Postdoctoral & PhD positions available

University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Canada
University of Kaiserslautern, Germany

PhD and Postdoc positions in Theoretical Condensed Matter Physics

Two PhD positions and two postdoc positions (for up to 3 years) are open in the groups of Prof. J. Sirker at the University of Manitoba (Winnipeg) and of Dr. I. Schneider at the Univer-sity of Kaiserslautern, Germany.

We are looking for outstanding students and Postdocs interested in theoretical physics and its applications to condensed matter and quantum optics. A particular focus of our research is on non-equilibrium dynamics in low-dimensional quantum systems and the effects of impurities and disorder in such systems. During the PhD work analytical approaches from field theoretical methods and Bethe ansatz combined with numerical MPS/DMRG studies will be applied. For the Postdoc positions a specialization on these techniques will be a plus.

We offer a collaborative environment with the possibility to obtain a joint PhD (Cotutelle) from the University of Manitoba and the University of Kaiserslautern. In particular, the positions will be associated with the Research Unit “Correlations in Integrable Quantum Many-Body Systems” (see for details). This research unit studies low-dimensional quantum many-body systems including models for spin chain materials, quantum wires, and cold atomic gases. It will organize regular international conferences and student workshops and provide travel money to participate in these events.

Please submit your application by October 9, 2020. The review of applications will start immediately and continue until the candidates have been selected. Your application should include a curriculum vitae, a short statement about your research interests, publications (including Bachelor, Master, or PhD theses if available), copies of your official transcripts, as well as the contact addresses of two possible referees.

Further information about the research activities of the groups can be found at and Please submit your application via email to or

Undergraduate Research positions

I am accepting undergraduate research students. Please contact me if you are interested to do your Honours Thesis Research via the courses PHYS4676, PHYS4678 in my group.

I am accepting summer research students. Please contact me if you are interested.

Master and PhD thesis

Positions for graduate students are available. A knowledge of quantum mechanics and solid state theory is required, a knowledge of the foundations of many-body theory desirable. If you are interested please contact me directly. An overview of the recent research activities in my group is available here. I expect that your application includes a document outlining your specific motivation to do research in my group and explaining in which way your previous studies have prepared you for this task.

For foreign students also a language proficiency test (see Faculty of Graduate Studies) is required. It is also highly recommended that you take the GRE physics test and submit the score with your application.


There are a number of funding opportunities available:

  • The Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) offers a number of Postgraduate Programs
  • NSERC also offers a number of programs for foreign nationals
  • The national research network Mitacs offers funding for industrial-academic projects
  • Students with a minimum GPA of 3.75 (above B+) at a recognized university based on a Bachelor, Masters, Graduate Diploma or a Doctoral degree might be eligible for a University of Manitoba Graduate Fellowship
  • German citizens or foreign nationals who have studied in Germany are eligible to apply for various DAAD scholarships

PhD positions in the Collaborative Research Unit 2316

PhD position within the Research Unit FOR 2316 with participating researchers from the Bergische Universität Wuppertal (Germany), the Leibniz University Hannover (Germany), and the University of Manitoba (Canada) are available. Outstanding students with an interest in mathematical physics or in computer simulations of strongly correlated quantum systems are invited to apply. A co-supervision of students by researchers from different research institutions is envisaged.


  • Top-tier Postdoctoral candidates, both Canadian and foreign, can apply for Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships
  • Canadian citizens or permanent residents can apply for NSERC Postdoctoral fellowships
  • German citizens or foreign nationals who have studied in Germany are eligible to apply for a DFG research fellowship
  • German citizens or foreign nationals who have studied in Germany are eligible to apply for a DAAD Research fellowship
  • NSERC also offers a number of programs for foreign nationals
  • There are many more funding programs available which might allow you to continue your scientific career as a Postdoctoral Researcher in my group.


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