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PhD position in Theoretical Chemistry in the group of Carmen Herrmann at the University of Hamburg

par Nord & Ile de France - 30 novembre 2018

A PhD position in Theoretical Chemistry is available in the group of Carmen Herrmann at the University of Hamburg.

Research will focus on error control in correlated nanosystems : Predicting structures and properties from first principles is essential for designing correlated molecular systems, such as transition metal complexes, diradicals, or Kondo adsorbates. These are highly relevant for potential applications in molecular spintronics and photovoltaics. In practice, there will always be compromises between prediction accuracy and computational feasibility. The goal of this project is to develop protocols for evaluating the reliability of density functional theory and semiempirical calculations, and to apply the resulting methodology to challenging problems in molecular spintronics and related fields. The developed methodologies will be implemented in our scientific software environments, in particular the Artaios code. To a certain extent, the research can be adapted to the skills and interests of the successful applicant. The research will be done in the environment of a group with long-standing experience in first-principles molecular / nanoscale spintronics and electronics (see, e.g. Nano Lett. 16, 4960 (2016), Nature Commun. 8, 15721 (2017), J. Chem. Theory Comput. 11, 5651 (2015), Phys Rev. B 97, 035119 (2018), arXiv 1811.00569, or our full publication list :

Hamburg is a vibrant city in the north of Germany, with a long-standing history of being open to the world. Hamburg University has just scored one of the top results nationwide in Germany’s excellence initiative. Our group is part of the cluster of excellence "Centre for Ultrafast Imaging".

Applicants should have a strong interest in theoretical chemistry, a (prospective) master’s degree or equivalent in chemistry, physics, nanoscience, or a related subject, and good basic knowledge of theoretical chemistry or solid state physics. Solid English skills (both written and oral) are mandatory, knowledge of (or the willingness to learn) German is a plus.

The successful candidate is expected to assist in teaching in the Chemistry Department, which makes practical experience in chemistry a strong plus.

Applicants are asked to send (1) a CV, (2) a brief statement of research interests, (3) contact data for at least one reference, and (4) a copy of their master’s degree (or a letter from their university or supervisor stating their anticipated graduation date and a copy of their last university degree) by email to

The position is for 3 years.

Application deadline : December 13th 2018 or until the position is filled.

Earliest starting date : April 1st 2019.