Postdoctor in Theoretical physics

Postdoctor in Theoretical physics


Skilled and committed employees are a crucial factor in the success of Linköping University. And we need more of them. Our core expertise comes from teachers and researchers, but a successful university requires experienced and motivated employees in many fields. Everyone is important. We need to recruit many new employees thanks to, among all, an expansion in our research activity. We need you here. We look forward to receiving your application!

The Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology conducts research and offers education at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. Research, the predominant activity, is often done in collaboration with corporate and international partners. We are one of the university’s largest, oldest and most well known departments, encompassing five interacting scientific fields: biology, chemistry, material physics, applied physics and theory and modelling.

Hereby advertises a position as

Postdoctor in Theoretical physics in the unit of Ab initio Theory and Energy Materials
formally based at Theoretical Physics Division at the Institution of Physics, Chemistry and Biology (IFM)

We perform research in theoretical physics in the area of theoretical simulations of materials properties at extreme conditions. Our research is aimed at controlling metastable phases of novel materials: from discoveries at extreme conditions towards advanced technological applications. The work spans areas of high-pressure physics, quantum mechanics, numerical methods, programming, and the use of high-performance computing in materials research.

The position is for a research project supported by the Swedish Research Council. It is focus on investigations of novel nitrides and oxides with the main goal to obtain fundamental understanding on how to control their metastable phases. Starting with materials discoveries at extreme conditions of high pressure and temperature (HPHT), we will propose and develop techniques to quenching the most interesting phases to ambient conditions, study their potential for advanced technological applications, and transfer the generated knowledge to the broad research community and to industry.

At the Theoretical Physics Division we use fundamental principles and basic concepts for development of mathematical models followed by their exploration by means of analytical and numerical methods. The main goal of a theoretical study is to analyze and explain existing experimental observations, to make a systematics of generated knowledge, and to use it for new discoveries. Read more

A Postdoc will essentially carry out research. The position may also involve teaching, but during no more than a fifth of work time.

The position requires a doctorate or an equivalent degree from a foreign university. The doctorate shall have been obtained no longer than three years before the expiration date of the application. The doctorate should be in theoretical physics, materials physics, or similar.

The applicant must have published papers in highly regarded journals, with some on the topic of simulations of matter at extreme conditions. Experience with theoretical methods for electronic structure calculations with focus on investigations of structural, electronic and dynamical properties of materials under high-pressure conditions, which extend the expertise of the division beyond the current level is highly beneficial. Experience with high-performance computing using GPUs is especially beneficial.

Great emphasis will also be placed on personal qualities and suitability, such as the ability to work in team, collaborate with PhD students, accuracy, flexibility and speed. You should be inventive and have an independent attitude.

Appointment time
Two years.

Starting date 
By agreement, as soon as possible.

The University applies individual salary scales adapted to the experience of the employee and to the labour market.

Union representatives
For contact with union representatives see below. 

Application procedure
Apply for the position by clicking the “Apply” button below. Your application must be received at latest September 3, 2020.

Applications and documents received after the date above will not be considered.

Linköping University will continue to develop as an attractive and creative place of work, characterized by equal terms and actively works for equality and diversity.

We look forward to receiving your application!

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  • Arbetsplats: Linköpings Universitet
  • 1 plats
  • 6 månader eller längre
  • Heltid
  • Fast månads- vecko- eller timlön
  • Publicerat: 13 augusti 2020
  • Ansök senast: 3 september 2020

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