PhD Scholarship Position Gothenburg Physics Centre at Chalmers University of Technology

Chalmers University of Technology has an opening PhD position in condensed matter physics. The initial contract for this position is five years. The deadline for applying is December 31, 2018.

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Information about the Materials and Surface Theory group

The Materials and Surface Theory group at the Department of Physics focuses on the application of electronic structure and atomic scale simulation methods to address current problems in materials science. The work in the group is characterized by a strong interplay between fundamental and applied research. It involves both methodological developments and applications to real systems. Over many years we have developed a strong tradition of fruitful collaboration with experimentalists, both locally and internationally. Many of our research activities concern materials of interest for energy related applications and we have developed rewarding collaborations with industry. At the moment the division comprises two faculty members, seven PhD students, three post-docs, and one project worker. We strive for providing a stimulating, motivating, and collaborative research environment.

The present project focuses on the development and application of theoretical and computational techniques for understanding thermal transport processes in condensed matter systems at the atomic scale. It will comprise the construction of atomic scale models and their application in the computation of transport properties. This approach will be applied to different classes of materials including oxides as well as two-dimensional materials. The project is funded by a Wallenberg Academy Fellowship, which has the objective to develop a systematic modeling approach for describing the coupling between electrical and thermal transport properties (electrical and thermal conductivity, Seebeck coefficient etc.) and microstructure.

Major responsibilities

During the PhD project you will develop methods and tools for the construction and analysis of high-order force constant expansions. Using these techniques you will then investigate in a detail thermal transport properties in oxide as well as layered (van-der-Waals) materials with energy related applications. As part of the project, you will be expected to communicate research results both orally at international conferences and in writing in scientific journals. You will be expected to employ and contribute to the continued development of our in-house codes.

Full-time temporary employment. The employment is composed of a maximum of four years full-time of doctoral studies plus a maximum of one year of computational user support within atomic scale simulation, equivalent to a maximum of 20 % of the total working time. The employment is thus limited to a maximum of five years. The employment is tied to successful completion of department evaluations after one and three years.


You should hold a master’s level degree in physics (applied physics, engineering physics, materials physics, chemical physics) or an equivalent degree, with a sound knowledge and interest in condensed matter physics, materials physics and computational physics. You should have a strong interest in computational modeling. Experience in electronic structure calculations and/or atomistic simulations is a clear asset, as well as experience with compiled and interpreted computer languages such as C, C++ and python.

The position requires good communication skills in written and spoken English. If you do not have English or a Scandinavian language as your mother tongue you need to provide documentation of good communication skills in English, typically evidenced by an English language test, for example TOEFL 550 (paper-based)/TOEFL 213 (computer-based), and/or exemplified during the interview process prior to admission. Chalmers offers Swedish courses.

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Application procedure

The application should be marked with Ref 20180671 and written in English.

CV: (Please name the document: CV, Family name, Ref. number)


Other, for example previous employments or leadership qualifications and positions of trust.

Two references that we can contact.

Personal letter: (Please name the document as: Personal letter, Family name, Ref. number)

1-3 pages where you introduce yourself and present your qualifications.

Previous research fields and main research results.

Future goals and research focus.Are there any specific projects and research issues you are primarily interested in?

Copies of bachelor and/or master's thesis.

Attested copies and transcripts of completed education, grades and other certificates, eg. TOEFL test results.

Application deadline: 31 December, 2018

Associate Professor Paul Erhart, Materials and Surface Theory


Phone: +46 31-772-3669


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