I have a fully funded (by EPSRC) PhD studentship available with project title The mathematics of exotic phases: fractons, with a start in July or October 2023. This studentship is part of the Quantum Materials Interdisciplinary Doctoral Training Hub. This is a project in mathematical physics: you will be based in the School of Mathematics at Cardiff University, but there will be plenty of opportunity to interact with physicists. In particular, the second supervisor is Felix Flicker. Interested students with a background in mathematics, theoretical physics, or a closely related

The goal of the project is to study exotic phases of matter, in particular those which have fractonic excitations from an operator-algebraic point of view. This builds on previous successes for the study of topologically ordered phases, and anyons in particular. More details about the project and information regarding the position can be found on the FindAPhD website. For more information feel free to contact me.

How to apply

Please read the information on the FindAPhD website for all information around the project and application procedure. Applicants should apply through the Cardiff University online application portal on the following website:


Choose “Doctor of Philosophy in Mathematics” with an entry point of June 2023 or October 2023 in the box on the right hand side. In the research proposal section of your application, please specify the project title supervisors of this project. In the funding section, please specify that you are applying for advertised funding from the EPSRC-funded QuMat IDTH. Please include the following in your application:

The deadline for applications is 27 January 2023. We hope to be able to interview shortlisted candidates not long after that.