Statistical Physics, together with Quantum Mechanics, is the pillar of our understanding of many physical phenomena, from the simplest to the most sophisticated. The field has recently witnessed a significant and impressive outpouring of experimental and theoretical results, which have created an ideal physicist’s playground.
Statistical Physics addresses, for instance, crucial questions about the nature of phase transitions and predicts the possibility to forge new states of matter, such as Bose-Einstein condensation in ultra-cold gases. At the same time, it provides a vital source of fresh ideas and inspiration for those who work in more theoretical directions. Its attraction lies in its ability to produce an array of sophisticated analytical and conceptual tools with far-reaching applications. The remarkable blend of mathematical and physical ideas is at the root of the outstanding scientific elegance and extraordinary efficiency characterizing this scientific area.
Thanks to an intense activity of postgraduate courses, weekly seminars, colloquia and journal club meetings, the Ph.D. programme aims at providing students with aims at training students to a complete mastery of the scientific methods of Statistical Physics and exposing them to research topics which are currently at the frontier of this field, such as:
Quantum Field Theory
Exactly Solvable Models
Ultra-cold atomic gases
Quantum spin chains
Physics out of equilibrium and thermalization properties
Quantum quench and entanglement
Conformal Field Theory
The most recent placements after Ph.D. at SISSA:
Rockefeller Foundation, New York, USA
Rutgers University, Rutgers, USA
Nordita, Stockholm, Sweden
Max Planck Institute, Munich, Germany
Institute of Complex Systems, Santa Fe, USA
Ecole Normale Superieure, Paris, France
Max Planck Institute, Dresden, Germany
Institute of Quantum Optics, Barcelona, Spain
CEA, Saclay, France
C.N. Yang Institute for Theoretical Physics, Stony Brook, USA
Ph.D. Fellowships at SISSA
The International School for Advanced Studies (SISSA) welcomes applications for Ph.D. fellowships in Statistical Physics for the academic year 2016/2017. The students are selected through an oral exam held at SISSA, Trieste (Italy). There are two sessions, one in April and one in October, with application deadlines usually the month before. Candidates are entitled to reimbursement of travel expenses.