PostDoc position in theory and modelling of quantum transport in low-dimensional nanomaterials (Empa)

This was published on March 18, 2022

Empa is looking for highly motivated and talented candidates with a strong theoretical background in solid state physics, theoretical quantum physics or atomistic ab initio modelling to take up a challenging PostDoc position in the computational modelling of quantum transport in low-dimensional carbon nanomaterials. In this project, which is closely linked to the experimental activity of several Empa laboratories, density functional theory (DFT), non-equilibrium Green's functions formalism (NEGF) and dynamical mean field theory (DMFT) are combined to include electronic correlation and screening in transport calculations for molecular junctions and nanodevices.

In Empa's experimental labs, teams routinely realize nanoscale transistors based on graphene nanostructures and characterize atomically controlled carbon nanomaterials with scanning tunneling spectroscopy. This offers the exciting opportunity to develop theoretical and computational insights and experimental advances hand-in-hand. 
This research project is embedded in the NCCR MARVEL Center on Computational Design and Discovery of Novel Materials.

Required qualifications include a PhD degree in physics or computational chemistry, a strong background in computational physics and condensed matter physics as well as previous experience in performing atomistic simulations and analyzing results by means of python/C/bash based programs. Experience in ab initio simulation codes and knowledge of theory of electronic correlation are a plus. The successful candidate needs to have very good communication and writing skills in English. The position is available upon agreement with an initial duration of 2 years. Empa offers a challenging job at a materials research institution in the Zurich area with outstanding infrastructure and broad interdisciplinary surroundings.

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