IRTG-Quantum Fields and Strongly Interacting Matter:
From Vacuum to Extreme Density and Temperature Conditions
Universität Bielefeld / Université Paris-Sud XI (Paris VI, Paris VII, Saclay)
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International Research Training Group (IRTG)
Quantum Fields and Strongly Interacting Matter

September 2010

The International Research Training Group (IRTG, Internationales Graduiertenkolleg) is jointly organized by the Physics Department of Bielefeld University and the Laboratoire de Physique Théorique d'Orsay, University Paris-Sud XI. It has recently be extended to include research groups from Finnish universities (Helsinki and Jyväskylä) Further partners are the Universities Paris VI and VII and the Center for Theoretical Physics SPhT of Saclay.

The educational and research program of the IRTG focuses on the properties of elementary particle matter under extreme conditions. Exploiting analytic as well as numerical methods, the IRTG explores

  • the collective behaviour of particle matter at high temperatures and densities,
  • the relation between non-perturbative vacuum properties of quantum field theories and the phase structure of these theories at high temperatures and densities, and
  • the properties of dense matter as it is created in a cosmological and astrophysical context as well as in heavy ion experiments.

Post-graduate students participating in the IRTG study program receive training on and perform research with

  • advanced programming techniques and algorithms developed for dedicated parallel computers to explore non-perturbative aspects of lattice regularized quantum field theories,
  • modern concepts developed to incorporate non-perturbative aspects of quantum field theories and the collective behaviour of elementary particle matter in analytic calculations,
  • applications in astrophysics and cosmology, and heavy ion collision experiments.

Ph.D. student fellowships:
The IRTG invites applications for several fellowships for Ph.D. students at the University of Bielefeld. Fellowships are available immediately . They include a stipend and a travel supplement. Applicants should have a Diploma or an equivalent degree (Master, DEA) in Physics.
The application should contain a cv, a list of publications, a short statement of research interests, copies of academic certificates. Moreover, the applicant should arrange for one letter of recommendation to be sent to the address below.

Until further notice, we continuously accept applications.

Gudrun Eickmeyer
Secretary of IRTG
Universität Bielefeld          
Postfach 10 01 31
33501 Bielefeld
Tel.: +49-521-106- 6224
Fax:  +49-521-106-2961
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