PhD student in Theoretical Physics

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We are looking for a PhD student in Theoretical Physics within the unit “Ab initio methods and Energy Materials”.

Your work assignments

The PhD student will learn using first-principles calculations and molecular dynamics simulations to investigate phase stability and mechanical properties of metal and ceramic alloys at conditions of temperature and stress of relevance for practical and industrial uses. The PhD student will also learn using machine-learning methods to develop interatomic potentials that can allow fast and accurate simulations of materials properties.

As a PhD student, you devote most of your time to doctoral studies and the research projects of which you are part. Your work may also include teaching or other departmental duties, up to a maximum of 20% of full-time.

Your qualifications

You have graduated at Master’s level in physics or adjacent fields or completed courses with a minimum of 240 credits, at least 60 of which must be in advanced courses in physics and materials science with a focus on theory. Alternatively, you have gained essentially corresponding knowledge in another way.

Particular merit is previous experience of ab-initio calculations and molecular dynamics simulations of materials at finite temperatures and the use of machine learning algorithms. Eligible for employment as a doctoral student is only those who are admitted or have already been admitted to postgraduate education.

It is beneficial that the applicant attaches a letter of intent to the application. The letter should contain brief description on scientific background and interests, experience (if any) in theoretical modeling and calculations, along with reasons for applying.

Your workplace

The project will be carried out within the strong Theoretical Physics Division, in close collaboration with experimentalists at the IFM department and industrial partners of the Vinnova FunMat-II competence center. The Division of Theoretical Physics carries out research, undergraduate and postgraduate education within the Department of Physics Chemistry and Biology (IFM) at Linköping University.

The employment

When taking up the post, you will be admitted to the program for doctoral studies. More information about the doctoral studies at each faculty is available at Doctoral studies at Linköping University

The employment has a duration of four years’ full-time equivalent. You will initially be employed for a period of one year. The employment will subsequently be renewed for periods of maximum duration two years, depending on your progress through the study plan. The employment may be extended up to a maximum of five years, based on the amount of teaching and departmental duties you have carried out. Further extensions can be granted in special circumstances.

Starting date by agreement.

Salary and employment benefits

The salary of PhD students is determined according to a locally negotiated salary progression.

More information about employment benefits at Linköping University is available here.

Union representatives

Information about union representatives, see Help for applicants.

Application procedure

Apply for the position by clicking the “Apply” button below. Your application must reach Linköping University no later than 2023-05-02.

Applications and documents received after the date above will not be considered.

We welcome applicants with different backgrounds, experiences and perspectives – diversity enriches our work and helps us grow. Preserving everybody’s equal value, rights and opportunities is a natural part of who we are. Read more about our work with: Equal opportunities. We look forward to receiving your application!

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Contact persons

Davide Sangiovanni

Associate professor

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