Piotr Sułkowski is a theoretical physicist, an associate professor and a leader of a research group at the Faculty of Physics, University of Warsaw (Poland), and a visiting faculty at the California Institute of Technology (USA). His research interests include mathematical physics, quantum field theory and string theory, and occasionally biophysics. He is also involved is science popularization.
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In the autumn 2018 we have several openings for postdocs and PhD students, in ERC and Team grants – for details see below ("Positions available").
Good summer news: "Team" grant for research on "Random matrix models" from the Foundation for Polish Science!
Ile wymiarów ma Wszechświat? Czym są czasoprzestrzeń, kwanty, struny? O tym w Kawiarni Naukowej Festiwalu Nauki (19 lutego 2018) oraz na wykładzie Polskiego Towarzystwa Fizycznego w Szczecinie (11 czerwca 2018).
"Topological recursion" [pdf] – a snapshot of modern mathematics from Oberwolfach (Imaginary).
Meetings not to be missed: "Quantum knot homology and supersymmetric gauge theories" (Aspen Center for Physics, March 4-10, 2018), "Categorification in mathematical physics" (Simons Center for Geometry and Physics, Stony Brook, USA, April 9-13, 2018), "Quantum fields, knots, and strings" (University of Warsaw, September 25-28, 2018) and "Quantum knot invariants and supersymmetric gauge theories" (Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics, University of California Santa Barbara, USA, November 5 – December 14, 2018).
Our colloquium "The Algebra & Geometry of Modern Physics" this year will be devoted to supersymmetry and index theorems. Everyone is welcome!
This Fall (2017) members of our group are conquering the world with new postdoc positions. Piotr Kucharski, after a year in Uppsala University, will move to the California Institute of Technology (under Mobilność Plus grant). Masahide Manabe is moving to the Max Planck Institute for Mathematics in Bonn, and Junya Yagi to the Perimeter Institute. Congratulations!
On September 13, 2017, Piotr Kucharski defended his PhD thesis. This summer also Paweł Smoliński defended MSc. thesis, and Tomasz Linowski and Artur Strąg obtained BSc. degrees. Congratulations!
August 2017: Polish Physical Society – science popularization prize and Ernst medal.
May 2017: Paweł Ciosmak and Jakub Jankowski won Preludium and Sonata grants from the National Science Centre to conduct research in our group. Congratulations!
Rozmowa z okazji 25-lecia FNP: "Ważne fizyków rozmowy"
Science popularization prize for Piotr Sułkowski and the Faculty of Physics.
Polish Academy of Sciences Stefan Pieńkowski Prize.
The movie made by the Press Office at the University of Warsaw for the Seeking Inspiration? Choose University of Warsaw campaign
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Spotkanie z Hubertem Czerepokiem i Piotrem Sułkowskim, w ramach tegorocznej edycji projektu Synchronizacja Fundacji "Bęc Zmiana" oraz wystawy ZAPAL SIĘ!, odbędzie się 22 września 2014 r. o godz. 18:00 w Parku Rzeźby wokół Królikarni. Zapraszamy!
A workshop "Quantum curves, Hitchin systems, and the Eynard-Orantin theory" will take place at the American Institute for Mathematics, Palo Alto (CA), September 29 - October 3, 2014
"(Introduction to) Topological Field Theory" - a new lecture series in the winter term 2014/2015, Tuesdays, 16:15-18:00, lecture room C223 (Faculty of Physics, ul. Pasteura 5); see also USOSweb and EXAM PROBLEMS AND QUESTIONS
We have launched the "KnotProt: a database of proteins with knots and slipknots"; the accompanying paper has been published in Nucl. Acids. Res.
A new webpage for the project Zapytaj fizyka has just been launched. This is a science popularization project in which we answer intriguing physics questions asked by non-experts. As part of the project we will also organize a series of lectures by famous physicists and science advocates. First lectures are given by prof. Michał Heller (February 26th), dr Stanisław Bajtlik (March 12th), prof. Ryszard Horodecki (April 17th). The lectrues are advertised, among the others in buses, trams, and trains in Warsaw transportation system - be alert!
In January 2015 Prof. Neil Lambert became an affiliated professor at the Faculty of Physics, University of Warsaw; he will be our guest for the next few years. This spring he will give a course on string theory and M-theory - everyone is welcome to attend!
Interview about "Zapytaj fizyka" in TokFM (March 18, 2015)
This week (June 1-5, 2015) the Mathematics and physics of knot homologies conference is taking place, summarizing the whole semester program on these and related topics at the Simons Center for Geometry and Physics.
A promotional movie presenting University of Warsaw has just been released. Zapytaj fizyka shares a few out of its 100 seconds!
Our research and science popularization activites have been awarded by the Award of the City of Warsaw, which is granted to people or teams of people who are of special merit to the City; the awards ceremony took place at the Royal Castle on July 31st, 2015.
Congratulations to Miłosz Panfil, who was awarded (on June 22, 2015) the Fuga postdoctoral grant from the National Science Center and will join our group soon!
Our Advanced School on Topological Quantum Field Theory (Warsaw, December 7-9, 2015) has just been announced!
Our String theory journal club meetings take place (unless otherwise stated) on Wednesdays at 11:00 this academic year (2015/2016)
Paweł Ciosmak, Miłosz Panfil, Junya Yagi joined our group this Fall (2015)
Now we know: quantum curves are singular vectors and BPS spectra can be sequenced!
PAP - Nauka w Polsce (2016): Fizyk rozsupłuje zagadnienia z pogranicza teorii strun i teorii węzłów
A new lecture course in the winter term 2016/2017: Conformal field theory
Helder Larraguivel and Petr Vasko joined our group this autumn (2016)!
Prof. Tomasz Taylor will spend the academic year 2016/2017 at our department as a Fulbright visiting professor. Among other activities he will give a lecture course entitled "Amplitudes" - everyone is encouraged to learn how to compute them!
W radiu TokFM o konferencji "Światy równoległe", działalności "Zapytaj fizyka", i fizyce współczesnej.
A position for a PhD student (from December 2018) is available within the project "Random matrix models: from biomolecules to topological recursions", in the “Team” program funded by the Foundation for Polish Science under the Smart Growth Operational Programme. This is an interdisciplinary project, aiming to develop the theory of matrix models and topological recursions, to understand their role in modern aspects of mathematical physics, and to employ such tools to formulate new topological and combinatorial characteristics of biomolecules. An experience of a candidate in the field of random matrix theory and topological recursions, or theoretical biophysics and various programming techniques, will be an asset. Application documents should include a formal application letter for the position (with scanned signature), “Information on the processing of personal data” (available at http://bsp.adm.uw.edu.pl/bsp/druki-i-formularze/), a curriculum vitae, a list of publications, a statement of research interests, two letters of recommendation, and MSc. diploma (or a formal confirmation of MSc. degree). All documents, preferably in pdf format, should be sent by e-mail to psulkows [at] fuw.edu.pl (with "Team – PhD application" in the subject line). Primary consideration will be given to applications received by October 25th, 2018. Candidates may also be invited for an interview in the second round of applications. All inquiries in regards to this announcement should be sent to Piotr Sułkowski (psulkows [at] fuw.edu.pl).
A two-year postdoctoral position (from December 2018) is available within the project "Random matrix models", in the “Team” program funded by the Foundation for Polish Science under the Smart Growth Operational Programme. This is an interdisciplinary project, aiming to develop the theory of matrix models and topological recursions, to understand their role in modern aspects of mathematical physics, and to employ such tools to formulate new topological and combinatorial characteristics of biomolecules. An experience of a candidate in the field of random matrix theory, topological recursions, and their applications in high energy or mathematical physics will be an asset. A successful candidate should hold the PhD degree not longer than 4 years. Application documents should include a formal application letter for the position (with scanned signature), “Information on the processing of personal data” (available at http://bsp.adm.uw.edu.pl/bsp/druki-i-formularze/), a curriculum vitae, a list of publications, a statement of research interests, two letters of recommendation, and a PhD diploma (or a formal confirmation of PhD degree). All documents, preferably in pdf format, should be sent by e-mail to psulkows [at] fuw.edu.pl (with "Team – postdoc application" in the subject line). Primary consideration will be given to applications received by October 25th, 2018. Candidates may also be invited for an interview in the second round of applications. All inquiries in regards to this announcement should be sent to Piotr Sułkowski (psulkows [at] fuw.edu.pl).
A two-year postdoctoral position (from December 2018) is available within the project "Random matrix models: from biomolecules to topological recursions", in the “Team” program funded by the Foundation for Polish Science under the Smart Growth Operational Programme. This is an interdisciplinary project, aiming to develop the theory of matrix models and topological recursions, and to employ such tools to formulate new topological and combinatorial characteristics of biomolecules. The tasks of a postdoctoral scholar will include developing measures of complexity of biomolecules and using them to characterize and to classify RNA and protein chains; setting up internet tools for such an analysis; supporting design of RNA and RNA-protein nanostructures, also in collaboration with our partner experimental laboratory at the Aarhus University. An experience of a candidate in (theoretical) biophysics and various programming techniques will be an asset. A successful candidate should hold the PhD degree not longer than 4 years. Application documents should include a formal application letter for the position (with scanned signature), “Information on the processing of personal data” (available at http://bsp.adm.uw.edu.pl/bsp/druki-i-formularze/), a curriculum vitae, a list of publications, a statement of research interests, two letters of recommendation, and a PhD diploma (or a formal confirmation of PhD degree). All documents, preferably in pdf format, should be sent by e-mail to psulkows [at] fuw.edu.pl (with "Team – postdoc application" in the subject line). Primary consideration will be given to applications received by October 25th, 2018. Candidates may also be invited for an interview in the second round of applications. All inquiries in regards to this announcement should be sent to Piotr Sułkowski (psulkows [at] fuw.edu.pl).
"Quantum knot homology and supersymmetric gauge theories", Aspen Center for Physics (Aspen, USA), March 4-10, 2018
"Categorification in mathematical physics", Simons Center for Geometry and Physics (Stony Brook, USA), April 9-13, 2018
"6th Workshop on Combinatorics of Moduli Spaces, Cluster Algebra, and Topological Recursion", Moscow (Russia), June 4-9, 2018
"Knots in Gdansk II", University of Gdańsk (Poland), June 14-15, 2018
"Symposium in the memory of Zbigniew Jaskólski", University of Wrocław (Poland), June 18-19, 2018
"String-Pheno 2018", Faculty of Physics, University of Warsaw (Poland), July 2-6, 2018
"Quantum fields, geometry and representation theory", International Centre for Theoretical Sciences, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Bangalore (India), July 16-27, 2018
"Geometry and physics of quantum curves", BIRS (Banff, Canada), September 9-14, 2018
"Quantum fields, knots, and strings", Faculty of Physics, University of Warsaw (Poland), September 25-28, 2018
"stringtheory.pl/2018", Faculty of Physics, University of Warsaw (Poland), October 19-20, 2018
"Quantum knot invariants and supersymmetric gauge theories", Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics, University of California Santa Barbara, USA, November 5 – December 14, 2018
"Categorification in Quantum Topology and beyond", Erwin Schrödinger Institute (Vienna), January 7–18, 2019
"Dynamics, Equations and Applications", AGH University of Science and Technology (Kraków, Poland), September 16-20, 2019
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"Sixth Tux winter workshop", Tux, Austria, February 19-23, 2018
"Winter School – Geometry and Physics", Srni, Czech Republic, January 13-20, 2018
"Young Researchers in String Mathematics", Max Planck Institute for Mathematics, Bonn, November 27-30, 2017
"Category theory in physics, mathematics and philosophy", Warsaw University of Technology, Warsaw, November 16-17, 2017
"Integrability and Chaos in Multicomponent Systems", Far Eastern Federal University, Vladivostok, October 2-7, 2017
"8th Forum of Polish Mathematicians", Lublin, Poland, September 18-22, 2017
"44. Zjazd Fizyków Polskich", Wrocław, Poland, September 10-15, 2017
"Topological field theories, string theory and matrix models", Lebedev Physical Institute, Moscow, August 25-31, 2017
"Flat Connections in Physics and Geometry", Heidelberg, Germany, July 20-22, 2017
"Applied Topology", Będlewo, Poland, June 25- July 1, 2017
"TEDx – The Future is Now", Tarnów, Poland, June 24, 2017
"Limits of Knowledge", Humboldt Kolleg, Cracow, Poland, June 22-25, 2017
"Workshop on quantum information and topological recursion", SKOLTECH, Russia, June 19-23, 2017
"Physics and biology of proteins", International Institute of Physics, Natal, Brasil, June 12-30, 2017
"stringtheory.pl/2017", Faculty of Physics, University of Warsaw, April 21-23, 2017
"Advanced School on Integrability", Faculty of Physics, University of Warsaw, March 6-8, 2017
"Homology theories in low dimensional topology", Isaac Newton Institute (Cambridge University, UK), January 9 - June 30, 2017
"Combinatorics and interactions", Institut Henri Poincaré (Paris, France), January 9 - March 31, 2017
"Knot and link homologies and SUSY gauge theories, III", SQuaRE meeting, American Institute of Mathematics (San Jose, USA), January 23-27, 2017
"Interactions between topological recursion, modularity, quantum invariants and low-dimensional topology", University of Melbourne (Australia), November 28 - December 23, 2016
"Symposium to celebrate the 75th birthday of John Schwarz", Cahill Hameetman Auditorium, California Institute of Technology, November 18-19, 2016
"Classical and quantum integrable systems and supersymmetry", Chern Institute of Mathematics, Nankai University, (Tianjin, China), September 19-24, 2016
"Knots in Hellas", Ancient Olympia (Greece), July 17-23, 2016
"Topological Recursion and its Influence in Analysis, Geometry, and Topology", AMS von Neumann Symposium (Hilton Charlotte University Place, North Carolina, USA), July 4-8, 2016
"New perspectives on Higgs bundles, branes and quantization", Simons Center for Geometry and Physics (USA), June 13-17, 2016
"5th Workshop on Combinatorics of Moduli Spaces, Hurwitz Numbers and Cohomological Field Theories", Moscow, June 6-11, 2016
"Quantum spacetime structures: Dualities and new geometries", Bayrischzell (Germany), April 29 - May 3, 2016
"Program on the mathematics of string theory", Institut Henri Poincaré (Paris, France), April 11 - July 15, 2016
"Topological Recursion and TQFTs", MFO Oberwolfach (Germany), February 14-20, 2016
"Quantum Spacetime '16", Zakopane (Poland), February 6-12, 2016
"Moduli spaces, integrable systems, and topological recursions", Centre de Recherches Mathématiques (CRM, Montréal, Canada), January 9-13, 2016
"Advanced School on Topological Quantum Field Theory", University of Warsaw (Poland), December 7-9, 2015
"The 2nd conference of the Polish Society of Relativity: 100 years of General Relativity", University of Warsaw (Poland), November 23-28, 2015
"Quantization of Spectral Curves", Osaka City University (Japan), November 2-6, 2015
"Knot and link homologies and SUSY gauge theories, II", SQuaRE meeting, American Institute of Mathematics (San Jose, USA), October 12-16, 2015
"Geometry and biophysics", Institut de Recherche Mathématique Avancée (Strasbourg, France), September 17-19, 2015
"The Planck Scale II - XXXV Max Born Symposium", Wrocław (Poland), September 7-12, 2015
"Quantum geometry, duality, and matrix models", ITEP & IITP (Moscow, Russia), August 24-29, 2015
"Glances at Manifolds, low and high dimensional", Jagiellonian University (Kraków, Poland), July 17-20, 2015
"EMBO Young Scientists Forum", Warsaw (Poland), July 2-3, 2015
"Physics and mathematics of knot homologies", Simons Center for Geometry and Physics (USA), June 1-5, 2015
"Knot homologies, BPS states, and SUSY gauge theories", Simons Center for Geometry and Physics (USA), March 16 - June 12, 2015
"stringtheory.pl/2015", Wrocław (Poland), April 10-12, 2015
"Caltech - Walter Burke Institute for Theoretical Physics - Inaugural Celebration and Symposium", Caltech, February 23-24, 2015
"EMBO workshop on computational biology", Goniądz (Poland), February 20-22, 2015
"Third EFI conference on quantum gravity", Tux (Austria), February 16-20, 2015
"XXI Oporto meeting on geometry, topology and physics - Applications of topology", Instituto Superior Técnico (Lisbon, Portugal), February 4-7, 2015
"Group theory and knots", International Institute of Physics URFN (Natal, Brasil), November 17-28, 2014
"Knot and link homologies and SUSY gauge theories", SQuaRE meeting, American Institute of Mathematics (Palo Alto, USA), November 10-14, 2014
"Gauged sigma models in two dimensions", Simons Center for Geometry and Physics (USA), November 3-7, 2014
"Quantum curves, Hitchin systems, and the Eynard-Orantin theory", American Institute for Mathematics, Palo Alto (CA), September 29 - October 3, 2014
"Quantum Curves and Quantum Knot Invariants", BIRS, Banff (Canada), June 15-20, 2014
stringtheory.pl/2014 - Spring School on String Theory, Faculty of Physics University of Warsaw, April 25-27, 2014
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