3 PhD positions: Atomic scale control of energy conversion

Three PhD positions in the field of first-principles calculations and coarse-grained simulations are available at the Clausthal University of Technology and the Georg-August University, Göttingen, within the newly established Collaborative Research Center SFB 1073 ``Atomic scale control of energy conversion''.

Project A03: "Energy dissipation and transport in switchable polymer nanostructures''. This project aims at modelling and controlling energy transport across polymer-polymer and polymer-solid interfaces and in periodoc blockcopolymer nanostructures by computer simulation of coarse-grained models. The predictions of the modeling shall be quantitatively compared with experimental data in the group of Prof. Philipp Vana. The ideal candidate will have a Master degree in Physics, Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, or Polymer Science and successful experience in computer simulations of soft matter and numerical modeling. Good knowledge of English and scientific programming skills are required. Contact: Prof. Dr. Marcus Müller, email:mmueller@theorie.physik.uni-goettingen.de, Institute for Theoretical Physics, Göttingen University

Project B03: "First-principles simulations of dynamical processes in correlated oxides''. The goal of this project is to understand the dynamics of polarons at interfaces and of the polaronic microstructure in manganites. In this project first-principles electronic-structure calculations will be performed as well as, in the spirit of a multiscale approach, large-scale molecular-dynamics simulations with a simplified description of the electronic structure. The ideal candidate has a solid background in theoretical and solid state physics as well as programming experience. Contact: Prof. Dr. Peter Blöchl, email: peter.bloechl@tu-clausthal.de, Institute for Theoretical Physics, Clausthal University of Technology

Project C03: "From electron transfer to chemical energy storage: first-principles studies of correlated processes''. The goal of this project is to understand the details of the water-splitting reaction at the manganite/water interface. In this project, first principles calculations of the individual reaction steps will be performed with a particular emphasis on water fluctuations, surface reconstructions and the steps responsible for the corrosive degradation of the catalyst. Furthermore, we will also investigate the dynamics of electronic transitions in Fe4-grid compounds. The ideal candidate has a solid background in theoretical physics and/or physical chemistry as well as some programming experience. Contact: Prof. Dr. Peter Blöchl, email:peter.bloechl@tu-clausthal.de, Institute for Theoretical Physics, Clausthal University of Technology

In order to increase the ratio of female researchers in areas, where they are underrepresented, qualified women are strongly encouraged to apply. Disabled persons with the required qualification will be considered favorably.

The tentative starting date is October 1, 2013. The position will initially be limited to 1 year with the possibility of an extension. The salary will be according to - Entgeltgruppe 13 TV-L - with a minimum of 50 % of the regular work time (19.9 h per week).

Please send your application with the usual material per emailSFB1073@ump.gwdg.de until July 21, 2013 to the speaker of the Collaborative Research Centre, Prof. Dr. Christian Jooss, Friedrich-Hund-Platz 1, 37077 Göttingen. Please submit only copies, but no originals: application documents will not be returned.

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