The materials and density-functional theory group at MC2, Chalmers, invites applications for a postdoc position: Development and implementation of nonlocal density functional theory, definition of benchmarking for biochemistry usage.

About us
The Department of Microtechnology and Nanoscience (MC2) focuses on research, innovation and education in the fields of future electronics, photonics, bio- and nanosystems, with a significant focus on materials. A close collaboration with Swedish and international partners within academia, industry, and society creates a creative environment. In addition to the 200 researchers and Ph.D. students, MC2 houses a cleanroom for micro- and nanofabrication. The Department also houses a leading density functional theory (DFT) activity.

Come help us develop DFT as both a general-purpose and biochemistry tool!
We are fellow architects of modern, so-called truly nonlocal DFT. Our van der Waals density functional (vdW-DF) method is a computationally efficient formulation of nonlocal DFT that also describes dispersion forces. These forces arise, for example, among organic molecules and typically control the structure in organic systems. The vdW-DF method is opening doors for DFT-based characterizations in organic chemistry, in nanoscience, in nanotechnology, and for biochemistry problems.

Guided by condensed-matter theory, we now have a consistent vdW-DF formulation for general-purpose DFT calculations. It works equally well among molecules and in traditional materials and we are set up to study both molecular crystals and heterogeneous organic systems. With implementation work, it is also possible to address large biochemistry systems. For example, we can use the strictly parameter-free vdW-DF method to assist structural characterization of proteins and to predict, understand, and engineer adhesion of biomatter at interfaces.

About the research project
You will help us resolve important remaining challenges for the organics-interface problem, and for asserting the vdW-DF method’s potential for a truly parameter-free exploration of biochemistry problems. The project requires implementation work. You will adapt vdW-DF implementations to facilitate first-principles DFT studies of large organic systems. In addition, you will help us build trust in the method by defining and launching new experiment-based benchmarking suits that are relevant for future biochemistry applications.

Major responsibilities 
Your work involves analysis and method development and code implementation for nonlocal DFT as well as work to define and launch new benchmarking. You will maintain and develop both code libraries, DFT-code contributions, and set up access to the benchmarking that we intend to provide in the project.

Position summary 
Full-time temporary employment. The postdoc position is for 1+1 year.

We seek a highly motivated and self-propelled person who has completed a Ph.D. in Physics, in Engineering Physics or in Physical Chemistry. Solid knowledge of condensed matter theory and DFT as well as experience in coding are requirements.

You are fluent in oral and written English. You are able to work both independently and as part of a collaborative effort.

Chalmers continuously strives to be an attractive employer. Equality and diversity are substantial foundations in all activities at Chalmers.

Our offer to you
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Application procedure
The application should be marked with Ref 20190244 and written in English. The application should be sent electronically and be attached as pdf-files, as below:

CV: (Please name the document as: CV, Surname, Ref. number) including:
• CV, include complete list of publications
• Previous teaching and pedagogical experiences
• Two references that we can contact.

Personal letter: (Please name the document as: Personal letter, Family name, Ref. number) including:
• 1-3 pages where you introduce yourself and present your qualifications.
• Previous research fields and main research results.
• Future goals and research focus. Are there any specific projects and research issues you are primarily interested in?

Other documents:
• Attested copies of completed education, grades and other certificates.
• Please provide weblinks to your 3 best publications and give examples of scripting and code work.

Please use the button at the foot of the page to reach the application form. The files may be compressed (zipped).

Application deadline: 15 August 2019

For questions, please contact:
Professor Per Hyldgaard,
+46 76 101 05 81

*** 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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