Thursday, November 08, 2018

I'm hiring: Postdoc In Quantum Foundations in Frankfurt, Germany

I am looking for a postdoctoral researcher to join me and my small group at the Frankfurt Institute for Advanced Studies for a project in quantum foundations.

This postdoc position is a two year scholarship supported by the Franklin Fetzer Fund. The research project-bound, ie the candidate will work on a particular topic under my supervision. The position comes with a modest travel budget.

Applicants should have a background in quantum foundations or quantum information, especially path integral formalism and decoherence theory. Applications should contain a CV, a list of publications, and at least 2 letters of recommendations. Documents should be sent by email to hossi@fias.uni-frankfurt.de with the subject “Postdoc 2018”.

The application deadline is December 7th, 2018.

The Frankfurt Institute for Advanced Studies is a non-profit research organization located on the North campus of the JW-Goethe University in Frankfurt, Germany. It is an international think-tank that collects researchers pursuing a large variety of topics ranging from physics to neuroscience to economics. The building is new, the people are friendly, and I am not remotely as terrible as they told you.

Further questions should be directed to hossi@fias-uni-frankfurt.de.

16 comments:

Lindsay Forbes said...

I wish, but Hons Chem 1972 won't do. Good luck

Uncle Al said...

Godspeed. Bee. What Officially clever people would not allow you created for yourself by being better. Make physics great again.

John Duffield said...

Very good Sabine. I hope you pick the right person and s/he does a good job...

Note however that soon you vill verk on a particular topic under my supervision!

neo said...

"The research project-bound, ie the candidate will work on a particular topic under my supervision."

can you say what this particular topic is?

Enrico said...

Why don’t you ask Dr. Joy Christian? He’s an expert on quantum foundations. Maybe he can divide his time between Oxford and Frankfurt, and be a visiting researcher at FIAS.

When I hear scientists shout heresy, I immediately know they are not talking about science. There’s no heresy in science because there’s no dogma in science. Heresy and dogma apply only to religions, ideologies and cults. As for crazy ideas, are the Copenhagen and the Many-Worlds interpretations not crazy enough?

Phillip Helbig said...

"Why don’t you ask Dr. Joy Christian? He’s an expert on quantum foundations. Maybe he can divide his time between Oxford and Frankfurt, and be a visiting researcher at FIAS."

The last time I checked, "Oxford", in connection with Joy Christian, is not the University of Oxford. Brummie bass player Dave Pegg sometimes introduces songs beginning with "when I was at Birmingham University", later to reveal that he was playing a gig, or taking out the rubbish. :-)

I'm sure that Joy has enough to do running his own institute. :-|

David Bailey said...

I graduated one year earlier than Lindsay Forbes (above) - also in chemistry - so I am not going to apply (!!), but I would love you to write about your ideas about this subject, because it always seemed to me that QM is so profound that it seems a shame the frontier of physics has moved to other issues. Since I left science there have been a variety of experiments - such as the various entanglement experiments, and later variants. These all (I think) confirm QM - which is amazing precisely because the theory itself is so extraordinary. Since I don't like the idea of the Many Worlds proposal, I wonder if there is still any credence to the idea that the wave function is really collapsed by consciousness?

Sabine Hossenfelder said...

David, neo,

I will write about it eventually.

Theophanes Raptis said...

Wouldn't it be interesting to hire one of the "Infinitely Wise" Amazon's algorithms?

Rolf said...

Sabine,

Would you have applied to a
job offer that tells you:
"you will be required to work under my supervision on a topic
that I will disclose only later."?

Correct me if I am wrong: as far as I
can see you published a single paper
on quantum foundations 7 years ago
(in a journal and a conference version).
This paper did not deal with decoherence and/or
path integrals.

What is your qualification as "supervisor"
of an post-doc expert for such a project?

Sabine Hossenfelder said...

Rolf,

What is your qualification to judge me, my research, or my supervision skills? None of this is any of your business. Your comment - hidden behind a pseudonym - is ill-informed, disrespectful, and condescending. I sincerely hope you are not a professional scientist. If you have anything more to say, sign with your name.

Enrico said...

@Philip

“The last time I checked, "Oxford", in connection with Joy Christian, is not the University of Oxford.”

He was a Fellow at Oxford University. PhD in Physics from Boston University. Visiting Professor at Perimeter Institute. Recently published a paper in a journal of the Royal Society. You mean the Royal Society now publishes crackpot papers?

I’m sure you have better credentials than Dr. Crackpot

tytung said...

Just curious, may I know which particular topic is the project about? Thanks.

Phillip Helbig said...

"He was a Fellow at Oxford University. PhD in Physics from Boston University. Visiting Professor at Perimeter Institute. Recently published a paper in a journal of the Royal Society. You mean the Royal Society now publishes crackpot papers?"

Strange that it is you, not I, who mentions "crackpot" with respect to Christian.

But since you asked, I will point you to an answer to your question.

"I’m sure you have better credentials than Dr. Crackpot"

It is an old rule of logic that the competence of the speaker is independent of the truth of the statement. The biggest fool can say that the Sun will rise tomorrow, but that doesn't make it dark. (For what it's worth, all my publications are in the top journals of the field.)

Enrico said...

@Philip

It’s good you deny Dr. Christian is a crackpot so your comparison of him with a bass player is stupid. If you disagree with his paper, write directly to him and the Royal Society. Linking somebody else’s blog where your comment doesn’t even appear is singing We Are The Champions under a full moon.

I said you have better credentials than a crackpot and you disagree with me and imply you are the biggest fool who say the sun will rise tomorrow. That’s strange but I believe you.

Phillip Helbig said...

"It’s good you deny Dr. Christian is a crackpot".

First you implied that I called him a crackpot when I hadn't, now you claim that I deny that he is a crackpot. Read what I write and don't put words in my mouth.

"so your comparison of him with a bass player is stupid"

I would never offend a bass player by comparing him to a crackpot. :-)

" If you disagree with his paper, write directly to him and the Royal Society."

Even just on the internet, one can find a huge amount of information rebutting his claims. It is clear that he doesn't understand the rebuttals or ignores them. So why should I waste my time writing to him?

As for the journal, the review process, which in this case is actually publicly available, is obviously lacking. There are many journals in the world which have low standards. Why do they survive? Because there are people who count papers or pages with no regard for quality. Because most of them are pay-to-publish journals (in the book trade, this is known as vanity publishing). Again, writing to them and complaining would be like writing to Donald Trump and telling him that human-caused global warming is not fake news. I have better things to do with my time.

Occasionally, bad papers get published in otherwise good journals. Sometimes the journal realizes that something went wrong. There have been a few prominent cases of retraction; the Bogdanov brothers spring to mind, but also a case involving Joy Christian and Annals of Physics (not to be confused with Annalen der Physik). Probably not coincidentally, Annals of Physics is published by Elsevier, which has had many, many problems of quality control in the last few years (on top of charging way too much for their journals).

It is perhaps mildly surprising that the Royal Society allows its reputation to suffer in this manner.

Look at his ResearchGate profile and give me an honest opinion as to whether his list of affiliations a) is correct or b) is intentionally worded to create the impression of something other than reality.