2 PhD positions in atomistic modelling and machine learning for interfaces
in energy materials (1.0 FTE)
The Materials Chemistry and Catalysis group (MCC) at the Debye Institute for
Nanomaterials Science (DINS), Utrecht University, has immediate PhD openings
in the area of computational materials science. In these positions, you will
apply computational modeling to understand electrochemical energy storage and
conversion materials. You will work under the supervision of Assistant
Professor Nongnuch Artrith on projects involving the atomistic modeling of
surfaces and interfaces with density-functional theory (DFT) and interatomic
potentials to understand and predict the properties of electrochemical devices
such as batteries and catalysts. You will work in close collaboration with
experimental colleagues in the MCC group and at the DINS. A specific focus of
the positions will be machine learning-based techniques, including the
development of machine-learning potentials with our open-source Atomic Energy
Network (ænet) package (https:// ann.atomistic.net). N. Artrith and A.
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Urban, and N. Artrith, npj Comput. Mater. 6 (2020) 54. T. Morawietz
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Miksch, T. Morawietz, J. Kästner, A. Urban, and N. Artrith, MLST. 2
(2021) 031001. N. Artrith, K.. Butler, F.X. Coudert, S. Han, O. Isayev, A.
Jain, and A. Walsh, Nat. Chem. 13 (2021) 505–508.
Applicants should have:
a master degree in chemistry, physics, materials science, or engineering;
background knowledge in first-principles electronic structure theory;
experience in scientific programming (experience with GPUs is a plus);
excellent command of both written and spoken English.
Additional experience in one or more of the following areas will be considered
experience with periodic DFT calculations, ideally for surfaces and/or
materials for electrochemical energy storage/conversion;
application of machine learning to materials science;
automated (high-throughput) calculations.
a full-time position for 4 years;
a full-time gross salary starting at €2,395 in the first year and
increasing to €3,061 in the fourth year (scale P Collective Labour
Agreement Dutch Universities (cao));
8% holiday bonus and 8.3% end-of-year bonus;
a pension scheme, partially paid parental leave, and flexible employment
conditions based on the Collective Labour Agreement Dutch Universities.
In addition to the employment conditions laid down in the cao for Dutch
Universities, Utrecht University has a number of its own arrangements. For
example, there are agreements on professional development, leave arrangements
and sports. We also give you the opportunity to expand your terms of
employment via the Employment Conditions Selection Model. This is how we like
to encourage you to continue to grow.More information about working at the
Faculty of Science can be found here.
About the organization
The Materials Chemistry and Catalysis (MCC) group is part of the Debye
Institute for Nanomaterials Science and comprises the staff members professor
Petra de Jongh, prof. Frank de Groot, dr. Peter Ngene, dr. Jessi van der
Hoeven, dr. Nong Artrith and professor Krijn de Jong (em). Next to that our
foundation is a team of wonderful technicians, a professional secretariat, and
a great team of PhD candidates, postdocs, and MSc and BSc students. The MCC
group is both diverse and international and has access to an extensive
experimental and computational infrastructure to investigate fundamental and
applied research questions related to energy storage and conversion
materials.The Debye Institute for Nanomaterials Science (DINS) unites
physicists and chemists working together on nanomaterials for sustainability.
This research institute is part of the Faculty of Science in which there are 6
departments to make a fundamental connection with: Biology, Chemistry,
Information and Computing Sciences, Mathematics, Pharmaceutical Sciences, and
Physics.Utrecht University is a friendly and ambitious university at the heart
of an ancient city. We love to welcome new scientists to our city – a thriving
cultural hub that is consistently rated as one of the world's happiest cities.
We are renowned for our innovative interdisciplinary research and our emphasis
on inspirational research and excellent education. We are equally well-known
for our informal atmosphere and the can-do mentality of our people. This
lively and inspiring academic environment attracts professors, researchers,
and PhD candidates from all over the globe, making both the University and the
Faculty of Science a vibrant international and wonderfully diverse community.
If you have any questions that you'd like us to answer, please contact Dr.
Nongnuch Artrith (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Everyone deserves to feel at home at our university. We welcome employees with
a wide variety of backgrounds and perspectives. We value diversity in our
work environment. Candidates of all genders, ages, races, ethnicities, sexual
orientations, and disability statuses are encouraged to apply. If you have
the expertise and the experience to excel in this role, then simply respond
via the “Apply now” button!Please enclose:
your letter of motivation;
your updated curriculum vitae;
copies of your Academic Diplomas (BSc/MSc);
list of publications (if any);
the names and contact information of 2 references.
If this specific opportunity isn't for you, but you know someone else who may
be interested, please forward this vacancy to them. Please note: Due to the
current situation regarding the Coronavirus (COVID-19) the process of
selection and interviews is subject to change. Initial interviews will most
likely be conducted online. Some connections are fundamental – Be one of
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