PhD fellow in Condensed Matter Theory

Department of Physics, Faculty of Science at University of Copenhagen is offering a PhD scholarship in condensed matter theory commencing 1 October 2020 or as soon as possible thereafter.

Description of the scientific environment

The project will be funded by a grant from the Danish Agency for Science and Higher Education (SFU). The position will be part of a comprehensive new Danish research environment (Q-MAT) in magnetism and quantum materials, related to upcoming research at the European Spallation Source (ESS), and embedded in the condensed matter theory group at the Niels Bohr Institute, University of Copenhagen. Significant collaboration is expected to take place with other people including Prof. Kim Lefmann, J. Paaske, A. T. Rømer (NBI), N. B. Christensen (DTU), H. Rønnow (EPFL), and other international collaborators including I. Eremin, P. Kotetes, P. J. Hirschfeld, and world-leading experimental STM, neutron and x-ray scattering groups. For further information on the condensed matter theory group at the University of Copenhagen, please see

Project description
The overarching goal of the project is to obtain new fundamental insight into the origin of unconventional superconductivity in correlated materials, including, for example, bulk materials like cuprates, iron-based superconductors, as well as 2D materials like FeSe on STO, and magic-angle twisted bilayer graphene. In close collaboration with experimental activities at Q-MAT and experimental results from ESS, the PhD project will perform supporting theoretical calculations and also pursue new related theoretical challenges in the field of unconventional superconductivity. The project is also expected to be centered on correlation-induced inhomogeneous electronic phases, and the possibility of novel topological states of matter in these systems.

Principal supervisor is Associate Prof. Brian M. Andersen, Niels Bohr Institute, E-mail: , Direct Phone: +4550468651.

Job description

The position is available for a 3-year period and your key tasks as a PhD student at SCIENCE are:

  • To manage and carry through your research project
  • Attend PhD courses
  • Write scientific articles and your PhD thesis
  • Teach and disseminate your research
  • To stay at an external research institution for a few months, preferably abroad
  • Work for the department

Formal requirements
Applicants should hold an MSc degree in physics with good results and good English skills. As criteria for the assessment of your qualifications emphasis will also be laid on previous publications (if any) and relevant work experience.

Terms of employment

The position is covered by the Memorandum on Job Structure for Academic Staff.

Terms of appointment and payment accord to the agreement between the Ministry of Finance and The Danish Confederation of Professional Associations on Academics in the State.

The starting salary is currently at a minimum DKK 331,125 (approx. €43,750) including annual supplement (+ pension at a minimum DKK 53,811). Negotiation for salary supplement is possible.


Application Procedure

The application, in English, must be submitted electronically by clicking APPLY NOW below.

Please include

  • Cover Letter
  • CV
  • Diploma and transcripts of records (BSc and MSc)
  • Acceptance Letter for the relevant MSc Programme at SCIENCE, if any
  • Other information for consideration, e.g. list of publications (if any)
  • 1-3 reference letters (if any)

The University wishes our staff to reflect the diversity of society and thus welcomes applications from all qualified candidates regardless of personal background.
The deadline for applications is 13 August 2020, 23:59 GMT +2.

After the expiry of the deadline for applications, the authorized recruitment manager selects applicants for assessment on the advice of the Interview Committee. Afterwards an assessment committee will be appointed to evaluate the selected applications. The applicants will be notified of the composition of the committee and the final selection of a successful candidate will be made by the Head of Department, based on the recommendations of the assessment committee and the interview committee.
The main criterion for selection will be the research potential of the applicant and the above- mentioned skills. The successful candidate will then be requested to formally apply for enrolment as a PhD student at the PhD school of Science. You can read more about the recruitment process at
For specific information about the PhD scholarship, please contact the principal supervisor: Brian M. Andersen, Niels Bohr Institute, E-mail: , Direct Phone: +4550468651
General information about PhD programmes at SCIENCE is available at


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Brian Møller Andersen


Application deadline: 13-08-2020
Employment start: 01-10-2020
Working hours: Full time
Department/Location: Niels Bohr Institutet

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