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4 weeks ago
ykanai 4 weeks ago

We have openings for a post-doctoral researcher and a PhD student researcher in the Kanai Group at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC).

For the post-doctoral position, we seek a self-driven researcher who contributes to the mission of the newly established DOE Solar Fuel Energy Hub, CHASE (, located at UNC Chapel Hill. The $40 million DOE Energy Hub is led by UNC Chapel Hill with partner institutions (Yale, UPenn, NCSU, Emory, and Brookhaven Nat’l Lab). For the PhD student position, the candidate should be interested in pursuing a PhD in theoretical/computational chemistry that is focused on studying molecule-semiconductor interface and/or condensed phase dynamics by developing and applying first-principles computational methodologies.

Chapel Hill is frequently ranked among best places to live in the U.S., and it is part of the highly vibrant region, Research Triangle, anchored by three research universities (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Duke University, and North Carolina State University) surrounding IT and biotech companies in Research Triangle Park.

Post-doctoral (PD) position: The post-doctoral candidate must have extensive and demonstrated experience in developing and/or applying first-principles electronic structure methods for investigating extended materials and molecular systems (e.g. DFT/TDDFT, FPMD, GW/BSE, etc). Much of work will focus on solid-molecule interfaces. Experience with the use of high-performance/massively-parallel computers is expected. In addition to leading theory/computational projects of his/her own, the candidate is expected to take initiatives in working closely with other experimental and theory groups within CHASE and also to work with the CHASE PhD student in the group.

Candidates must have obtained a PhD in physics, chemistry or materials science (or a related discipline). The candidate is expected to be self-driven and highly versatile. The position is available to be filled immediately, and it is renewable yearly upon mutual agreement. The initial salary is US$47,476/year along with health insurance benefits.

Motivated candidates are invited to send

- Cover Letter including the earliest available date to start
- CV (including a list of publications and names of 2~3 references)
- Brief description of research experience

to Prof. Yosuke Kanai ([email protected]) with the subject line “PD-CHASE” by Oct. 15, 2020, for full consideration.

PhD position: The PhD position will be offered through enrolling in the highly-ranked PhD program in Chemistry at UNC (; the application deadline is in Dec. 2020. The earliest starting month possible for the PhD position is in June, 2021. The applicants are expected to have received a BS/MS degree in Chemistry, Physics, or Materials Science before the start date.

Motivated students are invited to send

- CV with relevant course works listed

- Brief description of research experience

to Prof. Yosuke Kanai ([email protected]) with the subject line “PhD-CHASE”.

Due to the large number of applications expected, we regret that we may not be able to respond to all inquiries and applications. 


Best wishes,

Yosuke Kanai (

Dept. Chemistry, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

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