[20121231] PhD positions in Dynamical processes in Open Quantum Systems (DYNamo ERC project)

Applications are invited for 1 year PhD positions link to a five year project on the topic of Dynamical processes in open quantum systems as part of an European Research Council Advanced grant (DYNamo project). The project will be conducted between the NanoBio Spectroscopy Group and ETSF Scientific Development Centre in Spain and the Theory group of the Fritz-Haber-Institut in Berlin. The aim of the research project is to develop new concepts for understanding, identifying, and quantifying the different contributions to energy harvesting and storage as well as describing transport mechanisms in natural light harvesting complexes, photovoltaic materials, fluorescent proteins and artificial (nanostructured) devices by means of theories of open quantum systems, non-equilibrium processes and electronic structure.

Job Description

We are looking for highly qualified candidates from Physics, Chemistry, and Materials Science at student level. These Ph.D. students must hold a Masters Degree (diploma) requiring the completion of a master thesis or equivalent. A strong background in theoretical condensed matter physics, chemistry or biology is desirable. Previous experience using quantum mechanical methods and atomistic simulations and proficiency in scientific programming are essential.

The successful candidate will work on one (or more) of the following general topics linked to the ERC-DYNamo project:

* Methodological development and application of the theories of open quantum systems and quantum optimal control within time-dependent-density functional theory (TDDFT)and many-body formalisms.
* New functional development within DFT, TDDFT and reduced-density-matrix theory (RDMFT).
* Control/tailor molecular response functions and selective photo-dissociation
* Excitonic energy transfer: metal-oxide hybrids and artificial photosynthesis
* Photocatalysis
* Photo-physics of fluorescent proteins
* Nanocapillarity
* Thermal transport

Applications and further information inquiries should be addressed to Dr. Angel Rubio (contact details below) and manager-nano-bio@ehu.es

Applications should include a letter of motivation, a curriculum vitae, a list of publications, a summary of past accomplishments, and the full contact details of 2 referees (or letters of recommendation).

Information about the group activities is provided at

Dr. Angel Rubio
NanoBio Spectroscopy Group and ETSF Scientific Development Centre
Department of Materials Science, Faculty of Chemistry
University of the Basque Country UPV/EHU
Centro Joxe Mari Korta, Avenida de Tolosa, 72,
E-20018 Donostia-San Sebastian, Spain

Tel. : + 34 943 01 8292 (CSIC 8818) Fax : + 34 943 01 8390
Tel. : + 34 943 01 8534 (Manager)
email: Angel.Rubio@ehu.es