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Korea-Tübingen PhD Program: Project 9/2024: PhD Project Title: Quantum reaction-diffusion systems

Topic Description: Reaction-diffusion systems are simple systems which show emergent behavior that manifests at large distances and over long times. They can be modelled by a lattice system in which particles undergo (diffusive) hopping dynamics and react when meeting. Upon reacting particles are expelled from the system, which ultimately leads to an empty lattice. This final state is, however, reached in a highly correlated fashion, which manifest in a power-law decay of the particle density. The power-law exponent of this decay law may change depending on dimensionality and nature of the reaction process. The goal of this PhD project is to study quantum generalizations of such reaction diffusion dynamics using numerical and analytical methods. Recent work by our group has shown that quantum effects can lead to novel manifestations of collective behavior.

Faculty: Faculty of Science
Institute/Section/Subject: Institute for Theoretical Physics

Supervising Professor(s): Prof. Igor Lesanovsky

About the Supervisor(s): The group “Theoretical Atomic Physics and Synthetic Quantum Matter” was established in 2019 and conducts research on the quantum physics of systems formed of many constituents interacting with light. The research goal is to uncover emergent complex behavior such as phase transitions and to find ways for utilizing those in applications. See www.open-quantum-systems.com.

Requirements for the application:
Required Degrees: MSc in Physics
Language Requirements: English (IELTS 6,5 or TOEFL equivalent)
Notes: The applicant must have a high level of independence, the ability to work in a team and excellent knowledge of analytical methods of theoretical physics. Programming skills (e.g., Python or Matlab) are also advantageous.

For further instructions on how to apply, more information on the program and contact details please see below.
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Korea-Tübingen PhD Program
The University of Tübingen have established a PhD Program which supports Korean nationals from partner Universities wishing to carry out all or part of their PhD study in Tübingen.

  • Cheju National University
  • Chonbuk National University
  • Chungnam National University
  • Ewha Womans University
  • Hanyang University
  • Korea University
  • Pusan National University
  • Seoul National University
  • Sogang University
  • Sookmyung Women's University
  • Sungkyunkwan University
  • Yonsei University


  • Aims:
    • providing high quality research training to qualified students from Korean universities
    • developing education and research collaborations between the University of Tübingen and Korean universities and research institutions

    Target group:
    Excellent postgraduate and doctoral students from Korean partner universities who are citizens and permanent residents of the Republic of Korea at the time of application

    Application Process:
    • June 30: Application deadline. Applications must be handed in through the online application system of the University of Tübingen
    • between July 4 and 7: round of interviews in English
    • by July 30: Successful applicants will be officially informed and provided letters of admission.
    • by Oct 1: Program participants arrive in Tübingen

    • How to Apply:
      In order to apply you need to upload the following documents combined in 1 PDF
      • Cover/Motivation letter with the description of academic characteristics that qualify you to complete the PhD project successfully
      • CV
      • Academic transcripts*
      • Proof of proficient English language skills - TOEFL iBT 95 or IELTS 6.5 or equivalent

      *List of required Academic transcripts (including official translation into German or English for documents issued in Korean)
      1) Bachelor’s Degree Award Certificate / Bachelor Gradverleihungsurkunde
      2) Transcript of the subjects and marks / Fächer- und Notenübersicht for your Bachelor’s degree/ für das Bachelorstudium
      3) Master’s Degree Award Certificate / Master-Gradverleihungsurkunde
      4) Transcript of the subjects and marks for your Master’s Degree / Fächer- und Notenübersicht für das Masterstudium


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