PhD position on Quantum Defects and Autonomous Materials Design

The section for Computational Atomic-scale Materials Design (CAMD) at theTechnical University of Denmark (DTU), is seeking an outstanding and highlymotivated candidate for a PhD position within the area of first-principlesmodeling of point defects in semiconductors and high-throughput discovery ofnew materials for photovoltaics and quantum technologies. The position isfunded by the ERC Consolidator project “Controlling light-matter interactionsby quantum designed 2D materials” (LIMA).

The successful candidates will use and develop first-principles methods tomodel fundamental electronic processes (radiative and non-radiative) takingplace around defects in semiconductors, including both conventional bulk- and2D materials. The goal is to establish computational schemes for predictivemodeling of the chemical, electronic, and optical properties of semiconductorswith point defects, and use it to identify new candidate materials for solarenergy conversion and single-photon light sources, respectively. The materialsdiscovery-part of the project will involve the development of workflows forautomatized high-throughput computations and machine learning algorithms forpre-screening candidate materials and identifying the most relevant structuresand compositions. As an example of a recent high-throughput work from thegroup, see the Computational 2D Materials Database,  

CAMD ( offers aninternational and scientifically stimulating working environment at theDepartment of Physics, DTU, located in the northern Copenhagen area. The grouphas strong connections to local experimental groups within the VILLUM Centerfor the Science of Sustainable Fuels and Chemicals ( and the Centerfor Nanostructured Graphene ( 

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

The successful PhD candidate will have obtained excellentgrades in his/her Bachelor and Master educations. A solid knowledge ofquantum mechanics and solid state physics, and ideally also aspects ofmany-body theory, is a requirement. Some experience with programming (e.g. Pyhton,C, C++) is preferred. Furthermore, the candidate should be highly motivated andwilling to work as part of a team. Good communication skills in bothspoken and written English, are a requirement.  

Approval and Enrollment of PhD Students
The scholarship for the PhD degree is subject to academic approval, and thecandidate will be enrolled in one of the general degree programmes at DTU. Forinformation about our enrolment requirements and the general planning of the PhDstudy programme, please see the DTU PhD Guide.  

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

Salary and appointment terms
The appointment will be based on the collective agreement with the DanishConfederation of Professional Associations. The allowance will be agreed upon withthe relevant union. The period of employment is 3 years.

The position, which involves a limited teaching obligation, includes salaryand travel grants covering the three years it takes to obtain a PhD degree at aDanish university. Salary level is approximately 50.000 Euro/year incl.pension. 

The position is available immediately, but the starting date is flexible.

You can read more about careerpaths at DTU here.

Should you have any queries regarding the positions, please contactProfessors Kristian S. Thygesen, 

Please submit your online application no later than 1 February 2019 (local time). To apply, pleaseopen the link “Apply online”, fill out the online application form.The following must be attached inEnglish: 

    A letter motivating the application (cover letter)Curriculum vitae Grade transcripts and BSc/MSc diplomaExcel sheet with translation of grades to the Danish grading system (see guidelines and Excel spreadsheet here)

Candidates may apply prior to obtaining their master’s degree but cannotbegin before having received it.

Applications and enclosures received after the deadline will not beconsidered.

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

DTU is a technicaluniversity providing internationally leading research, education, innovationand scientific advice. Our staff of 6,000 advance science and technology tocreate innovative solutions that meet the demands of society, and our 11,200students are being educated to address the technological challenges of thefuture. DTU is an independent academic university collaborating globally withbusiness, industry, government and public agencies. 
Deadline: 1 February 2019
Unit: DTU Physics
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Post expires on Friday February 1st, 2019