SEPnet PhD Studentship in Condensed Matter Theory

Applications are sought for a PhD studentship in condensed matter theory funded by the SEPnet collaboration. The successful candidate will work under the supervision of Dr. J. Quintanilla at the Science and Technology Facilities Council’s Rutherford Appleton Laboratory (RAL). There will be opportunities to collaborate with experimentalists working on these subjects at RAL’s ISIS neutron and muon source and with other theorists in the SEPnet collaboration.

The studentship is available to work on magnetic monopole excitations that have been recently discovered in spin ice materials. In particular, the influence of defects and surfaces on these novel quasi-particles will be investigated. Other research topics available in the group include: spontaneous deformations of the Fermi surface in strongly-correlated metals; unconventional superconductors; ultra-cold atoms in optical lattices; magnetic nano-structures; and quantum information.

Applications can be made online at:

The studentship covers all fees for UK or EU students plus a stipend of £13,290 p.a. In addition a research training support grant of £1,200 p.a. will be awarded for travel or fieldwork. The studentship is available immediately. Review of applications will continue until the position is filled.

Additional information:

• SEPnet:
• ISIS Facility:
• Functional Materials Group:
• FMG outpost:

Prospective candidates are encouraged to send informal enquiries to

Dr J Quintanilla
School of Physical Sciences, University of Kent and ISIS Facility, STFC Rutherford Appleton Laboratory
Mail address: ISIS Facility, STFC Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, Harwell Science and Innovation Campus, Didcot OX11 0QX.
Telephone: 01235446353