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Postdoc in Magnetoelectric Effects in 2D Materials from first Principles – Technical University of Denmark (DTU), 2022


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We offer a two year postdoc position at the section for Computational Atomic-scale Materials Design (CAMD), department of physics, Technical University of Denmark (DTU).

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General Info

Position: Postdoc
No. of Positions: 1
Research Field: ,
Joining Date: ASAP
Contract Period: 2 Years
Salary: Subject to norms

DTU Physics
DTU, Kgs. Lyngby, Denmark

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Qualification Details

The candidate should have a strong background in solid state physics or materials science. Experience with Python, first principles computer simulations and Density Functional Theory is a requirement. Knowledge of the theory of magnetism and spin-orbit physics will be an advantage but is not required. In addition, the candidate must have excellent communications skills in English.

As a formal qualification, you must hold a PhD degree (or equivalent).

Responsibilities/Job Description

The present project will be supervised by Thomas Olsen and focus on a first principles treatment of magnetism and magnetoelectric effects is 2D materials. The successful candidate will apply non-collinear DFT including spin-orbit coupling to unravel the possibilities of switching magnetic properties of 2D materials using electric fields and delve into the thermodynamic properties using analytical approaches (Heisenberg models and Landau-Ginzburg theory) and numerical simulations (for example Monte Carlo simulations). We will consider the standard magnetoelectric effect in magnetic materials lacking inversion symmetry as well as van der Waals heterostructures and multiferroic materials.

The successful candidate will be responsible for developing a reliable framework for extracting magnetoelectric properties. Most of the software infrastructure is already in place, but depending on interests there will be a variety of possibilities for involvement in code development. A larger part of the work will be based on materials present in the Computational 2D Materials Database (C2DB) and the project will thus enable the candidate to handle extensive materials databases and perform high throughput screening studies. The topic is challenging but offers a unique chance to delve deep into the rapidly evolving field of 2D magnetism.

How to Apply?

Application Method: Online Application
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Application Procedure

To apply, please open the link "Apply now, fill out the online application form, and attach all your materials in English in one PDF file. The file must include:

  • Application (cover letter)
  • CV
  • Academic Diplomas (MSc/PhD – in English)
  • List of publications
  • Letter of recommendation (the candidate may choose to provide contact information to previous supervisors instead)

About the Employer: Technical University of Denmark (DTU), Denmark

Note or Other details

The appointment will be based on the collective agreement with the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations. The allowance will be agreed upon with the relevant union. The period of employment is two years.

You can read more about the Department of Physics and the section for Computational Atomic-scale Materials Design (CAMD) at

If you are applying from abroad, you may find useful information on working in Denmark and at DTU at DTU – Moving to Denmark.

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Contact details

Further information about the position may be obtained from Thomas Olsen, email: [email protected].

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Published on: | Last Updated: Nov 20, 2022 | at nViews Career by nViews Career Team