Job Opportunities

Postdoctoral scholarships UFRN-Serrapilheira

We are offering up to 3 postdoc scholarships for talented and motivated candidates in Prof. Tommaso Macrì's group at UFRN (

The duration of the scholarship can vary between 12 and 24 months depending on the candidate's performance. The candidate must have experience in atomic, molecular and optical physics, statistical physics, or condensed matter theory. The grants are financed by a prestigious Serrapilheira grant, which was recently awarded to the group leader.

Applications will be open until all vacancies are filled. Priority will be given to applications submitted by April 1, 2021. All qualified candidates, particularly women and other underrepresented groups, are encouraged to apply.

Interested applicants should contact Prof. Tommaso Macrì ( attaching their resumes.

New Serrapilheira grant 2021-2024

Tommaso received a prestigious Serrapilheira research grant for the period 2021-2024. The funding will be used to generate new opportunities within our group and build new collaborations. Check our job opportunities page for information about current openings. Stay tuned!

Opportunities for masters and PhD fellowships

Graduate Students must apply to the calls of the UFRN Physics Department on Fall and Spring, that are posted in To do so, students must take the EUF Test, available in english, portuguese and spanish (

Undergraduate Students must be admitted in the UFRN Physics program. The process starts by taking the ENEM test (, then applying for the Physics program at UFRN on SISU ( Once admitted, the student should contact Prof. Tommaso Macrì.

For further information contact:


CNPq-SNF Project:
Cavity-assisted pattern recognition (2020-2022)

The ability to distinguish and recognize patterns is at the core of any scientific approach. We want to address this challenge with an approach based on ultra-cold atomic quantum gases in high-finesse optical cavities to create atomic patterns via projected potentials, and to analyze the efficiency of the cavity-assisted pattern recognition. Theoretical efforts will be dedicated to applying numerical and analytical techniques from many-body physics and quantum optics to predict optimal pattern configurations and determine the recognition efficiency.


Prof. Philippe Courteille - USP-São Carlos
Prof. Tobias Donner - ETH, Zurich

Local coordinators:

Prof. Tommaso Macrì - UFRN
Prof. Romain Bachelard - UFSCar

Dynamics and Correlations of Quantum Systems in Low Dimensions (2018-2022)

This project aims at the study of correlated quantum systems in low dimensions in the context of the physics of two-dimensional materials, and of ultracold atomic gases. Its objective is to understand the properties of many bodies with a combined effort of theory and experiments.


Tommaso Macrì - Natal
Cristiane de Morais Smith - Utrecht


Van Sérgio Alves - Belem
Leandro do Nascimento - Belem
Mônica Caracanhas - São Carlos
Emanuel Henn - São Carlos

For more information contact Tommaso Macrì (

Strong Correlations in Cavity and Ion Quantum Simulators (2019-2022)

We investigate genuine quantum correlations in optical cavity and ion quantum simulators from the theoretical and experimental perspectives. We investigate the connection between quantum correlations of two- and three-photons emitted by atomic and ionic systems and their physical properties such as long range interactions and entanglement. This study will help to understand fundamental aspects of quantum simulators and to improve the quantum information area.


Prof. Markus Hennrich - Stockholm
Prof. Celso Villasboas - São Carlos
Prof. Tommaso Macrì - Natal
Prof. Philippe Courteille - São Carlos

For more information contact Tommaso Macrì (

Boundary-conditions-driven Dynamics and Radiation of Cold Atoms (2018-2022)

This project addresses the dynamics and radiation of colds atoms with a special focus on the influence of boundary conditions. We study the fluorescence of atoms close to plasmonic surfaces, the dynamics of topological defects in curved manifolds, and quantum phases of finite optical lattices.


Prof. Axel Pelster (University of Kaiserslautern)
Prof. Philippe Courteille (São Carlos)
Prof. Romain Bachelard (São Carlos)
Prof. Tommaso Macrì (Natal)

For more information contact Tommaso Macrì (