Post Doc in Theoretical Chemistry

University of Zurich Department of Chemistry

Department of Chemistry

Postdoc position in Theoretical Chemistry
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A postdoc position is available in the Luber group at the Department of Chemistry at University of Zurich (Switzerland).
Our group focuses on forefront computational methods at the interface of chemistry, biology, physics, and materials science. In particular dynamic approaches (using, for instance, state-of-the-art DFT-molecular dynamics) for an accurate realistic description of compounds have been in focus of our research.

Your responsibilities

You will join our team in order to strengthen our efforts for forefront nonadiabatic dynamics/ electron dynamics methods with emphasis on the condensed phase. In particular, we have focused on forefront nonadabatic dynamics using variational DFT methods and derivation of novel spectroscopic approaches using real time propagation / Ehrenfest dynamics (see publication list), providing exciting new insight into the role of environment in excited state dynamics and helping in designing new (ultrafast) experiments.
The projects may be carried out in close collaboration with experimental groups. We are, for instance, involved in the "Solar light to chemical energy conversion”priority program.

Your profile

The candidate must hold an excellent PhD and MSc degree in chemistry, interdisciplinary natural sciences, physics, or related, and have profound English and autonomous learning ability skills. The successful candidate will be highly creative, ambitious, motivated, and able to work independently. Excellent programming skills and experience in high performance computing and method development (ideally with CP2K) are essential.

What we offer

We offer a 1-year contract with possible extension(s), a competitive salary as well as a vibrant, inspiring environment in a brand-new building with cutting-edge resources and research, access to world-leading supercomputers, and high-profile interdisciplinary collaborations. Moreover, the postdoc will be involved in supervision of (PhD) student(s), and financial support for visit of conferences etc. are also available.

Place of work

University of Zurich, Winterthurerstrasse 190, 8057 Zürich, Switzerland

Start of employment

The employment start date is by agreement.
Interested applicants are encouraged to send their application documents (cover letter, CV, diplomas, description of research experience/interests and motivation, names of at least two academic references, publication list) as one pdf document per e-mail to Prof. Sandra Luber.
The pdf can also include a one-page statement discussing one or two publications of the group with respect to what the applicant finds particularly interesting and what could be possible future improvements of the research described in the publication(s).