We are looking for a PhD candidate, to work on multiscale simulations of excitation dynamics in molecular materials for sustainable energy applications.

Project description
The joint PhD position between the Theory of Polymers and Soft Matter Group and the Centre for Analysis, Scientific Computing and Applications at the Eindhoven University of Technology is available with funding from the Computational Sciences for Energy Research (CSER) programme, a joint large-scale public-private partnership in fundamental research in the energy domain between Shell and the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO). In MULTIXMAS project we will develop bottom-up simulations of charge/exciton dynamics in large-scale morphologies. Performance in, e.g., organic photovoltaics, photocatalysis, or soft thermoelectrics, is determined by multiple electronic processes, which emerge from interaction between electronic structure and nano- and mesoscale morphology. Hierarchical multiscale structure equilibration of nanomaterial will be combined with excited state electronic structure theory based on Many-Body Green’s Functions, parameter-free electron-dynamics models, and kinetic Monte Carlo. Essential method development is accompanied by the technological challenge of high-performance and high-throughput computing. A highly skilled eScience Research Engineer employed by the eScience Center in Amsterdam will be allocated to the project. The developed tools should provide a general framework for multiscale simulations of excitation dynamics in complex molecular systems, with relevance beyond energy-related applications.

Aim of the PhD project
MULTIXMAS aims at the bottom-up simulations of charge and exciton dynamics in large-scale morphologies, in order to provide the answers to the overcharging question:

What is the relation between the chemical structure and architecture of molecular building blocks, their electronic structure, the local linking and packing, the large-scale morphology and the dynamics of electronic excitations?

Qualifications of applicant
Talented, enthusiastic candidates with strong simulational skills holding a university degree (M.Sc.) in Physics, Mechanical Engineering, Materials Science, Scientific Computing, or a closely related discipline are encouraged to apply. Preferably, you should have experience with several of these topics: statistical physics and thermodynamics, computer simulation methods, quantum mechanics. Proficiency in the C++ programming language is of advantage. Good knowledge of spoken and written English is an essential asset.

Appointment details
We offer a full-time four-year PhD position at a dynamic and ambitious university, with immediate starting date. The project will be carried out at the Theory of Polymers and Soft Matter group at the Department of Applied Physics, and at the Centre for Analysis, Scientific Computing, and Applications at the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science, Eindhoven University of Technology, the Netherlands. The candidate will collaborate closely with the eScience Centre engineer and the Center for Computational Energy Research (CCER), a joint collaboration between DIFFER (Dutch Institute for Fundamental Energy Research) and Eindhoven University of Technology. More information about this PhD position can be obtained from dr. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , phone +31(0)40-247-4253 and from dr. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., phone +31(0)40-247-2205. Application documents (pdf only) should be sent by email to both addresses, including a letter of application, short description of scientific/work experiences, full curriculum vitae, transcripts of B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees, and contact information of two potential referees.

About CCER

The Center for Computational Energy Research  aims to explore pathways to future energy systems. This is done via computational simulations that complement experimental energy research. The center was founded in 2017 as the result of a joint initiative between the Department of Applied Physics of the Eindhoven University of Technology and NWO Institute DIFFER.

Center for Computational Energy Research
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