PhD student position in theory of dynamics in quantum materials

Ref REF 2023-0017

State-of-the-art techniques in the ultrafast control of matter reveal exciting dynamical phases and quantum phenomena. Join us at Chalmers for a PhD project and make a significant contribution to advancing the theory of dynamics in quantum materials.

Information about the research 
Complex materials are governed by a variety of degrees of freedom, such as lattice, orbital, and spin. Recent progress in experimental techniques and novel large scale facilities open up the possibility to dynamically alter such degrees of freedom and stabilize quantum phases which are not present in the equilibrium. This poses challenging and exciting questions to our understanding of transient phenomena in materials. We are searching for 1-2 candidates for a PhD project, to investigate light-induced phenomena in materials, mainly mediated by collective excitations such as phonons, magnons, and molecular torsions.

You will be part of the division of condensed matter and materials theory, performing cutting-edge research with a strong interplay of fundamental and applied aspects, ranging from sustainable energy to information technology. You join a newly established research group where you have the opportunity to contribute to the research profile based on your interests and experience, given the research area mentioned above.

In our research group we value an inclusive, supportive, and healthy working environment. To support strong candidates independently of their life-situation, flexible working hours and part-time work are possible. Furthermore, the position includes an annual health allowance for sport or other health related activities.

Major responsibilities
You perform theoretical research in the area of dynamics in quantum materials. Furthermore, you are active in joint work with national and international collaborators. This includes, e.g., presentations, discussions, as well as publications. Also, you present results at international conferences. You will be given the opportunity to widen your expertise through specialized courses or participating in international summer/winter schools. Moreover, you will be taking part in the supervision and teaching of Bachelor and Master students.

To qualify as a PhD student, you must have a Master’s degree in physics or equivalent (or be in the process of completing a Master’s degree). Interest in one of the following is considered a merit: non-equilibrium physics, group theory, ab initio materials modelling, quantum computing. A very good capability of communicating scientific results in English, both orally and in writing, is required.

Contract terms
Full-time temporary employment. The position is limited to a maximum of five years.

We offer
Chalmers offers a cultivating and inspiring working environment in the coastal city of Gothenburg
Read more about working at Chalmers and our benefits for employees.

Chalmers aims to actively improve our gender balance. We work broadly with equality projects, for example the GENIE Initiative on gender equality for excellence. Equality and diversity are substantial foundations in all activities at Chalmers.

Application procedure
The application should be marked with Ref 20230032 and written in English. The application should be sent electronically and be attached as PDF-files, as below. Maximum size for each file is 40 MB. Please note that the system does not support Zip files.

CV: (Please name the document: CV, Family name, Ref. number)
• CV
• Other, for example previous employments or leadership qualifications and positions of trust.
• Two references that we can contact.

Personal letter: (Please name the document as: Personal letter, Family name, Ref. number)
1-3 pages where you:
• Introduce yourself
• Describe your previous experience of relevance for the position (e.g. education, thesis work and, if applicable, any other research activities)
• Describe your future goals and future research focus

Other documents:
• Copies of bachelor and/or master’s thesis.
• Attested copies and transcripts of completed education, grades and other certificates, e.g. TOEFL test results.

Please use the button at the foot of the page to reach the application form. 

Application deadline: February 19, 2023

For questions, please contact:
Assistant professor, R. Matthias Geilhufe

*** Chalmers declines to consider all offers of further announcement publishing or other types of support for the recruiting process in connection with this position. *** 

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