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PhD position at University of Zurich (Switzerland)

A 4-year PhD student position is available in the Department of Chemistry at University of Zurich (Switzerland). Our group ( ) focuses on computational methods at the interface of chemistry, biology, physics, and materials science. In particular we are interested in a more accurate, realistic modelling of compounds using e.g. dynamic first-principles methods. 

About the project:

The PhD project will deal with development and application of novel, accurate approaches for spectroscopy and/or study of functional compounds (e.g. for environmentally friendly hydrogen production). Possible directions for the project are the development of novel spectroscopic tools by means of forefront dynamic approaches, and highly accurate (wavefunction-based) methods for complex systems such as catalysts in the framework of sustainable energy research. The project(s) may be carried out in close collaboration with experimental or other computational groups.

Your profile:

The candidate must hold an excellent Master's degree in chemistry, interdisciplinary natural sciences, physics, or related, and have profound English and autonomous learning ability skills. The successful candidate will be highly creative, ambitious, and motivated. Strong programming skills and very good knowledge about electronic structure theory, (ab initio) molecular dynamics and/or catalysis are an advantage.

What we offer:

We offer a vibrant, inspiring environment in a brand-new building with cutting-edge resources and research, access to world-leading supercomputers, and high-profile interdisciplinary collaborations. Start date: by agreement.

How to apply:

Interested applicants are encouraged to send their application documents (cover letter, CV, diplomas, description of research experience and motivation, names of at least two academic references) as one pdf document per e-mail to Prof. Sandra Luber ([email protected]). The pdf should also include a one-page statement discussing one or two publications of the group with respect to what the applicant finds particularly interesting and what could be possible future improvements of the research described in the publication(s).

For further information, please contact 

Prof. Dr. Sandra Luber
University of Zurich, Department of Chemistry
Winterthurerstrasse 190 (Irchel Campus)
8057 Zurich