Theory and simulation of transport and ultrafast processes in quantum materials

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Institute: King’s College London
First advertised here: 11 January 2023

About the Project

One PhD position is available in the Theory and Simulation of Condensed Matter Group at the Department of Physics, King’s College London, under the supervision of Dr. Ivana Savic ( The position is fully funded for up to 3.5 years for home students only (UK and Republic of Ireland) and will commence in October 2023.

The goal of this exciting project is to develop new theoretical and computational methods to describe transport and ultrafast processes in several classes of quantum materials. Our focus is modelling of electronic and vibrational responses to external electrical fields and temperature gradients (electronic and thermoelectric transport), as well as their responses to light excitations on very short time scales (~fs-ps). We will develop understanding of how to control transport properties and ultrafast dynamics of selected quantum materials, which will contribute to the development of new energy-efficient devices for information and communication technologies. Materials of interest include recently discovered topological, two-dimensional and layered materials, particularly those near electronic and structural phase transitions.

The project will involve using state-of-the-art electronic structure methods to describe electronic and vibrational degrees of freedom and their interactions, combined with machine learning techniques. Transport and ultrafast processes will be simulated using various statistical mechanics approaches.

The successful PhD candidate will have the opportunity to work in collaboration with leading experimental groups at Stanford University specialising in ultrafast X-ray and ARPES measurements. The PhD candidate will also benefit from the highly stimulating scientific environment in theory and simulation of materials at King’s College London and Thomas Young Centre.

PhD applicants should hold a first-class honours degree or master’s in physics or a related discipline before the start of the studentship. A strong background in solid state physics, statistical physics and quantum mechanics, and interest in material modelling and computer simulation are required. Previous experience in coding is desirable.

Interested applicants are encouraged to contact Dr. Ivana Savic ( with a CV, cover letter and transcripts as soon as possible for more information and details on how to apply.

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To be considered for the position candidates must apply via King’s Apply online application system. Details are available at:

The selection process will involve a pre-selection on documents, if selected this will be followed by an invitation to an interview. If successful at the interview, an offer will be provided in due time.

Please indicate your desired supervisor and quote research group “Ivana Savic” in your application and all correspondence.

Funding Notes

Funding is available for 3.5 years and covers tuition fees at the level set for UK students, c. £6,120 p.a. and a tax-free stipend of approximately £19,000 p.a. with possible inflationary increases after the first year.