PhD topics proposed for 2015 and 2016:
The PhD subjects still available for PhDs starting in the Fall 2015 and 2016 are the following:
- Phase transitions in the integer quantum Hall effect, with Hubert Saleur and Jesper Jacobsen.
- Widely applied statistical physics, with Lenka Zdeborova.
- Integrable structures and correlation functions in supersymmetric QCD, with Ivan Kostov et Didina Serban.
- Quantum magnetism and topological phases*, with Grégoire Misguich.
- Non-Unitary Quantum Field Theory, with Hubert Saleur.
- Dynamics in Rugged Energy Landscapes, with Giulio Biroli.
- The Quantum Structure of Black Holes, avec Iosif Bena.
- Out-of-equilibrium physics of strongly-correlated electronic systems, avec O. Parcollet (CEA) & M. Ferrero (X).
- Constraints on Effective Field Theories from Unitarity and Crossing Symmetry, avec Brando Bellazzini.
- Current topics in generalised complex geometry, avec Ruben Minasian.
- Emergent physics at LHC2, avec Jean-Yves Ollitrault.
- Magnetic properties of Majorana fermions , avec Cristina Bena.
*: a PhD fellowship is warranted for this subject
PhDs usually start in October. They must be completed in three years at full time.
How to apply
To apply, first choose a thesis topic which you find interesting. Then contact the supervisor, to check whether the thesis is still "open". Send her/him a CV. Once you obtain the consent of the supervisor, then submit an application for funding. Once funding is obtained, there remains only paperwork: enrollment in the Ecole Doctorale, the University, with the CEA, etc.
Several organizations offer funding. Each one has its own rules and timetable.
- CFR: CEA PhD Fellowship.
The CFR funding is specific to CEA. The student receives 2040 euros "brut" per month, for 3 years. Usually, the contract starts on 1st October.
For CFR, the deadline for applications is late April. The application must be performed electronically by the PhD supervisor or by S.Nonnenmacher. Decisions are taken by the head of CEA. The only selection criterion is academic excellence. Responses are expected around mid-June. More information may be found at www-instn.cea.fr.
- PhD contract from Universities. These contracts are awarded by the "doctoral schools". See www.etudiant.gouv.fr, or ED 107. The deadline for application is towards the end of May. The selection will be done in two steps: a preselection leads to a short list of applicants, which will be interviewed by a selection panel.
- Certain PhD advisors benefit from grants (from the French ANR, the ERC, some European network) allowing to fund PhD theses.
Please contact François Gélis for more information.