We are always on the lookout for high-quality PhD students or postdoctoral researchers, and we frequently have openings for undergraduate summer students. Recruitment of new PhD students usually starts around October in line with the academic calendar, though applications are welcomed throughout the year. More details, including current vacancies, are listed below. Furthermore, we have a strong visitor program and invite you to contact us if you would like us to host you for a visit. For any further details, contact a JQC member of academic staff for general enquiries.


NEW - Postgraduate Student Recruitment 2016
OPEN DAY 12/12/2016 - Come along and see our current students present our research. More details on the event page.

We have a thriving community of over 20 PG students, working on a mixture of theory and experiment. If you are interested in joining our group, then please consult our research page for details of what we do. The Durham physics department maintains a page that gives details of funding sources, and entry requirements. The details of our admissions process for 2016 are given below:

Funding options

Self-funded students 
We welcome applications for research masters (1 year) and  doctoral studies from students with their own funding or full scholarships. There is no application deadline. Please look at our research page to find a project that suits you, and feel free to contact the relevant supervisors. We recommend that you submit an application as early as possible, so that we can advise on any admissions issues.

Durham Doctoral Scholarships
Each year Durham University awards a small number of highly prestigious scholarships for outstanding PhD students of any nationality. The application process is highly competitive; you will need to be at or near the top of your class, with evidence of achievement at the highest level such as publications or awards. We welcome applications from top-class students to work on any of our projects. We recommend that you submit an application as early as possible.

Fully funded studentships  
Each year we have a number of fully funded studentships allocated to individual projects. Details of the available projects and the application timetable are provided below. All applications received before the deadline will be evaluated together, with offers made to the best students. You are welcome to apply after the deadline, in which case your application will be consdiered for any unfilled places. Please note that unless otherwise stated, these studentships are only available to candidates with Home/EU fee status.

Application timetable 2016

Deadline for applications:  16th January 2017

Interviews: Week commencing 23rd January 2017

Offers must be accepted by: Friday 24th February 2017

Currently available studentships

EPSRC Doctoral Training Partnership (3.5 years): We have identified four projects for these studentships, and anticipate making 2-3 offers.

  1. Optimal formation and imperfections with bright matter wave solitons for interferometry. This is a theoretical project which will consider bright matter wave solitons formed in clouds of attractively interacting Bose-Einstein condensed atoms. The aim is to consider how to optimise the soliton formation process, ending up with as nearly perfect and cold an initial bright matter wave soliton as possible. Another related line of inquiry is to investigate in detail the effect of higher diffraction orders in narrow attractive “barrier” potentials, which recent experimental and theoretical work at Durham suggests can lead to dramatic effects, in particular highly unexpected quantum reflection. There is also the possibility of investigating bright matter wave solitons in “zero area” Sagnac interferometers, with potential application in gravitational wave detection. For more details contact Prof. S. Gardiner.

  2. Quantum Degenerate Mixtures of Yb and Cs in Optical Lattices. The goal of this project is to produce ultracold and quantum degenerate mixtures of Yb and Cs with the ultimate aim of producing ultracold ground state YbCs molecules. The Yb-Cs system represents an as yet unstudied mixture in the field of ultracold atomic gases and many interesting challenges need to be addressed en route to the production of molecules. In parallel, there are many fascinating avenues that could be pursued using a mixture of quantum degenerate gases of Yb and Cs in optical lattices, including impurity/ polaron physics, miscibility and the dual-species Mott-insulator transition. For more details cotact Prof. S. Cornish.

  3. Solid state atomic physics in cuprous oxide. The goal of this project is to study highly-excited atom-like states in the semiconductor cuprous oxide. Such states, known as Rydberg excitons, consist of a bound state between an electron and a hole, and exhibit a series of sharp spectral lines. This joint project with Cardiff University aims to build on Durham world-leading work on quatum optics with Rydberg atoms to create new sources of quantum light in the solid state. For more details contact Dr. Matt Jones.

  4. Magnetic trapping, sympathetic cooling and laser cooling of molecules. A moving-trap Zeeman decelerator (MTZD) will be used to bring beams of cold molecules to a standstill so that they can be confined in a magnetic trap at temperatures around 20 milli Kelvin. Once trapped, the ultimate goal is to cool the molecules to ultracold, micro Kelvin temperatures by direct laser cooling and/or by sympathetic cooling with ultracold atoms. This will allow the fine control of elastic, inelastic and reactive atom-molecule collisions in the unexplored milli Kelvin to micro Kelvin range. For more information contact Dr. D. Carty.

Current postdoc vacancies are: 

For young German researchers, both Simon Gardiner and Jeremy Hutson can host Feodor Lynen fellowships.



We welcolme applications from prospective PhD students, national and international, interested in joining our theoretical research activities within the School of Mathematics and Statistics at Newcastle University.  Our research areas can be found by browsing our research page.   Further details on the application process can be found on the School PhD application page or by contacting one of the Newcastle-based JQC academics (Barenghi / Parker / Proukakis / Sergeev).