The Chair of Theoretical Physics II at the Faculty of Physics and Astronomy is looking for a 

PhD Researcher (m,f,x) in theoretical nuclear physics for 3 years with 26,2878 hours per week, TV-L E13

The Institut of Theoretical Physics II invites outstanding candidates to apply for a PhD researcher position for the theoretical research in the field of few-body physics.

The position will be embedded in the ERATO Collaborative Research Project Project between Ruhr University Bochum and Tokyo Institute of Technology, funded by the Japan Science and Technology Agency. The PhD project is devoted to theoretical research in the areas of (hyper-) nuclear forces and few-body dynamics in the framework of Faddeev-Yakubovsky equations. Tasks include the development of hyperon-nucleon interactions using chiral effective field theory as well as performing computational studies of three- and four-body scattering.

extent: part-time
duration: temporary
beginning: as soon as possible
application deadline: 28.07.2024

Your tasks:

  • develop nucleon-nucleon and hyperon-nucleon potentials in the framework of chiral effective field theory, which will be suitable for applications using the variational Gaussian Expansion Method
  • work towards the numerical solution of the Faddeev-Yakubovsky equations for four-nucleon scattering

Your profile:

  • a completed M.S. degree in physics with excellent grades
  • strong background in theoretical nuclear physics, ideally also in few-body physics
  • experience in the development and implementation of algorithms (ideally using Fortran and Python)
  • interest and preferrably experience in computational physics
  • proven analytic skills
  • keen and willing to work in a competitive international environment
  • oral and written proficiency in English
  • motivated to organize and write scientific documents describing the work

Our offerings:

  • support from and cooperation with competent colleagues
  • team-orientated cooperation in a committed, international and appreciative team
  • a modern, well-equipped workplace
  • fair working hours and family-friendly working
  • extensive training and further education opportunities

Additional information:

At the request of the applicant (m,f,x), the staff council may be involved in selection interviews.

If the position is funded by third-party funds the employee has no teaching obligation.

German language courses are offered by the University Language Center (ZfA) in the field of German as a Foreign Language (DaF).

You can find information about TVL at:

The Ruhr-Universität Bochum is one of Germany’s leading research universities, addressing the whole range of academic disciplines. A highly dynamic setting enables researchers and students to work across the traditional boundaries of academic subjects and faculties. To create knowledge networks within and beyond the university is RUB’s declared aim.

The Ruhr-Universität Bochum stands for diversity and equal opportunities. For this reason, we favour a working environment composed of heterogeneous teams, and seek to promote the careers of individuals who are underrepresented in our respective professional areas. The Ruhr-Universität Bochum expressly requests job applications from women. In areas in which they are underrepresented they will be given preference in the case of equivalent qualifications with male candidates. Applications from individuals with disabilities are most welcome.

Contact details for your application:

Prof. Dr. Evgeny Epelbaum, Phone: +49234 32 28707

Travel expenses for interviews cannot be refunded.

For information on the collection of personal data in the application process see:

We are looking forward to receiving your application with the specification ANR: 3389 until 28.07.2024, send by e-mail to the following address:

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