Two post-doctoral research associate (PDRA) positions are available at the Universities of Kent and Bristol in partnership with the STFC Rutherford Appleton Laboratory. We are looking for enthusiastic candidates to pursue work in condensed matter theory. You will carry out research on broken time-reversal symmetry and topological order in superconductors with strong spin-orbit coupling, competing orders, multi-band pairing and/or lack of inversion symmetry.

Both posts are available as part of the collaboration “Unconventional Superconductors: New Paradigms for New Materials”. The team have recently been awarded an £844,000 (FEC) grant from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council.

The Kent PDRA will carry out group-theoretical analyses of experimental data and develop novel theories of unconventional electron pairing, analytically and numerically. The Bristol PDRA will carry out Density Functional Theory calculations of the band structures of materials exhibiting novel forms of superconductivity. Both PDRA’s will then work together to combine this information to create detailed models of specific materials. They will then use these models to predict the results of experiments.

For the advertisements of each of the two positions and application forms go to

Candidates whose background could be suitable for either post are encouraged to apply to both Kent and Bristol.

The universities of Kent and Bristol are equal-opportunities employers. Women, members of ethnic minorities, and members of other under-represented groups are strongly encouraged to apply.

New EPSRC Researh Project: “Unconventional Superconductors: New Paradigms for New Materials”

We are pleased to announce the award by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council of two grants totalling £844k (FEC) to a collaboration between the Universities of Kent (PI: J. Quintanilla) and Bristol (PI: J. F. Annett), in partnership with the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory (PP: Adrian D. Hillier). The new project also involves K. Miyake as a Visiting Researcher and it is entitled “Unconventional Superconductors: New Paradigms for New Materials”. Follow the link for a summary of the proposal provided on the EPSRC website.

As part of this project we will be hiring two post-doctoral researchers in Condensed Matter Theory. Watch this space for forthcoming job announcements.