Postgraduate Studies

Last updated February 14, 2019 by Ian Stewart

Proposed Research Projects

We are happy to receive applications from people wishing to undertake a PhD. Full funding (stipend and tuition fees) would be available for a number of UK nationals or EU nationals (who have lived in the UK for over 3 years prior to their application, unless otherwise stated). The closing date is 5PM(GMT) on 22nd Februrary 2019.  All research projects are subject to availability and due to commence in October 2019.

For further information, please contact the supervisors of the Projects listed below or Prof. M Paternostro

This project will be prioritised for funding.

Attosecond Spin-Orbit Spectroscopy
Supervisors: Dr. A. Brown; Prof H. van der Hart

Funding has already been secured for these two projects (No residency requirement for EU nationals).

Development of many-body-theory methods for positron-atom interactions
Supervisors: Dr D. Green; Dr G. Gribakin
Many-body theory of positron interactions with molecules/condensed matter
Supervisors: Dr D. Green; Dr G. Gribakin; Dr M. Grüning

The following projects are also available.

Propagating Uncertainty in R-matrix calculations through to plasma diagnostics
Supervisors: Dr C. Ballance; Dr C. Ramsbottom
Heat transport in quantum devices
Supervisors: Dr G. De Chiara
Universal resources for quantum information processing
Supervisors: Dr A. Ferraro; Prof M. Paternostro; Dr M. Paris (UniMi)
Quantum-data analysis for quantum technologies
Supervisors: Dr A. Ferraro; Prof M. Paternostro
Quantum chaos in multicharged positive ions
Supervisors: Dr G. Gribakin; Dr C. Ballance
Positron binding and annihilation in molecules
Supervisors:Dr G. Gribakin; Dr A. Swann; Dr D. Green


The school of Mathematics and Physics has a number of fully-funded studentships available to the UK students and EU students who have completed their undergraduate studies in the UK. Apart from these, a small amount of support is available through a Purser studentship.

Please note that we will not be able to accept applications that do not follow the required procedures/forms.

For further information, please contact

Dr M. Paternostro
Centre for Theoretical Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics
The School of Mathematics and Physics
Old Physics Building
The Queen’s University of Belfast
Belfast BT7 1NN
Northern Ireland
United Kingdom

Telephone: +44 (0)28 9097 1928 Direct Line


We are a Research Cluster of the School of Mathematics and Physics at Queen’s University Belfast in Northern Ireland. Our research interests are focused primarily on computational and theoretical physics.

Old Physics Building

The Old Physics Building,
where CTAMOP is situated.