A three-year PhD scholarship in theoretical/computational chemistry and computational spectroscopy is available in the group of Professor Jacob Kongsted, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Pharmacy, University of Southern Denmark (SDU). The scholarship is funded by the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Innovative Training Network “COSINE: Computational Spectroscopy in Natural Sciences and Engineering”, H2020-MSCA-ITN-765739, and the PhD project will be conducted in close collaboration with at least one of the other COSINE research groups.
Furthermore, extended stays in these groups are required. Secondments to participating industrial partners during the training programme are also mandatory. Besides their individual research training, the COSINE PhD students will receive specific additional training in complementary skills, such as e.g. management and communication, and will participate in a number of planned schools and network events. They will become fully qualified for careers in either academia or industry, with the mobility component further contributing to their future employability.
COSINE is a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Innovative Training Network directly addressing the need for high-level training and career paths in theoretical/computational chemistry with special emphasis on computational spectroscopy, which has become an important scientific pillar in chemical research. COSINE aims at devising novel theoretical tools and computational codes rooted in electronic structure theory for the investigation of organic photochemistry to enable accurate simulation of spectroscopic experiments on the computer. COSINE is coordinated by Heidelberg University (Germany) and involves, beside SDU and
Heidelberg, KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, LMU-Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich, the SNS-Scuola Normale Superiore in Pisa, ENSCP-École Nationale Supérieure de Chimie de Paris, NTNU-Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim and DTU – Technical University of Denmark.
External partners in the project for secondments and training are Electro-magnetic Geoservice ASA (Norway), Elettra-Sincrotrone Trieste S.C.p.A. (Italy), eXact Lab SRL (Italy), BioTools Inc. (USA), Dell S.p.A. (Italy), NVIDIA (Germany), PDC Center for High Performance Computing (Sweden) and the Department of Chemical and Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of Trieste (Italy).
Responsibilities and tasks
You will be engaged in development and application of novel in silico methodologies to investigate advanced spectroscopic effects. Both formal developments, code implementation and applications are expected. The general objectives of the project is summarized below:
The overall aim of the PhD project is to develop and implement novel methods for the description of molecular (structured) environments coupled to quantum chemistry methods thereby targeting calculation of spectroscopic properties of molecules embedded in complex environments such as a solvent, surface or protein. By developing such multi-scale methods, we are able not only to describe the spectroscopic probe accurately, but also to include environmental and dynamical effects into the quantum chemistry calculations.
The developed methods will build upon polarizable embedding approaches, which recently have been designed to address excited states as well as their properties in the framework of response theories.
Extended stays and/or secondments at (at least) one of the other COSINE research groups and external partners and participation to the network activities of the training programme are mandatory.
We seek a highly motivated, talented student with interest in theoretical and computational chemistry. Strong background in physical chemistry, quantum mechanics, theoretical chemistry and/or physics, applied mathematics or computer science is an advantage. A Master’s degree in chemistry, physics, mathematics, or related fields is required by the start of the PhD programme (indicatively 1 September 2018), but is not necessary at the time of application.
The applicants should strive towards scientific excellence, be ambitious and hardworking. Good communication skills in both written and spoken English are expected. Due to the regulations of the Marie Skłodowska-Curie programme, mobility is mandatory: the candidates must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in Denmark for more than twelve months during the three years prior to the recruitment date (indicatively 1 September 2018). Compulsory national service and/or short stays such as holidays are not taken into account. For refugees under the Geneva Convention (1951 Refugee Convention and the 1967 Protocol), the refugee procedure (i.e. before refugee status is conferred) will not be counted as ‘period of residence/activity in the country of the beneficiary’.
Also, the position is reserved for Early Stage researchers: the candidates must, at the time of recruitment, be in the first four years (full-time equivalent research experience) of their research careers and must not have been awarded a doctoral degree. Full-Time Equivalent Research Experience is measured from the date when a researcher obtained the degree which would formally entitle him/her to embark on a doctorate, either in the country in which the degree was obtained or in the country in which the researcher is recruited or seconded, irrespective of whether or not a doctorate is or was ever envisaged.
Approval and Enrolment
The scholarship for the PhD degree is subject to academic approval, and the candidate will be enrolled in one of the general degree programmes of SDU.
The recruitment procedure comprises two steps: Assessment by Professor Jacob Kongsted and the other node leaders and members of the COSINE supervisory board at a recruitment meeting in Heidelberg, as well as formal acceptance as PhD student at SDU. Passing both steps is mandatory.
We offer an interesting and challenging job in an international environment focusing on education, research, public-sector consultancy and innovation, which contribute to enhancing the economy and improving social welfare. We strive for academic excellence, collegial respect and freedom tempered by responsibility.
Salary and appointment terms
The salary is in accordance with the standardized EU rules for Marie Skłodowska-Curie ETN fellows. The appointment terms are consistent with the current rules for PhD degrees students. The period of employment is three years. The expected starting date is 1 September 2018 or as soon as possible thereafter.
Further information may be obtained from Professor Jacob Kongsted, tel.: +45 65502304, e-mail: email@example.com.
Please choose link for additional information on the COSINE network.
Please submit your application no later than 30 April 2018. Later applications will only be considered if not all positions are filled during the recruiting meeting. Applications must be submitted in English as one PDF file containing all materials to be given consideration by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The file must include:
• A letter motivating the application (cover letter)
• Curriculum vitae
• Grade transcripts and BSc/MSc diploma
Candidates may apply prior to obtaining their master’s degree, but cannot begin before having received it. Please specify in the motivation letter that you are applying for one of the COSINE positions at SDU – Node 5.
All interested candidates irrespective of age, gender, race, disability, religion or ethnic background are encouraged to apply.
Further information about the PhD-study can be found at the homepage of the University.
Further information for international applicants considering applying for a job at the University of Southern Denmark. Please take a look at the webpage from our International Staff Office (ISO) at The University of Southern Denmark.
Deadline: 30 April 2018
Unit: The Faculty of Science
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Post expires on Monday April 30th, 2018