamics and Criticality in Quantum and Gravitational Systems" jointly hosted at the Institutes for Theoretical Physics at Friedrich Schiller University Jena and at Leipzig University offers 12 PhD positions, available 1 October 2019 or as soon as possible thereafter.

The RTG 2522 offers a structured PhD program on the basis of a research program at the interface of quantum field theory and gravitational theory. Preferably, the candidates should have a strong background in quantum field theory and/or general relativity and corresponding theoretical, mathematical, and computational methods. Participating principal investigators of the RTG include M. Ammon, S. Bernuzzi, B. Brügmann, D. Cadamuro, H. Gies, S. Hollands, R. Meinel, B. Rosenow, R. Verch, and A. Wipf.  More information about the research program of RTG 2522 can be found on the website:, see also (TPI Jena) and (ITP Leipzig).

Employment conditions: to qualify for the position, applicants must hold a Master's degree or a Diploma in Physics or Mathematics.

Applicants should submit (preferably via E-mail and as a single PDF document) a curriculum vitae, a brief description of research interests, a transcript of records, a certificate of the master's degree (or a statement concerning when it is due), and arrange for 1-2 reference letters. Important: In your cover letter, please state your preferences for one or more principal investigators, acting as supervisors for the corresponding PhD projects.

Selected candidates will receive a three-year position according to the German public service salary scale (E13 TV-L 65%). The RTG wants to promote women in science and is particularly looking forward to receiving applications by qualified female candidates.  Applications of handicapped people will be given preference in the selection among equivalently qualified competitors.

Correspondence address: Prof. Dr. Holger Gies, TPI, Friedrich Schiller
University of Jena, Max-Wien-Platz 1, D-07743 Jena, Germany, E-mail:

E-mail for Reference Letters:

Contact: Holger Gies
More Information:
Letters of Reference should be sent to:

PhD position in Theoretical Physics

The Junior Research Group “Decoherence in gravitating and gravity-exposed quantum systems” at the Theoretical Physics Institute, Faculty of Physics and Astronomy at Friedrich-Schiller University Jena, Germany invites applications for a PhD position in theoretical physics starting in autumn 2019.

The Junior Research Group led by Dr. André Großardt studies effects of gravitational decoherence in laboratory quantum systems comparing quantised and classical gravitation, possible ways of coupling quantum matter to classical gravity, as well as the relevance of gravitational decoherence effects for the measurement problem in quantum mechanics.

Your tasks:

  • Analysis of existing models of stochastic background spacetimes and of quantum and classical sources of such perturbations.

  • Comparison of existing models for decoherence due to stochastic spacetime perturbations.

  • Independent research on the extension and generalisation of these models for comparability of classical and quantum effects.

Qualification requirements:

  • University degree in Physics or comparable degree.

  • Interest in foundational question of theoretical physics and ability for critical consideration of established explanatory models.

  • Preferably experience (e.g. Master’s thesis, focus/elective subject) in gravitational physics or foundations of quantum mechanics (decoherence, open quantum systems, …) ideally with elementary knowledge in the respective other area.

We offer:

  • A challenging research project with the opportunity to determine your own research focus.

  • A family friendly employment environment with flexible work hours.

  • Salary and benefits according to the salary scheme for state employees (TV-L) in salary group E13 (75%).

The contract will be fixed-term for 3 years with 30 working hours weekly (75% of full-time position).

Severely disabled people are given preference, equal capabilities, aptitude, and professional qualification provided.

For the advancement of an equal opportunity selection process and to avoid cognitive bias we kindly ask for an anonymised CV which does not state your name, date of birth or any other attributes identifying sex, nationality, or ethnicity.

A complete application (in English or German) includes

  • Anonymised CV,

  • Transcript of grades,

  • Copy of your Master’s thesis or – if not ready for publication – your Bachelor’s thesis or comparable independently written work of research,

  • Short presentation of your scientific motivation in 1-2 pages: what do you think are the most important foundational questions in physics, where do you see promising approaches for their solution, and where do you see your personal role in this?

  • Contact information for 2 references (name, institution, email). These persons should be willing and able to judge your scientific qualification upon request (note that no letters of reference should be sent at the time of application!)

Please send in your application until 11 August 2019 addressed to Dr. André Großardt (email applications are preferred)

Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena
Theoretisch-Physikalisches Institut

Max-Wien-Platz 1
07743 Jena

Applications arriving after the deadline will be considered until the position has been filled.

Please, do not hesitate to ask any questions concerning the research project or the application process by email.

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