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Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Austria: Advances theories for functional oxides, PhD Position, The University of Vienna

The University of Vienna (Austria) and the Center for Computational Materials Science (CMS, http://www.cms.tuwien.ac.at/) invites applications for a PhD studentship in Computational Materials Science.

The CMS in Vienna is a research center and graduate school based on a collaboration of research groups from the Faculties of Physics and Chemistry from the University of Vienna and the Technical University of Vienna. The activities of the CMS concentrate on the development of methods for multiscale simulations in condensed materials. The techniques being actively developed by the members of the CMS range from ab-initio density functional calculations (VASP, WIEN2k) to statistical-mechanical approaches for the description of liquids, amorphous materials and soft matter. The simulation tools developed by the members of the CMS are applies to a wide range of research projects: structural materials, magnetic materials, surfaces, interfaces, ultrathin films and nanomaterials, semiconductors and insulators, chemical reactions and catalysis, liquids and soft matter.


Within its Graduate school the CMS invites applications for a PhD studentships in Computational Materials Science to be led in the Vienna ab-initio Simulations Package (VASP) group. The VASP group, directed by J. Hafner and G. Kresse, is one of the world leading groups in computational material science. The VASP package is recognized as one of the most flexible and robust ab initio packages and is presently used by about 1000 academic institutions and industrial research centers. The PhD student will be part of a multidisciplinary research team within a collaborative EU-INDIA FP7-funded project involving other two European theoretical groups (Trinity College Dublin and University of Cagliari) and three Indian theoretical groups (S.N. Bose national Center for Basic Sciences Kolkata, Harish-Chandra Research Institute Allahabad, and Jawaharlal Nehru Center for Advanced Scientific Research Bangalore). The overall aim of the project is the investigation, through a synergy of advanced First-Principles, density-functional based methods, and Model Hamiltonian calculations suited for strong correlated systems, of the properties and functionalities of transition metal oxides that may be viable candidates as building blocks of future micro- and nanoelectronic devices with enhanced capabilities. We are looking for outstanding candidates with a degree in physics, chemistry or materials science, a strong background in quantum mechanics, statistical mechanics, mathematics and computing and a strong personal commitment to research. You will join a lively community performing frontline research.

Applications with the usual credentials (CV, eventually also publications) and two letters of recommendation should be sent to cesare.franchini@univie.ac.at. For the successful applicant, the appointment to the PhD Studentship can become effective from September-October 2009 on. The salary will be about 25300 Euro/year before taxes, the contract will be for three years. Female students are particularly encourage to apply.

Category : Computational condensed matter physics
Contact address : cesare.franchini@univie.ac.at


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