Postdoctoral Position in Computational Condensed Matter Physics

University of Amsterdam Institute of Physics


Postdoctoral position in Computational Condensed Matter Physics

Publication date 18 January 2021

Closing date 31 March 2021

Level of education PhD

Hours 38 hours per week

Salary indication €2,790 to €4,402 gross per month

Vacancy number 21-027

Applications are invited for a 2-year postdoctoral position in the Computational Condensed Matter Physics group of dr Philippe Corboz at the University of Amsterdam (UvA), starting in September 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.

What are you going to do?

You will:

  • do original research in the field of 2D tensor networks applied to strongly correlated systems;
  • play an active role in the group (including collaboration with other group members and co-supervision of students);
  • participate in the CMT group activities (such as seminars, discussions, journal clubs, etc.).

What do we require?

As our successful candidate you should have:

  • a PhD in Theoretical Physics, preferably in Condensed Matter Theory;
  • strong expertise in strongly correlated systems and computational methods (ideally tensor network methods);
  • solid programming skills;
  • the ability to work independently and to collaborate in a collegial research environment;
  • excellent written and oral English communication skills.

Our offer

A temporary contract for 38 hours a week, preferably starting on 1 September 2021 for the duration of 24 months.

The salary, depending on relevant experience before the beginning of the employment contract, will be €2,790 to €4,402 (scale 10) gross per month, based on a full-time contract of 38 hours a week. This is exclusive 8% holiday allowance and 8.3% end-of-year bonus. A favourable tax agreement, the ‘30% ruling’, may apply to non-Dutch applicants. The Collective Labour Agreement of Dutch Universities is applicable.

Are you curious about our extensive package of secondary employment benefits like our excellent opportunities for study and development? Then find out more about working at the Faculty of Science.

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.


Do you have questions about this vacancy? Or do you want to know more about our organisation? Please contact:

  • Dr Philippe Corboz

Job application

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.

Do you recognize yourself in the job profile? The closing date is 31 March 2021; however, applications will be evaluated on a rolling basis (starting from February 17) until a suitable candidate is found.You may apply online by using the link below.

Applications in pdf should include:

  • cover letter;
  • CV including al list of publication and presentations;
  • research statement;
  • 2-3 reference letters (to be submitted online by the referees).

No agencies please

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