INSTITUTION:  Institute of Low Temperature and Structural Research, Polish Academy of Sciences, Wrocław Doctoral School of Institutes of Polish Academy of Sciences 
POSITION: PhD student – scholarship holder in the NCN research project 
SCIENTIFIC DISCIPLINE: Physical Sciences 
DATE OF ANNOUNCEMENT: 16.07.2021 
APPLICATION DEADLINE: 3.09.2021 8.09.2021
DATE OF COMPETITION SETTLEMENT: 24.09.2021 
DATE OF COMMENCEMENT OF EDUCATION AND PARTICIPATION IN THE PROJECT: 1.10.2021 
LINK TO WSD IPAN WEBSITE: http://wsdipan.intibs.pl 
LINK TO INTiBS PAN WEBSITE: http://intibs.pl
KEY WORDS: strongly interacting systems, optical lattices, Bose-Einstein condensation 

Competition Announcement 

Wrocław Doctoral School of Institutes of Polish Academy of Sciences (WDS IPAS) announces a special recruitment for a PhD student – scholarship holder in the research project: "Influence of gauge potentials and topology on phase transitions of bosons in optical lattice ", carried out on behalf of the National Science Center (grant no. 2020/39/O/ST3/01148) in the Division of Condensed Matter Theory of the Institute of Low Temperature and Structure Research of Polish Academy of Sciences in Wroclaw.  

Recruitment is conducted in accordance with the Rules of Recruitment to the Wrocław Doctoral School of Institutes of Polish Academy of Sciences for the academic year 2020/21 (https://www.intibs.pl/goto/WDS_recruitment_2021-22) and the Regulations of Awarding Funds for the Implementation of Tasks Financed by the National Science Center (NCN) in the Area of Research Projects, adopted by the Resolution of the Council of the National Science Center No. 12/2021 of March 5, 2021. The deadline for submission of documents is September 3 September 8, 2021

Requirements for the candidate 

In addition to meeting the requirements for admission to the Wroclaw School of Doctoral Institutes of the Polish Academy of Sciences, a candidate should: 

  • Have a master's degree in physics (or related), 
  • Have interest in theoretical physics and be prepared to perform tasks in the project (knowledge of solid state physics, statistical thermodynamics, quantum mechanics, etc.), 
  • Be able to enroll to the WDS IPAS and participate in the project beginning October 1, 2021

Preference will be given to candidates with a scientific record in the form of publications.  

Doctoral Student Responsibilities 

The doctoral student will be required to:

  • implement, during the period of performing tasks in the project, the educational program in the doctoral school, completed by the obtaining a doctoral degree, at the latest within 12 months after the end of the project (planned duration of the project - 4 years), 
  • implement an individual research plan, consistent with the research project, 
  • apply for funding for a foreign internship, lasting from 3 to 6 months in a foreign scientific center selected by the Project Manager, in the competition held by the National Agency for Academic Exchange (NAWA) under the conditions specified in Annex No. 1 to the Agreement on Cooperation between NAWA and NCN of September 12, 2019, and, after obtaining its funding, realizing this internship during the project. 

Scholarship 

A doctoral student will receive a doctoral scholarship from the funds of the National Science Centre on the basis of the Act of 20 July 2018. Law on Higher Education and Science (Journal of Laws of 2018, item 1668, as amended) and on the basis of the Regulations for the allocation of funds for the implementation of tasks financed by the National Science Centre in the field of research projects. 

The PRELUDIUM BIS doctoral scholarship will be paid a maximum of 4 years in the monthly amount of: 

  • 5000 PLN (the amount including full costs of social security contributions, etc.) until the month in which the doctoral student's mid-term evaluation at the doctoral school was conducted, 
  • 6000 PLN (the amount including full costs of social insurance contributions, etc.) after the month in which the student's mid-term evaluation at doctoral school was conducted. 

The doctoral scholarship will be paid after deduction of all components, in accordance with the applicable regulations. In particular, the funds allocated for the doctoral scholarship by the established regulations will cover the costs of compulsory social insurance and - upon request - the costs of sickness insurance. 

Joining the competition 

Candidates wishing to enter the competition should submit all documents specified in the Rules of Recruitment to the Wrocław Doctoral School of Institutes of the Polish Academy of Sciences for the academic year 2020/21https://www.intibs.pl/goto/WDS_recruitment_2021-22.

Candidates' applications for admission to the School must be submitted by September 3, 2021:  

  • in person at the School’s Secretariat Office at the Institute of Low Temperature and Structure Research of the Polish Academy of Sciences, 2 Okólna St. in Wrocław, from 9 am to 3 pm
or 
  • by registered mail or courier (the date on which the Secretariat Office received the documents is considered to be the delivery date) to the following address: WSD IPAN, ul. Okólna 2, 50-422 Wrocław 

or 

  • by email to the address ; however, the original documents should be delivered before the studies start (a failure to meet this requirement will result in the candidate’s name being removed from the list of doctoral students). 

Description of the research project 

The research and dissertation will be carried out within the framework of the research project: “Influence of gauge potentials and topology on phase transitions of bosons in optical lattice " (No 2020/39/O/ST3/01148) carried out under the contract awarded by the National Science Center. 

The aim of the project is to theoretically study the properties of strongly interacting ultra-cold bosons in optical lattices. Such systems, intensively studied in recent years experimentally, mimic the behavior of strongly correlated electrons in the solid body, while allowing a very wide range of control properties of particles in a model environment. As a result, they are very helpful in giving insight into the quantum phenomena of multibody solid state physics, which in their case are not disturbed by lattice defects, disorder or strong thermal fluctuations. 

The areas of interest will include investigation of quasiparticle excitations in bands with trivial and non-trivial topology, transport properties in lattices with restricted geometry, in presence of gauge potentials, analysis of role of dissipation in creation and nature of ordered states.  

During the participation in the project, a 5-month research internship has been planned at the Institute for Theoretical Physics, Technical University Berlin. 

Additional information 

For additional information, please contact the project manager, Dr. Hab. Tomasz Zaleski (, tel. +48 71 395 4316). 

Personal information 

Candidates' personal data are collected and processed by the Institute of Low Temperature and Structure Research of Polish Academy of Sciences in Wrocław in accordance with the information on personal data processing available athttps://bip.intibs.pl/artykuly/173/rodo