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Joint Postdoctoral Fellowship in Theoretical Physics at the Tsung-Dao Lee Institute and the Wilczek Quantum Center (Shanghai), and Nordita (Stockholm)

The Tsung-Dao Lee Institute (TDLI) and the Wilczek Quantum Center (WQC) in Shanghai, China, together with Nordita in Stockholm, Sweden, invite applications for a joint post-doctoral fellowship in theoretical physics.

Project description

The fellowship is intended for scientists who are within four years of receiving their Ph.D. and wish to carry out research in theoretical physics represented at TDLI/WQC. At present these research fields cover:

  • superconductivity, quantum magnetism
  • quantum phase transitions, integrable models
  • ultra-cold gases, quantum optics, and quantum information theory
  • fundamental interactions and its applications to astronomy and cosmology
  • application of quantum mechanics to biological processes

We strongly encourage applications from all under-represented groups.

Terms of employment

The appointment is for three years starting 1 September, 2020 or some other date to be agreed upon. The candidate will spend the first two years at TDLI/WQC and the third year at Nordita.


Further information about the position can be obtained from Jialin Yang, Department of Physics and Astronomy, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, and Professor Niels Obers, Nordita,


The deadline for applications is January 31, 2020.

Only online applications will be accepted. Applications should include a curriculum vitae, a list of publications, and a statement of research interests including future research plans.

Additionally, candidates should arrange for three recommendation letters, to be sent to Elizabeth Yang ( as well as to Jialin Yang (, also before the deadline.


The Tsung-Dao Lee Institute, TDLI, was founded in 2016 in Shanghai, China. It is jointly established by the Ministry of Science and Technology, the Ministry of Education, the Municipal Government of Shanghai, and jointly funded by National Science Foundation of China. Shanghai Jiao Tong University is retained and approved by the government to operate the new Institute as its contractor and trustee. The TDLI aims to boost researches in basic sciences and interdisciplinary fields via undertaking three basic missions: (1) provides a platform to foster academic training, exchange, and collaborations for worldwide physicists; (2) hosts cutting‐edge research programs on most fundamental questions in particle physics, cosmology and quantum physics with potential expansion to include other related areas such as the application of quantum mechanics to bioprocesses; (3) actively engages in general public science education.
Further information about the TDLI can be found at

The Wilczek Quantum Center, WQC, was founded in 2014, Hangzhou, China. It was moved to Shanghai Jiao Tong University in 2017 in conjunction with the exciting development of TDLI for which Prof. Wilczek was appointed Founding Director. The general purpose of the WQC is to advance the level of fundamental research in Shanghai and to promote scientific exchange and collaboration with the World. The WQC directs its main efforts to theoretical research in the areas of ultra-cold gases, quantum optics, quantum information theory, the theory of fundamental interactions, and the application of quantum mechanics to biological processes. The goal of the WQC is to develop the Center into an institute recognized worldwide, working at the cutting edge of quantum research frontiers.
Further information about the WQC can be found at

Nordita, the Nordic Institute for Theoretical Physics, was founded in Copenhagen, Denmark, in 1957. It was relocated to the AlbaNova University Center in Stockholm, Sweden, in 2007, where it is jointly hosted by Stockholm University and KTH Royal Institute of Technology. Research at Nordita covers a broad range of theoretical physics including astrophysics, biophysics, condensed matter physics, gravitation, cosmology and astroparticle physics, high-energy physics, and statistical physics/complex systems. The research activity of the local academic staff is supplemented by Nordita Scientific Programs, which bring together groups of leading experts to work on specific topics for extended periods. There is also ample opportunity for collaboration with faculty and research staff at local universities.
Further information about Nordita can be found at

» Apply online:
Deadline: 31 January 2020
Nordita Visiting PhD Student Fellowships, Fall 2020

The visiting PhD student program at Nordita, the Nordic Institute for Theoretical Physics, is open for applications. The program offers selected students the opportunity to spend time at Nordita and take advantage of the research environment and ongoing scientific activities at the institute and the AlbaNova University Center in Stockholm.

This can, in particular, include collaboration on research projects with Nordita academic staff and participation in Nordita Scientific Programs in areas of interest to the students, but should also be viewed as an opportunity to broaden their general knowledge and to interact with researchers working in diverse areas of modern theoretical physics.

Visiting PhD fellows may also be interested in taking PhD-level courses offered at the Universities in Stockholm area.

Duration and Starting Dates

A visiting PhD fellowship will be awarded for a period of up to three months, providing accommodation and travel to and from Stockholm, but no salary or per diem.

Starting dates for stays at Nordita are flexible.


A visiting PhD fellow must be registered elsewhere as a PhD student in theoretical physics or a related subject.


A visiting PhD fellow must choose a local host, normally one of the Nordita faculty, who takes on a mentorship role during PhD fellow's stay at Nordita. Please contact your host before submitting an application, and discuss with them prospective research plan along with the duration and dates of your visit.


An application for the PhD fellowship program must be sent by e-mail to, and should contain the following data:

  • your name and e-mail
  • your home institute
  • start date and topic of your PhD thesis
  • name and e-mail of your thesis advisor
  • name, institute and e-mail of one referee (if other than the thesis advisor)
  • name of the Nordita host
  • your CV
  • short (no more than one page) description of prospective research activities at Nordita

Ask the referee to send a letter of recommendation to the same e-mail address.

Your Nordita host should separately send to the same address a letter of motivation for your visit.

Applications can be submitted at any time and will be evaluated twice a year. The next deadline is the 15th of June 2020.

Further Information

If you have any questions, or need help in selecting a Nordita host, please contact the coordinators of the program at The coordinators are Marie Hermanns, Dhrubaditya Mitra and Olof Ohlsson Sax.

» Applications should be sent via e-mail
Deadline: 15 June 2020

A note on our naming conventions for Nordita postdoctoral positions

We have two types of postdoc positions at Nordita.

The first kind, "Nordita fellows positions", are announced once a year with a deadline in November-December and start date the following autumn. Nordita fellows can pursue their research quite independently of our existing research groups, even though of course there is a lot of collaboration. There are typically 5-6 positions per year, all for two years.

Then we have "Nordita postdoc positions" announced within a particular project, typically connected with a grant. These postdocs are hired to work on that particular subject together with the other researchers in the corresponding group. The number of announced positions of this type is irregular, and depends on the ability of our senior staff to secure grants. The duration is typically two years but can vary, and start dates may also vary.

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