EuroPLEx (European network for Particle physics, Lattice field theory and Extreme computing) is a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Innovative Training Network funded by the European Commission under the H2020 program.

Our mission is to train 15 Early Stage Researchers (ESRs) who will
be enrolled in the PhD programs of the 9 participating institutions:

  • University of Parma (coordinator)
  • Humboldt University Berlin
  • Bielefeld University
  • Trinity College Dublin
  • The University of Edinburgh
  • Universidad Autonoma de Madrid
  • University of Southern Denmark
  • University of Regensburg
  • Swansea University

The project

EuroPLEx will provide a stimulating and fertile environment to train a new generation of researchers in Theoretical Particle Physics, equipped with all the analytical and computational skills that are distinctive of the field of Lattice QCD. The main core of EuroPLEx research aims at a deeper understanding of strongly interacting matter. This will be pursued by numerical simulations of the underlying fundamental theories, including mainly (but not only) QCD.

EuroPLEx will enable a solid comparison of forthcoming experimental results from high-energy experiments (e.g. those of LHC Run-2 at CERN) to our best theoretical understanding. Precision tests of the Standard Model will mark the perimeter of what our current theoretical understanding can describe, as opposed to what hints at New Physics. Moreover, EuroPLEx will also directly tackle the study of Beyond the Standard Model candidate theories.

EuroPLEx will confront the theoretical and computational challenges of describing matter under the extreme conditions of high temperature and density, aiming at a picture of the so far elusive QCD phase diagram.

Finally, EuroPLEx will explore subjects at the interface between non-perturbative Quantum Field Theory and theoretical scenarios like those put forward by Resurgence or String Theory, interacting with theorists interested in the amazing capabilities of lattice field theories as a theoretical laboratory.

ESRs hired in EuroPLEx will be part of research projects in which advanced theoretical physics meets algorithmic studies and hardware-aware software developments.

Research and training capabilities are strengthened by partners from both experimental physics and industry. EuroPLEx training will benefit from collaborating with partners in many respects, building on solid experience in hardware codesign, software innovation, massive data treatment and Data Science, all ubiquitous outside academia in any kind of consulting, modelling and most fields of IT industry.

EuroPLEX Partners


To taste the flavour of our Physics program see

EuroPLEX Working Packages

Available PhD positions

Second call

Deadline on the 22nd of February  

Description of projects in the second call

  • Humbolt University, BerlinStudy of Green-Schwarz superstring sigma-models on the lattice to verify AdS/CFT correspondence — Supervisor: Valentina Forini
  • The University of Edinburgh: High-precision description of unstable hadrons through lattice simulations — SupervisorsAntonin Portelli, Peter Boyle
  • The University of EdinburghStudy of SU(4) gauge theory with fermions in multiple representations — Supervisor: Luigi Del Debbio
  • Autonomous University of Madrid: Approaching the b-quark sector in decays of heavy-light mesons — Supervisor: Carlos Pena
  • Autonomous University of Madrid: Computing the meson spectra and other observables for large N gauge theories — Supervisors: Margarita Garcia Perez, Antonio González-Arroyo
  • South Denmark UniversityStudy of the SU(2) model for new extensions of the SM based on composite dynamics — Supervisor: Claudio Pica
  • Swansea University: Phase structure of hot and dense systems: a machine learning approach — Supervisors: Gert Aarts, Biagio Lucini


First call (and related communications – archived)

All positions have been assigned and the FIRST CALL is now CLOSED.  

Description of projects in the first call

  • Humbolt University, Berlin: Applicability of the weak coupling expansion in QCD — Supervisor: Rainer Sommer
  • University of Bielefeld: Freezeout-conditions in heavy ion collisions — Supervisors: Christian Schmidt, Frithjof Karsch
  • Trinity College Dublin: High-precision calculations using local realisation of QED+QCD on the lattice —  Supervisor: Marina Marinković
  • Trinity College Dublin: Precision quark mass renormalization and the gradient flow —  Supervisor: Stefan Sint
  • University of ParmaThimble regularisation of Lattice Gauge Theories — Supervisor: Francesco Di Renzo
  • University of ParmaPhase structure of quantum gauge theories on compact manifolds at finite temperature — Supervisor: Luca Griguolo
  • University of RegensburgNucleon form factors for neutrino experiments — Supervisor: Gunnar Bali
  • University of Regensburg: Matrix elements for the direct detection of dark matter — Supervisor: Sara Collins



Information provided by the applicants will be used and processed for
the purpose of recruiting and selecting the EuroPLEx fellows in
compliance with the provisions of GDPR (EU reg. 2016/679) and Italian
DL 196/2003.


  • Opening Workshop (Parma, September 2019)
  • Summer School, followed by a Workshop (Edinburgh, summer 2020)
  • Progress Workshop (Dublin, fall 2020)
  • Summer School (Madrid, summer 2021)
  • Progress Workshop (Odense, spring 2022)
  • International Conference (Berlin, fall 2022)


To enquire about available PhD positions

europlex AT fis.unipr.it



Prof Francesco Di Renzo  (scientific coordinator)

Dipartimento di Scienze Matematiche, Fisiche e Informatiche Università diParma

Parco Area delle Scienze 7/A I-43121 PARMA (ITA)

francesco.direnzo AT unipr.it