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 the EuroPLEx 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.

To taste the flavour of our Physics program see

EuroPLEX Working Packages,  the   PhD Projects of our Fellows
and Publications.

PhD calls


NEW! A PhD position is available at CP3-Origins in Odense
(deadline on March 23,  2021).


Dublin position (and related communications – archived)
The position in Dublin has been assigned and this call is CLOSED.


Odense position (and related communications – archived)
The position in Odense has been assigned and this call is CLOSED.


Second call (and related communications – archived)
All positions  have been assigned and this call is CLOSED.


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 this call is CLOSED.  


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.




The Summer School in Edinburgh originally scheduled for summer 2020 has been postponed by one year with respect to the original schedule due to Covid-19 pandemic emergency measures. Consequently the second  Summer School  (Benasque) scheduled for summer 2021 has been postponed by one year too. For the same reason as above the Progress Workshop in Dublin scheduled for the autumn 2020 is held as an online event.


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