PhD Projects

We would love to hear from you if you are interested in a PhD position. Please get in touch and we can discuss options. Further details of possible opportunities are given below:

A fully funded PhD position in "Quantum thermodynamics beyond the Markovian regime" is available for a joint project between the School of Physics, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland, and the School of Physics and Astronomy, University of St Andrews, U.K. The work will be jointly supervised by Profs. Paul Eastham and John Goold in Trinity College Dublin, in conjunction with Dr. Brendon Lovett in the University of St Andrews. The successful candidate must hold by the start date a degree in physics, theoretical physics or applied mathematics.

Details about the research groups can be found on their websites:

Thermodynamics and energetics of quantum systems (Goold)

Quantum Light and Matter (Eastham)

Theory of Quantum Nanomaterials (Lovett)

The project is a theoretical study of the thermodynamics of non-equilibrium quantum systems beyond the weak-coupling and Markovian limits. It entails the development of numerical and analytical methods applicable to this regime, and their application to fundamental questions as well as experiments. The ideal candidate will have interests in quantum many-body physics, condensed-matter theory, thermodynamics, quantum information, and numerical simulation. We are looking for an enthusiastic and creative student who enjoys challenges and new endeavours.

The position is fully funded for a period of 4 years. The successful candidate will be enrolled in the graduate program at Trinity College Dublin and may be required to spend up to two years working in St Andrews.

Deadline for applications: 31st of March 2018 for start in Aug/Sept 2018.

To apply please send a CV and cover letter with the names of two potential referees (letters are not required at this point) to, and Informal enquiries to these addresses are also welcome.



Post-doctoral positions

While we do not have any positions available at present, Brendon is happy to advise with applications for fellowships. Some relevant links are below. Other schemes exist, particularly international.

Royal Society Dorothy Hodgkin Fellowship

The Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851 Fellowships

Royal Society Newton International Fellowships

Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellowships

Marie-Sklodowska-Curie Fellowships

Royal Society University Research Fellowship