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:

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

One fellowship with the Dublin team has become available!


One PhD position is available in Lattice Field Theory as part of the EuroPLEx network (europlex.unipr.it).

The fellowship is available at the School of Mathematics at Trinity College Dublin under the supervision of Prof. M. Peardon. The project will be performed in collaboration with Prof. M. Marinkovic at the Ludwig Maximilian University (LMU) in Munich, who will provide additional supervision.

The PhD project will be concerned with one of the most prominent quantities in the pursuit of new physics beyond the Standard Model (SM): the anomalous magnetic moment of the muon (muon g–2).

Currently there is an intriguing three-standard-deviation difference between the best measurement of g–2 for the muon and the SM prediction, where the theoretical uncertainty is dominated by hadronic contributions. Ongoing efforts at Fermilab and J–PARC experiments plan to reduce the experimental uncertainty by a factor of four, and a comparable improvement of the SM theory precision is essential in order to fully exploit the expected greater precision of experimental results. The main aim of this project will be to improve precision in the current lattice QCD estimate of the leading hadronic contribution to the muon g-2, by controlling the uncertainties related to the fact that the simulated system is confined to a finite space-time box. This will be achieved through a state-of-the lattice determination of the pion form factor using the sophisticated noise-reduction technology pioneered by the Dublin group. Secondment and frequent visits to LMU Munich are envisaged.

The deadline for applications is the 25th of October, 2019 — late applications will be considered until the position is filled. The expected start date is flexible and on the 1st of January, 2020 at the latest.

The postgraduate fellowship is funded by the European Union H2020 programme through the European network for Particle physics, Lattice field theory and Extreme computing (EuroPLEx), the recently approved Marie Skłodowska-Curie Innovative Training Network (MSCA-ITN). The Europlex network involves leading European Lattice Field Theory groups based at the following institutions: (Denmark) Syddansk University, (Germany) University of Bielefeld, University of Regensburg, Humboldt University Berlin, (Ireland) Trinity College Dublin, (Italy) University of Parma, (Spain) Autonomous University Madrid (UAM), (UK) University of Edinburgh and Swansea University.

The research performed within the network aims to
– Perform precision tests of the Standard Model.
– Investigate Beyond the Standard Model candidate theories.
– Probe the QCD phase diagram.
– Non-perturbatively study theoretical aspects of Quantum Field Theories.
The research provides a solid training in the analytical skills needed in quantum field theory and in particle physics phenomenology, as well as in high performance computing and in software development.

The fellowships are funded for up to three years with a salary corresponding to an early stage researcher (ESR) position with the gross monthly living allowance of 3,270 EUR per month modified by the EU correction coefficient for the country of recruitment. In addition, a mobility allowance of 600 EUR per month will be paid, and, depending on marital status, possibly another 500 EUR per month of family allowance. The ESR salary is subject to local tax, social benefit and other deductions which differ widely between countries and may be substantial (above 40%).

Candidates are expected to have a very good Masters degree in Physics or related areas at the time of the commencement of employment. They must be eligible under the H2020 ITN mobility rules, specifically, the researcher cannot have resided or carried out his/her main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the country of the recruiting institution for more than 12 months in the three years immediately before the recruitment date (see the H2020 guide for applicants).

Please direct informal enquiries or your complete application (CV, description of research interests and, if applicable, list of publications) by e-mail to europlex@fis.unipr.itTwo letters of recommendation should be sent to the same address (by the referees directly).

The network is strongly committed to equal opportunity and diversity.


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 (UE reg. 2016/679) and Italian DL 196/2003.




Odense position (and related communications – archived)

The position in Odense has been assigned.

Second call (and related communications – archived)

All positions but one have been assigned: the SECOND CALL is now CLOSED and applications are only accepted to fill the position in Odense.


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, 17-20 September 2019)
  • Summer School (Scotland, summer 2020)
  • Progress Workshop (Dublin, fall/winter 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