Postdoc position on Quantum Defects and Autonomous Materials Design

DTU Fysik
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The section for Computational Atomic-scale Materials Design (CAMD) at the Technical University of Denmark (DTU), is seeking an outstanding and highly motivated candidate for a postdoc position within the area of first-principles modeling of point defects in semiconductors and high-throughput discovery of new materials for photovoltaics and quantum technologies. The position is funded by the ERC Consolidator project “Controlling light-matter interactions by quantum designed 2D materials” (LIMA).

The successful candidate will use and develop first-principles methods to model fundamental electronic processes (radiative and non-radiative) taking place around defects in semiconductors, including both conventional bulk- and 2D materials. The goal is to establish computational schemes for predictive modeling of the chemical, electronic, and optical properties of semiconductors with point defects, and use it to identify new candidate materials for solar energy conversion and single-photon light sources, respectively. The materials discovery-part of the project will involve the development of workflows for automatized high-throughput computations and machine learning algorithms for pre-screening candidate materials and identifying the most relevant structures and compositions. As an example of a recent high-throughput work from the group, see the Computational 2D Materials Database,

CAMD ( offers an international and scientifically stimulating working environment at the Department of Physics, DTU, located in the northern Copenhagen area. The group has strong connections to local experimental groups within the VILLUM Center for the Science of Sustainable Fuels and Chemicals ( and the Center for Nanostructured Graphene ( 

Substantial computational resources are available for the project through the DTU-supercomputer facility Niflheim (

Candidates should have a PhD degree or equivalent. The successful postdoc candidate has a solid knowledge of solid state physics and practical experience with electronic structure calculations, at least at the density functional theory level. Programming experience (e.g. Python, C, C++) is preferred. Furthermore, the candidate should be highly motivated and willing to work as part of a team. Good communication skills in both spoken and written English, are a requirement.  

The assessment of the applicants will be made by Professor Kristian S. Thygesen.

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DTU is a leading technical university globally recognized for the excellence of its research, education, innovation and scientific advice. We offer a rewarding and challenging job in an international environment. We strive for academic excellence in an environment characterized by collegial respect and academic freedom tempered by responsibility.

Salary and terms of employment
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. Salary level is approximately 65.000 Euro/year incl. pension. 

The period of employment is 2 years. The position is available immediately, but the starting date is flexible.

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Further information
Should you have any queries regarding the positions, please contact Professors Kristian S. Thygesen,   

Application procedure
Please submit your online application no later than 1 February 2019 (local time). To apply, please open the link "Apply online", fill out the online application form. The following must be attached in English: 

  • Application (cover letter)
  • CV
  • Diploma (MSc/PhD)
  • List of publications
Applications and enclosures received after the deadline will not be considered.

All interested candidates irrespective of age, gender, disability, race, religion or ethnic background are encouraged to apply.

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