Ultracold Transport and Thermalisation in Dual Bose-Einstein Condensates - PhD Scholarship


Enrolment status New students
Student type Domestic students, International students
Level of study Higher Degree by Research
Study area Science and Mathematics
HDR funding type Living stipend scholarship, Top-up Scholarship
Scholarship value $28,092 per annum tax free (2020 rate), indexed annually., $5,000 top-up per annum, single overseas student health cover (if the successful applicant is an international student).
Scholarship duration Three years with the possibility of two 6-month extensions in approved circumstances.
Opening date 3 September 2019
Closing date 29 September 2019

Scholarship description

By lowering the temperature of an ultracold gas of 87Rb and 41K atoms, a novel state of matter known as a Bose-Einstein Condensate (BEC) is produced. These atoms are then loaded into a configurable optical potential created by a digital micromirror device (DMD). The aim of this project is to study transport phenomena, phase transition dynamics, and thermalisation of quantum systems - all promising areas of active research.

This experimental project will allow for the development of diverse and transferable skills, including electronic and optical design, experimental system design and implementation, software design, and data analysis. This project will also allow for attendance of related international workshops and conferences.  There will also be the opportunity to interact with other projects within EQUS, as well as the theoretical quantum atom optics group at the University of Queensland.

Students will enrol through the School of Mathematics and Physics.

Learn more about The University of Queensland Bose-Einstein Condensation Laboratory.


To be eligible, you must meet the entry requirements for a higher degree by research.

Applications are closed.

Before you apply

If this scholarship has rules, download and read them before applying.

How to apply

To apply for admission and scholarship, follow the link on the upper right of this page. There is no separate application for scholarship because you will have the opportunity to request scholarship consideration on the application for admission.

Prior to applying, check your eligibility and prepare your documentation.

You should also contact Professor Halina Rubinsztein-Dunlop (halina@physics.uq.edu.au) to discuss your suitability for this scholarship prior to submitting an application.

Please ensure that you

  1. select 'I am applying for, or have been awarded a scholarship or sponsorship'
  2. enter in the free-text field ‘DBEC'
  3. list the enrolling unit as the School of Mathematics and Physics
  4. enter Professor Halina Rubinsztein-Dunlop as your supervisor

Selection criteria

The candidate should have a masters or honours-equivalent degree in Physics/Optics or closely related fields, including a significant research component. In particular, coursework in quantum optics and condensed matter is highly valued. Previous laboratory experience in an ultracold atoms lab and/or publications are highly desired.

The ideal candidate will be able to communicate effectively and actively participate in weekly group meetings and journal club presentations as well as physics seminars and colloquia.

Applications are closed.


Professor Halina Rubinsztein-Dunlop
+61 7 3365 3139
Applications are closed.

Terms and conditions

Read the policy on UQ Research Scholarships.

A domestic part-time student with carer’s responsibilities, a medical condition or a disability, which prevents them from studying full time may be eligible for scholarship consideration, on a case by case basis.

Applications are closed.