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Two PhD positions in theoretical quantum chemistry/physics at University of Twente and University of Groningen

Are you passionate about quantum mechanical simulations and programming for complex photo-active systems? We offer two challenging PhD positions in a collaborative project between the Computational Chemical Group in Twente (Prof. Filippi) and the Quantum Chemistry Group (Dr. Havenith) in Groningen.

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Key takeaways

  • Hours
    38 - 40 hr.
  • Salary indication
    Salary gross/monthly
    based on full-time
    € 2,770 - € 3,539
  • Deadline
    29 Feb 2024

We invite applications for two PhD positions, one with Prof. Claudia Filippi at the University of Twente and one with Dr. Remco Havenith at the University of Groningen in the Netherlands.  We are looking for talented and highly motivated candidates to work on a collaborative project between the two groups on the combined development of advanced valence bond and quantum Monte Carlo methods for the study of excited-state processes in complex systems.

The project will focus on the development and implementation of non-orthogonal configuration interaction as well as quantum Monte Carlo methods for an accurate and chemically interpretable description of excited states.  The resulting methods will be applied to potential upconversion materials.

The starting date is flexible, but preferably before July 2024.

Your profile

We are looking for PhD candidate with;

  • An enthusiastic and highly motivated research attitude;
  • A master’s degree in chemistry or physics, with a specialization in theoretical chemistry/physics or related fields;
  • A strong interest in method and software development;
  • Preferably, some programming experience in Fortran or C/C++;
  • English writing and presentation skills.

Our offer

  • A full-time position for four years, with a qualifier (Twente) and a similar assessment (Groningen) in the first year;
  • Your salary and associated conditions are in accordance with the collective labour agreement for Dutch universities (CAO-NU);
  • You will receive a gross monthly salary ranging from € 2.770,- (first year) to € 3.539,- (fourth year);
  • There are excellent benefits including a holiday allowance of 8% of the gross annual salary, an end-of-year bonus of 8.3%, and a solid pension scheme;
  • A minimum of 232 leave hours in case of full-time employment based on a formal workweek of 38 hours. A full-time employment in practice means 40 hours a week, therefore resulting in 96 extra leave hours on an annual basis;
  • Free access to sports facilities on campus;
  • You will have a training programme as part of the Twente Graduate School of the University of Twente or Graduate School of Science and Engineering of the University of Groningen where you and your supervisors will determine a plan for a suitable education and supervision.

Information and application

Are you interested in this position? Please send your application via the 'Apply now' button below before March, 1st 2024, and include:

For more information regarding this position, you are welcome to contact Prof. Dr. Claudia Filippi or Dr. Remco Havenith.

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About the department

We are a computational group focusing on the theory and simulation of physical phenomena which span wide spatial and dynamical scales, from photoexcitations of electrons to the dynamics of structure formation of biomolecular systems. Our methodology ranges from electronic structure theory and quantum Monte Carlo approaches to coarse grain molecular and Brownian dynamics. Using similar methods, we also investigate the flow properties of soft matter. Our activities encompass both practical problems and the development of novel computational methods when needed.

The Computational Chemical Group is embedded in the Nano Electronic Materials (NEM) Department.

About the organisation

The Faculty of Science & Technology (Technische Natuurwetenschappen, TNW) engages some 700 staff members and 2000 students in education and research on the cutting edge of chemical technology, applied physics and biomedical technology. Our fields of application include sustainable energy, process technology and materials science, nanotechnology and technical medicine. As part of a people-first tech university that aims to shape society, individuals and connections, our faculty works together intensively with industrial partners and researchers in the Netherlands and abroad, and conducts extensive research for external commissioning parties and funders. Our research has a high profile both in the Netherlands and internationally and is strengthened by the many young researchers working on innovative projects with as doctoral candidates and post-docs. It has been accommodated in three multidisciplinary UT research institutes: Mesa+ Institute, TechMed Centre and Digital Society Institute.

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Filippi, C. (Claudia)

Filippi, C. (Claudia)
Full Professor

Filippi, C. (Claudia)
Full Professor

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Apply.
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Step 2

Selection.
The selection committee will review your application and you will receive a response within 2 weeks after the vacancy has been closed.

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1st interview.
The 1st (online or in person) meeting serves as an introduction where we introduce ourselves to you and you to us. You may be asked to give a short presentation. This will be further explained in the invitation.

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2nd interview.
In the second interview, we will further discuss the job content, your skills and your talents.

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The offer.
If the conversations are positive, you will be made a suitable offer.

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