PhD Scholarship Laser Observation and Control of Superfluid Physics

The University of Queensland is pleased to invite applicants to apply for a PhD position in condensed matter physics. Potential candidates should apply before December 27, 2018.

UQ Physics is located in the School of Mathematics and Physics in the Faculty of Science. The Discipline is internationally recognised for its research excellence, and hosts a number of world-class research centres. Details of the research interests of academic staff may be accessed on the School's web site at

Physics is one of the University of Queensland's top 30 research strengths, and the School of Mathematics and Physics is proud to support a major research effort in condensed matter physics. In the recent Excellence in Research for Australia 2015 assessment, the University of Queensland was rated "well-above international standard" in 02 Physical Sciences, as well as in the sub-categories 0204 Condensed Matter Physics and 0206 Quantum Physics.

The School of Mathematics and Physics has a total of 110 full-time academic staff members, and 21 professional staff who provide professional, technical and administrative support. The School teaches a comprehensive undergraduate program in physics, as well as performing service teaching for students of engineering and the life sciences. There is also an extensive postgraduate research program, which currently has more than one hundred Research Higher Degree students enrolled.

A PhD opportunity is available for a student with a relevant Honours/Masters degree to join the Bowen Research Group at The University of Queensland. The successful candidate will be enrolled in a higher degree (PhD) by research at the University of Queensland and contribute to a research project in the field of laser observation and control of superfluid physics.

Domestic and international applicants are welcome to apply. Proposed start date of March 1, 2018.

Applicants must meet the University of Queensland’s requirements for entry to the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) program, including English Language Proficiency (ELP) requirements, detailed at

A PhD project is available in the field of laser observation and control of superfluid physics.

Background: Superfluid helium is a strongly interacting quantum fluid with counter-intuitive behaviour such as flow without dissipation, the ability to flow up walls and quantised angular momentum. It has many potential applications in quantum-enhanced sensing and quantum computing. Most recently, theoretical research on the topological properties of two dimensional superfluid helium has been awarded the 2016 Nobel Prize in Physics. In our laboratory, we have developed new laser-based on-chip nanophotonic techniques to observe and control two dimensional superfluid helium at microscale, including the first demonstration of laser cooling of any liquid and the first real-time observation of thermally driven dynamics of phonons within the fluid. This combination of superfluid physics with nanophotonics provides a previously unprecedented ability to engineer the behaviour of superfluid helium, opening up the prospect of a range of new applications in quantum technology. Furthermore, it provides the possibility to directly confirm, for the first time, the existence quantised vortices in two dimensional helium-the basis of the 2016 Nobel Prize - and to experimentally explore the fundamental quantum hydrodynamics of a strongly interacting quantum fluid. PhD projects are available in both areas. Experience/interest in laser-based measurements, micro-/nanofabrication/cryogenics, cavity optomechanics and/or quantum condensed matter physics would be an advantage.

Successful applicants will receive a tax-free stipend to cover living expenses up to $27,082 and will also be eligible to apply for funds through the School to support conference and research travel up to $4000.

To apply for EOI please contact Professor Warwick Bowen in the first instance. You may then be asked to provide the following documentation: Cover letter, Complete Tertiary Academic Records (with grades/GPA scores, and official grading scale details), and detailed Academic Resume/CV.

Please note the different EOI closing dates below for international and domestic candidates leading up to the UQ Graduate School research higher degree application and scholarship round timelines as advertised on their website:

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