PhD Position Theoretical Chemistry (1.0 FTE)

University of Groningen




Founded in 1614, the University of Groningen enjoys an international reputation as a dynamic and innovative institution of higher education offering high-quality teaching and research. Flexible study programmes and academic career opportunities in a wide variety of disciplines encourage the 31,000 students and researchers alike to develop their own individual talents. As one of the best research universities in Europe, we join forces with other top universities and networks worldwide to become a truly global centre of knowledge.

We are looking for an enthusiast PhD candidate within the Zernike Institute for Advanced Materials. We are one of the leading institutes in the field of materials science. Our goal is to design, build and connect nanostructured and (bio)functional materials to achieve unprecedented functionality.

Job Description

You will work on the development and application of hybrid quantum/classical dynamical simulations to study light-induced processes (excited-state dynamics) in biomolecules and novel materials. This will be done in the context of direct (on-the-fly) quantum dynamic by mean of the variational Multi-Configuration Gaussian (vMCG) approach that is implemented in Quantics software, in conjunction with Q-Chem, a quantum chemistry software, as well as Gromacs, a molecular mechanics software.

You carry out your research according to the approved research proposal (>75% of the time), will follow a training programme in accordance with the requirements of the Groningen Graduate School of Science and Engineering (10 15%), and will be involved in teaching and/or the supervision of students (10%). The GGSE training includes writing an introductory essay, following courses, workshops and/or summer schools, and actively participating in conferences (including at least one oral presentation). At the start of the employment, your promotor and you will decide in consultation about your teaching activities. Training as well as teaching responsibilities are laid down in a personal training and supervision plan.

You are expected to complete a doctoral dissertation within 4 years. A dissertation consists of, at minimum, a general introduction, several chapters reporting experimental or theoretical research and a synthesis. Generally, the chapters are of publishable quality, and at least some chapters have already been submitted to scientific journals or even published.


You have:
• a master degree in Physics or Chemistry
• strong background in chemistry and fundamental physics
• experience in electronic structure theory, computational quantum/classical dynamics, and good knowledge of programming tools are desirable
• affinity with teaching; individuals with actual teaching experience will be favoured
• an excellent command of English
• excellent interpersonal skills (indicated by the ability to work in a team, write scientific papers and deliver presentations).

Conditions of Employment

We offer you in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities:
• a salary of € 2,325 gross per month in the first year, up to a maximum of € 2,972 gross per month for a full-time working week in the fourth and final year
• a full-time position (1.0 FTE)
• a holiday allowance of 8% gross annual income
• an 8.3% end-of-the-year allowance
• the position has a duration to a period of 4 years; a PhD training programme is part of the agreement and you enrol in the Graduate School of Science and Engineering.

You will get a temporary position of one year with the option of renewal for another three years. Prolongation of the contract is contingent on sufficient progress in the first year to indicate that you will successfully complete your PhD thesis within the next three years.

Do you meet our qualification criteria? If yes, your application should include:
• a motivation letter including contact information of three academic referees
• a curriculum vitae
• a list of marks or results belonging to the bachelor and master degree (combine these into one file with the English language test)
• a letter of reference/ recommendation relevant for academic performance
• contact information of three academic referees.

You may apply for this position until 30 May 11.59pm / before 31 May 2019 Dutch local time (CEST) by means of the application form (click on "Apply" below on the advertisement on the university website).

Starting date: 1 September/October 2019

Interviews with the selected candidates will take place in the second week of July 2019.

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our University. We are committed to building a diverse faculty so you are encouraged to apply. Our selection procedure follows the guidelines of the Recruitment code (NVP), and European Commission's European Code of Conduct for recruitment of researchers,

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