Postdoc 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 postdoc 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 candidate 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 (

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

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

We offer
DTU is a leading technical university globallyrecognized for the excellence of its research, education, innovation andscientific advice. We offer a rewarding and challenging job in an internationalenvironment. We strive for academic excellence in an environment characterizedby collegial respect and academic freedom tempered by responsibility.

Salary and terms of employment
The appointment will be based on the collectiveagreement with the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations. Theallowance will be agreed upon with the relevant union. Salary level isapproximately 65.000 Euro/year incl. pension. 

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

You can read more about careerpaths at DTU here. 

Further information
Should you have any queries regarding the positions, please contact ProfessorsKristian 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 theonline application form. The following must be attached in English: 

    Application (cover letter)CVDiploma (MSc/PhD)List of publications

Applications and enclosures received after the deadline will not beconsidered.

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

DTU is atechnical university providing internationally leading research, education,innovation and scientificadvice. Our staff of6,000 advance science and technology to create innovative solutions that meetthe demands of society, and our 11,200 students are being educated to addressthe technological challenges of the future. DTU is an independent academicuniversity collaborating globally with business, industry, government andpublic agencies. 
Deadline: 1 February 2019
Unit: DTU Physics
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Post expires on Friday February 1st, 2019