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Empa is the research institute for materials science and technology of the ETH Domain and conducts cutting-edge research for the benefit of industry and the well-being of society.
Our nanotech@surfaces Laboratory is offering a
PhD Position in the field of atomistic simulations of low-dimensional magnetic carbon nanomaterials

We are looking for highly motivated candidates with a strong theoretical background in Solid State Physics or Physical Chemistry to take up a challenging PhD position in the area of low-dimensional magnetic carbon-based nanomaterials. In this PhD project, ab initio simulation techniques based on density functional theory and quantum chemistry methods as well as methods based on model Hamiltonians will be employed to predict the electronic and magnetic properties of nanographenes and nanographene-based spin chains and lattices produced in our laboratory, and to rationalize the results of scanning probe experiments related to them.

 

The successful candidate will be integrated in the PhD program of the University of Zurich and will work within the binational project Understanding electronic and magnetic properties of carbon based nanomaterials which builds on a close collaboration with our theory partners at the University of Regensburg.

Required qualifications include a Master’s Degree in Physics or Computational Chemistry. A solid background in Surface Science and previous experience in performing atomistic simulations and analyzing results by means of python/C/bash based programs. Skills in python programming are beneficial. Very good communication skills in English are required, German language skills are beneficial. The position is available upon agreement with a planned duration of 3 years.

We offer a challenging position in a materials research institution in the Zurich area with outstanding infrastructure and broad interdisciplinary surroundings.

For further information about the position please contact Dr Carlo Pignedoli carlo.pignedoli@empa.ch and visit our websites www.empa.ch/web/s205 and Empa-Video

We look forward to receiving your online application including a letter of motivation, CV, diplomas with transcripts and contact details of two referees. Please upload the requested documents through our webpage. Applications via email will not be considered.

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