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dggreen 1 month ago

A fully-funded 3-year PhD position in many-body theory of positron-matter interactions is available in the group of Dermot Green at Queen’s University Belfast, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom. The starting date is nominally October 2020 but can be flexible.

The project (click here for full description) involves developing state-of-the-art ab initio many-body theory approaches (GW, BSE and beyond) to describe positron interactions (binding, scattering, and annihilation) with molecules and condensed matter. The PhD student will contribute to the groups efforts to achieve the objectives of Dermot’s ERC project ANTI-ATOM (2019-2024), an aim of which is to provide basic understanding necessary to support and develop fundamental experiments and positron-based materials science techniques and technologies (e.g., traps and accumulators, and PET).

The Green group is a subgroup of the Antimatter and Atomic Many-body theory group led by Dermot Green and Gleb Gribakin. It is housed in the Centre for Theoretical Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics at the School of Mathematics and Physics, which has a strong tradition at the international forefront of theoretical and computational atomic and molecular physics. The School also houses the Atomistic Simulation Centre, directed by Myrta Gruning. 

For details of PhD life at Queen’s see the graduate school website.  

For some information about Belfast and Northern Ireland (voted number 1 place to visit by Lonely Planet in 2018) click here.

Applications should be made via the online portal before the 21 February 2020 deadline. Informal queries from interested students can be made by emailing[AT]

Funding eligibility is as follows.

To be eligible to apply for a fully-funded DfE studentship, the applicant must:

  • be a UK or EU citizen or a non-EU citizen with permanent settled status in the UK (known as ‘indefinite leave to remain’)


  • have been ordinarily resident in the UK for at least 3 years prior to the start of the studentship

Fees Only Award Eligibility

EU citizens who will not have lived in the UK for the last 3 years preceding the start of the studentship would normally be eligible for a Fees Only Award. The Fee Award does not include a stipend, therefore funding to cover living costs for at least 3 years will need to be sought from another source.

Best regards,
Dermot Green, Queen’s University Belfast

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Ab initio (from electronic structure) calculation of complex processes in materials