Non-equilibrium statistical physics
(Prof. Dr. Peter Sollich)


Research focus

The focus of our research group is on the statistical physics of systems that are out of equilibrium. This is an area where there are many fundamental question, and in the group we develop theoretical tools to tackle these (e.g. trajectory thermodynamics, approximation techniques for path integrals).
We also work on a number of application areas including (see also this poster)
  • Aging and mechanical deformation in athermal systems
  • Phase separation in complex mixtures
  • Active systems, driven by e.g. self-propulsion or non-Gaussian noise
  • Subnetworks and dynamical modules in protein interaction and gene regulation networks
  • Dynamics on networks and applications to glassy physics
  • Statistical physics tools for inference and machine learning


You can find an overview of the group's publications on

Open positions and Bachelor / Master theses

We welcome new members with an interest in the fascinating world of non-equilibrium statistical mechanics. For possible topics of Bachelor, Master or PhD theses please contact the group leader, Prof. Peter Sollich
See also this poster for a graphical overview of topics and project ideas

    Older news

    • Mar 2020: Now recruiting for two-year postdoc position in non-equilibrium statistical physics, with flexible starting date from summer 2020
    • Feb 2020: Rituparno Mandal awarded Marie Sklodowska-Curie Fellowship for work on "Rheology and Mechanics of Active Glasses''
    • Jan 2020: New paper in Physical Review Letters on a nucleation theory for yielding of almost defect-free crystals
    • Jan 2020: Now recruiting for DFG-funded joint project with Prof. Matthias Krüger on "Dynamics of dense mixtures: Kinetic and thermodynamic effects in non-equilibrium fluctuations, phase separation and structure formation''
    • Jan 2020: Moshir Harsh joins group as PhD student
    • Sept 2019: Paper in Physical Review Letters on athermal aging published as Editor's Choice
    • Sept 2019: Paper on non-affine displacement fluctuations and crystal defects published in Physical Review E
    • May 2019: Six contributions from the group accepted at StatPhys27
    • Oct 2018: Coordinating three-week programme on Stochastic Dynamics on Networks at MPI Dresden with Manfred Opper and Guido Sanguinetti