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Dr Gunnar Möller
Royal Society University Research Fellow
Cavendish Laboratory, University of Cambridge
Theory of Condensed Matter Group


Current Opportunities

Open Positions

Please note several opportunities for funded 3-year PhD positions in Computational Condensed Matter Physics and in Artificial Intelligence are currently available in my research group at the University of Kent. Closing date: 8 February 2019. For details, see Open Positions.

Current Group Members


  • Christopher R. Winterowd (at University of Kent), joined January 2017.

  • Yu-Chin Tzeng (at University of Kent), joined November 2018.

Graduate Students

  • Leon Schoonderwoerd (at University of Kent), joined September 2017.

  • John Pooley (at University of Kent), joined September 2018.

Part III Students

None, currently. Please see below for Past members

Current Opportunities

Undergraduate Students

My research sometimes provides opportunities for students, and I have supervised a number of projects for students from Cambridge and abroad, see Past members, below.

Cambridge students: I regularly supervise part III projects. Some current topics are advertised on the departmental site, but feel free to contact me to discuss other opportunities.

Graduate Students

Strong candidates: If you are interested in doing a PhD in my group, please contact me explaining your background (including a CV) and interests in order to discuss possible projects.

All graduate students need to follow the application procedure outlined in the Graduate Admissions web page of the Physics Department, and indicate your preference of supervisor on the form. Depending on your situation, different funding options may be available. Please consult the departmental graduate website for further information about procedures and deadlines. In particular, note that there is an early deadline for university scholarships for overseas (i.e., non UK/EU) students, typically in early december. College scholarships may have varying deadlines. Please consult the departmental funding information, and the Cambridge trust funding database for further details.

Postdoctoral Positions

If you are looking for postdoc opportunities, and are interested in joining my group, you may be able to do so with a personal fellowship. Please consult the following list of fellowships in Cambridge as well as in the UK in general. These fellowships are rather competitive and often require the explicit support of a host institution. If you feel qualified to apply and would like to discuss, please contact me.
  • the Cambridge College Junior Research Fellowships (JRF). Different Colleges advertise them at different times, generally between August and February. Adverts can be found on the Cambridge College Job listing, or you can use a web search engine). Conditions of employment vary from college to college, so please consult the individual listing carefully to ensure that physicists can apply. Please note that the advertised stipends are typically in addition to free accommodation and meals

    In particular, the Joint Application Scheme for Junior Research Fellowships includes positions at Trinity Hall, my college.

  • the EPSRC fellowships can be held as 3 year postdoctoral grants, or 5 year early career positions (see below)

  • the ERC Marie Curie Actions provide up to two years of support when moving to the UK; these fellowships are available at any career stage

  • the Research Fellowships in Science and Engineering from the Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851

  • the Leverhume Trust Early Career Fellowship (3 years) — if you think about applying, be aware that you will also need to acquire matching funding, which may be offered through the Newton Trust via a separate application (deadline announced early on in the academic year).

  • the Newton International Fellowships (2 years), for non-UK candidates to conduct research in the UK (i.e., who want to move to the UK)

For more advanced researchers, there are further opportunities to build their own groups with the following fellowships:

Past Group Members

Graduate Students

Master's students:

  • Christopher Thomas Zambelli (2016/17), for a part III project on quantum Hall bilayer systems.

  • Benjamin Huddard (2015/16), for a part III project on fractional Chern insulators.

  • Jingping Li (2015/16), for a part III project on flat band models with higher Chern numbers.

  • Jedrzej Wieteska, part III project on charging dynamics of battery electrodes (2014-15, and summer 2015), in collaboration with Prof. Peter Littlewood. He is currently pursuing a PhD at Columbia University in the group of Andrew Millis.

  • Ariane Carrance, May-July 2014, currently completing her Master's degree at Ecole Normale Supérieure, Paris.

  • Lars Schonenberg, graduate student in TCM, partly under my supervision.

  • Daniel Rowlands (2013-14), continuing as a graduate student in TCM, partly under my supervision.

  • Ian van Beek (2013-14), now graduate student at the University of St Andrews, Scotland.

  • Mathieu Fechant (2013), currently completing his Master's degree at Ecole Normale Supérieure, Paris.

  • Thomas Scaffidi (2012), now graduate student with Steven H. Simon at Oxford University.

  • Tom Price (2011-12), now graduate student with Austen Lamacraft in TCM.

  • Stephen Begley (2009-10), now graduate student in the AMO physics group at Sussex University.

Undergraduate students:

  • Jedrzej Wieteska (summer 2012, 2013), summer project on Gutzwiller wavefunctions for supersolid phases, continuing as a Master student in my group.