QUSTEC doctoral programme. Quantum thermodynamics and nonequilibrium master equations / MSCA

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    Institute of Physics, University of Freiburg
    First Stage Researcher (R1)
    Recognised Researcher (R2)
    Established Researcher (R3)
    Leading Researcher (R4)
    19/08/2019 00:00 - Europe/Brussels
    Germany › Freiburg


Context. The nonequilibrium dynamics of open quantum systems plays a key role in most applications of quantum theory, examples ranging from fundamental questions to practically relevant systems in condensed matter theory, quantum optics, quantum transport, quantum chemistry and quantum information. In many cases the open system exhibits pronounced memory effects and a revival of genuine quantum properties such as quantum coherence, correlations and entanglement. These effects cannot be treated within the conventional theory of quantum Markov processes which describes a memoryless dynamics of the open system and typically leads to an irreversible loss of
characteristic quantum features.
The central goal of this project is the development of the foundations of a general theory of quantum non-Markovianity. We will employ novel physical concepts and strategies to derive a general structural characterization of appropriate equations of motion describing the open system dynamics far from equilibrium. Important questions to be answered within the project are, for example, what are the key properties of non-Markovian processes, what is the role of genuine quantum features, and what kinds of environments, couplings, spectral densities etc. are prerequisites for strong memory effects? And how can one formulate quantum master equations for quantum thermodynamic systems which are consistent with general physical principles such as the fluctuation-dissipation relation, general fluctuation theorems and positivity of entropy production. The results of the project will pave the way for a wide area of new applications, e.g., to the multitime structure of non-Markovian dynamics, to nonlinear master equations, driven dissipative systems and quantum control.

Funding category: Financement de l'Union européenne


PHD title: Doctorat de Physique

PHD Country: Allemagne

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We are looking for a candidate with strong interests in fundamental questions and conceptual problems of quantum mechanics, in particular in the theory of dissipative, open systems, decoherence and quantum information theory. Expertise in mathematical methods of quantum theory and experience in numerical simulation techniques are desirable.


QUSTEC programme follows MSCA eligibility criteria:

    Level of experience is ‘Early Stage Researcher’, according to the definition in the work programme of the 2018-2020 Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions: Applicants must be, at the date of the respective call deadline of QUSTEC, in the first four years (full-time equivalent research experience) of their research careers and not yet have been awarded a doctoral degree.

    Mobility criterion: The applicants must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the country of the future host organisation for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately before the call deadline of QUSTEC. Short stays such as holidays are not taken into account. For refugees under the Geneva Convention, the refugee procedure (i.e. before refugee status is conferred) will not be counted as period of residence/activity in the country of the host organisation.

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Institute of Physics, University of Freiburg

EURAXESS offer ID: 430071
Posting organisation offer ID: 86837


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