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PhD position in computational solid-state physics

Date Posted Mar. 23, 2022
Title PhD position in computational solid-state physics
University Ensemble3
Warsaw, Poland
Department Inverse materials design
Application Deadline Apr. 8, 2022
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Graduate Student
  • Physics - Condensed Matter/Low Temperature

Two Ph.D. student positions are open in the group of Inverse Materials Design, led by Dr. Oleksandr Malyi in Ensemble3. ENSEMBLE3 is a new Centre of Excellence for nanophotonics, advanced materials, and novel crystal growth-based technologies located in Warsaw, Poland, created jointly by the Łukasiewicz Institute of Microelectronics and Photonics, the University of Warsaw (Poland), the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (Germany), the Sapienza University of Rome (Italy), and the Nanoscience Research Center nanoGUNE (Spain).

Using deep knowledge of solid-state physics and first-principles theory, this candidature will develop a fundamental understanding of materials properties at the atomic level and correlate them with basic elemental quantities to define so-called principles of inverse design. Such design principles will be used to guide experimental research and to understand the fundamental physics of materials at the atomic level. The primary focus will be given to understanding materials realization (e.g., prediction synthesis conditions), understanding optoelectronic properties of quantum materials, doping physics, and tailoring materials properties in general.

See details on the research expertise of the group in recent publications:
A. Zunger, O. I. Malyi Chemical Reviews, 2021, 121, 3031
O. I. Malyi, A. Zunger Applied Physics Reviews, 2020, 7, 041310
O. I. Malyi, G. M. Dalpian, X.-G. Zhao, Z. Wang, A. Zunger Materials Today, 2020, 32, 35
O. I. Malyi, M. T. Yeung, K. R. Poeppelmeier, C. Persson, A. Zunger Matter, 2019, 1, 280
O. I. Malyi, K. V. Sopiha, C. Persson npj Computational Materials, 2019, 5, 38

Key responsibilities:
• Develop a fundamental understanding of materials on the atomic level;
• Perform high throughput DFT calculations;
• Disseminate results to the scientific community and to the public.

Profile of candidates/requirements:
• Bachelor’s or Master's degree in the field of physics, material science, or similar;
• Experience with fundamental physics, electronic structure theory, or modern computational approaches to solids;
• Experience with high-performance computing;
• Strong motivation for science and scientific research;
• Willingness to learn and take new challenges, proactive approach to perform tasks and reach objectives;
• Scientific programming skills;
• High-level proficiency in communication skills. Strong ability to work independently as well as in a team, social competence, personal responsibility.

Required application documents:
• CV (including a list of projects/publications);
• Cover letter;
• Proof of suitable diploma;
• Name and addresses of two references.

We offer:
• Innovative scientific environment;
• Access to top supercomputers;
• International cooperation with top experimental and theoretical researchers;
• Administrative support;
• Salary of 6600 PLN per month (average salary for Warsaw) for a period of 4 years + some tax benefits.

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