PhD Position in Computational Condensed Matter Physics

Faculteit/Dienst:  Faculteit der Natuurw., Wiskunde & Informatica
Opleidingsniveau:  Master
Functie type:  Promotieplaats
Sluitingsdatum:  30 June 2022
Vacaturenummer:  8721




Are you a highly-motivated student who would like to work at the forefront of current research in quantum many-body physics using state-of-the-art computational tools?


Applications are invited for a 4-year PhD position in the Computational Condensed Matter Physics group of dr. Philippe Corboz at the University of Amsterdam (UvA), starting in Fall 2021. The group is part of the Condensed Matter Theory group at the Institute for Theoretical Physics (ITFA) and Institute of Physics (IOP) at the UvA, the Delta Institute of Theoretical Physics (D-ITP), and QuSoft, the new Dutch research center for quantum software. The successful applicant will be embedded in a stimulating research environment including leading groups in condensed matter theory and experiment.


The position is part of the NexGenTeN ERC project which focuses on the development and application of 2D tensor network algorithms for the accurate study of strongly correlated quantum many-body systems. Research areas include the development of 2D tensor network algorithms for ground states, spectral functions, finite temperature simulations, open systems, and multi-scale approaches, with applications in single and multi-band Hubbard models, frustrated magnets, SU(N) systems, open quantum systems, and other strongly correlated systems. The intended focus of this position is on accurate simulations of the Hubbard model at zero and finite temperature with the goal to shed new light on high-Tc superconductivity.


What are you going to do


You will: 

  • do original research in the field of tensor networks applied to strongly correlated systems;
  • contribute to the UvA’s Master programme as a teaching assistant;
  • play an active role in the group, including supervision of Bachelor and Master students;
  • participate in the CMT group activities (such as seminars, discussions, journal clubs, etc.);
  • present you results at international workshops and conferences.


What do we require


As our successful candidate you should have:


  • a Master degree in theoretical physics, with a focus preferably in (computational) condensed matter physics;
  • a background in quantum many-body physics and numerical approaches (ideally knowledge/experience in tensor network methods);
  • solid programming skills;
  • the ability to work independently and to collaborate in a collegial research environment;
  • a highly motivated, passionate, and creative attitude;
  • excellent written and oral English communication skills.


Our offer


A temporary contract for 38 hours per week for the duration of four years (the initial contract will be for a period of 18 months and after satisfactory evaluation it will be extended for a total duration of four years). This should lead to a dissertation (PhD thesis). We will draft an educational plan that includes attendance of courses and (international) meetings. We also expect you to assist in teaching undergraduates and master students. 


The gross monthly salary, based on 38 hours per week and dependent on relevant experience, ranges between €2,443 to €3,122 (scale P). This does not include 8% holiday allowance and 8,3% year-end allowance. The UFO profile Promovendus  is applicable. A favourable tax agreement, the ‘30% ruling’, may apply to non-Dutch applicants. The Collective Labour Agreement of Universities of the Netherlands is applicable.


Besides the salary and a vibrant and challenging environment at Science Park we offer you multiple fringe benefits:


  • 232 holiday hours per year (based on fulltime) and extra holidays between Christmas and 1 January;
  • multiple courses to follow from our Teaching and Learning Centre;
  • a complete educational program for PhD students;
  • multiple courses on topics such as leadership for academic staff;
  • multiple courses on topics such as time management, handling stress and an online learning platform with 100+ different courses;
  • 7 weeks birth leave (partner leave) with 100% salary;
  • partly paid parental leave;
  • the possibility to set up a workplace at home;
  • a pension at ABP for which UvA pays two third part of the contribution;
  • the possibility to follow courses to learn Dutch;
  • help with housing for a studio or small apartment when you’re moving from abroad.

Are you curious to read more about our extensive package of secondary employment benefits, take a look here.




Do you have questions about this vacancy? Or do you want to know more about our organisation? Please contact: dr. Philippe Corboz by email:


About the Faculty of Science and the Institute of Physics

The Faculty of Science has a student body of around 7,000, as well as 1,600 members of staff working in education, research or support services. Researchers and students at the Faculty of Science are fascinated by every aspect of how the world works, be it elementary particles, the birth of the universe or the functioning of the brain.


The mission of the Institute of Physics (IoP) is to carry out excellent research in the field of experimental and theoretical physics, to provide inspiring teaching within the physics and other curricula and to transfer our knowledge of and enthusiasm for physics to society. The IoP has over 50 faculty and 180 researchers in total. The combination with the NWO Institutes at Amsterdam Science Park constitutes the largest physics hub in the Netherlands and is an international centre of excellence.


Job application


Do you recognize yourself in the job profile? Then we look forward to receiving your application. The closing date is 30 June 2022, however, applications will be evaluated on a rolling basis until a suitable candidate is found. You can apply online by using the link below:


Applications in a single .pdf  (please upload in the field marked CV) should include:

  • a motivation letter that explains why you have chosen to apply for this specific position with a statement of your research experience and interests and how these relate to this project;
  • your CV;
  • transcript of grades;
  • a pdf copy of your Master thesis (or a preliminary version, or at least a summary);
  • contact details of at least 2 referees .The referees will only be contacted if you are shortlisted. The recommendation letters should be sent to


Please mention the months (not just years) in your CV when referring to your education and work experience.



The UvA is an equal-opportunity employer. We prioritise diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for everyone. We value a spirit of enquiry and perseverance, provide the space to keep asking questions, and promote a culture of curiosity and creativity.


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