PhD Scholarship Position in Theoretical and Computational Materials Physics

International students are invited for a PhD scholarship in condensed matter physics at Chalmers University of Technology. The funds for this position are available for five years. Applications should be sent before September 01, 2019.

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Information about the division and the project

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. A strong tradition of fruitful collaboration with experimentalist, both locally and internationally, has been developed. Many of our research activities concerns materials of interest for energy related applications and we have developed rewarding collaborations with industry. At the moment the division comprises two faculty members, one assistant professor, seven PhD students, four post-docs, and one project workers. We strive for providing a stimulating, motivating, and collaborative research environment.

The PhD project aims towards fundamental and theoretical understanding of the mechanism for proton, ion and electron/hole conduction in solid oxides. It focuses on defect related properties and on nanosized structures with high interfacial density. The work will be based on first-principles density-functional theory calculations on high performance computing facilities. The atomistic modeling activities will cover quantum mechanical approaches combined with statistical thermodynamic modeling techniques. The ultimate goal of the research is to contribute to the design of advanced energy relevant material based on the achieved understanding of the fundamental mechanisms operating in these systems. The project is supported by the Swedish Energy Agency and the modelling work is of relevance for companies as the CoorsTek Membrane Sciences in Oslo.

Major responsibilities

Your major responsibility is to pursue your own doctoral studies. You are expected to develop your own scientific concepts and communicate the results of your research verbally and in writing. The position generally also includes teaching on Chalmers’ undergraduate level or performing other duties corresponding to a maximum of 20% of working hours.

Full-time temporary employment.The position is limited to a maximum of five years.


You should hold a master’s level degree in physics (applied physics, engineering physics, materials science, 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.

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.

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Application procedure

The application should be marked with Ref 20190370 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)

- Introduce yourself

- Describe your motivation for pursuing a PhD degree (up to approximately 200 words)

- Describe your previous research fields and main research results

- Describe your future goals and future research focus

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: 1st September, 2019

Professor Gran Wahnstrm

Materials and Surface Theory

+46(0) 31-772-363


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