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Postdoctoral position, King's College London (UK)

Applications are invited from exceptional candidates for a Postdoctoral Research Associate position in the Department of Physics at King's College London to work on a project entitled “Universal approach to dynamics of finite and extended atomistic systems”.

The research will focus on developing a novel computational methodology to simulate the non-equilibrium and non-adiabatic electron-ion dynamics at finite temperatures of molecular and extended condensed matter systems. The approach considers quantum nuclei moving in stochastic fields representing the electrons. This recently proposed methodology [PRB 98, 014307 (2018)] combines ideas from quantum fields and many-body theories (non-equilibrium Green's functions and path-integral methods) and quantum chemistry and electronic structure theory (density functional theory). We will apply this approach to a wide class of processes ranging from molecular fragmentation in strong-field photochemistry to local heating and dissipation in nanoscale conductors.

Applicants should have a PhD in physics, chemistry or material science. They will have expertise in non-equilibrium Green function techniques (both use and development) and in code development (for instance, in fortran, c++ or python). In addition, they will have good verbal and written communication skills in English, and an excellent track record of high-quality publications. Expertise in path-integral method, and in quantum chemistry and electronic structure theory is an advantage.

Funding is available for 4 years, a performance review will be conducted at the end of the 2nd year. This is a full-time, fixed term contract for 48 months.

Salary: £38,304 – £40,414 per annum, including London Weighting Allowance

Closing date: 09-Mar-2021

Contact details: Professor Lev Kantorovich, [email protected] and Dr Nicola Bonini, [email protected]

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