PhD Position in Theoretical Chemistry

University of Zurich Department of Chemistry


Department of Chemistry

PhD Student position in Theoretical Chemistry
60 %

A 4-year PhD Student position is available in the Luber Group at the Department of Chemistry at University of Zurich (Switzerland).
Our group focuses on forefront computational methods at the interface of chemistry, biology, physics, and materials science.

Your responsibilities

The PhD project will deal with development and application of novel, accurate approaches for spectroscopy and/ or study of functional compounds. Possible directions for the project are the development of novel spectroscopic tools by means of forefront dynamic methods or highly accurate (wavefunction-based) methods for complex systems such as catalysts in the framework of sustainable energy research. The project 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. Funding for participation in conferences etc. is also available.

Place of work

University of Zurich, Winterthurerstrasse 190, 8057 Zürich, Switzerland

Start of employment

The employment start date is by agreement.
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.
The pdf can 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).

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