Post doc : Quantum Matter and Quantum Optics Theory at the Center for Theoretical Physics, Ecole Polytechnique

The Center for Theoretical Physics at Ecole Polytechnique, Palaiseau (Paris), France, offers a Post-Doctoral position on Quantum Matter and Quantum Optics Theory. We are looking for a high-qualified, motivated, and dynamic young scientist in Theoretical Quantum Physics. The successful applicant will be part of the Ultracold Quantum Matter group at the Center for Theoretical Physics of Ecole Polytechnique (Palaiseau, Paris area). He/She will work under the supervision of the head of the group, Prof. Laurent Sanchez-Palencia.
The group conducts theoretical research on the dynamics of correlated quantum systems, quantum phase transitions, and dynamical phase transitions. Recent achievements include Anderson localization in correlated systems, criticality in low dimensional systems, and out-of-equilibrium dynamics of quantum lattice models with short and long range interactions (for details see the group’s research pages at The Post-Doctoral researcher will develop numerical and/or analytical approaches for correlated quantum systems along the main topics studied in the group. The successful applicant is expected to develop original lines of research in direct collaboration with the group leader and participate actively to the supervision of PhD students.
We look for candidates with up to three-year experience after PhD. Strong education in Theoretical Physics and successful research experience in the physics of correlated quantum systems is expected. The successful applicant is expected to be able to develop analytical and/or numerical calculations independently. Expertise in advanced numerical techniques, such as quantum Monte Carlo or tensor network approaches for instance, would be much appreciated. Abilities to work in team, co-supervise PhD students, present achievements, and write a scientific paper are expected.
Context of the work
The Center for Theoretical Physics (CPHT; is a joint venture between CNRS (the largest governmental research agency for fundamental science in Europe; and Ecole Polytechnique (a leading French institute which combines top-level research, academics, and innovation at the cutting-edge of science and technology; The CPHT hosts research groups working in a broad range of fields including Mathematical Physics, Particle Physics, String Theory, Plasma Physics, and Condensed Matter Theory. It benefits from many facilities, including a high performance computing cluster.
Application procedure
Candidates should submit their application online at, including
    – a Curriculum Vitae (with date of birth, e-mail address, complete academic and professional carrer, and complete list of publications);
    – a research statement and motivation letter (no more than two pages in total) ;
    – a scanned copy of their academic degrees (Master and, if applicable, PhD);
    – a list of two or three potential referees (with complete e-mail addresses).
Dealine for applications : April 8, 2019
Result of application : Mid May, 2019
Start date of contract : September 2019