Postdoc in Theoretical Tools for Simulating Multidimensional Spectroscopies
Royal Institute of Technology School of Engineering Sciences in Chemistry, Biotechnology and Health

Postdoc Position in Theoretical Tools for Simulating Multidimensional Spectroscopies

School of Engineering Sciences in Chemistry, Biotechnology and Health at KTH

KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm has grown to become one of Europe’s leading technical and engineering universities, as well as a key centre of intellectual talent and innovation. We are Sweden’s largest technical research and learning institution and home to students, researchers and faculty from around the world. Our research and education covers a wide area including natural sciences and all branches of engineering, as well as architecture, industrial management, urban planning, history and philosophy.

Department of Theoretical Chemistry and Biology (TCB) is now looking for a post doctor that can join Nanna Holmgaard Lists group of scientists. TCB conducts applied theoretical research in several important areas including photoinduced dynamics, catalysis, spectroscopy, nanoparticle sciences, supramolecular chemistry, and biochemistry. This research is solidly anchored in real-world activities at the research forefront through our wide network of local, national, and international experimental research groups.
The position is placed at School of Engineering Sciences in Chemistry, Biotechnology and Health. CBH is one of the five schools of KTH and a strong constellation for research and education in the broader areas of health, environment, energy and materials.

Job description

Photoinduced electron, proton and energy transport in molecules and materials is the functional core of many biological and engineered processes such as light-harvesting, photosynthesis, charge-separation in photovoltaic devices and photomechanical switching. Although the photons couple directly with the electrons in these processes, it is the intricate interplay of the electrons and nuclei that dictates the directionality and efficiency of the energy and charge exchange. New and emerging time-resolved and multidimensional X-ray/optical techniques open the doors to directly probe the underlying ultrafast coupled electron–nuclear dynamics. In other words, they encode explanations of how such photo-induced processes work. However, decoding the experiments relies critically on a close synergy with theory and simulation.

You will develop and use new theoretical tools to simulate, interpret and ultimately predict the associated spectral fingerprints of light-driven molecular processes. We will follow alternative theoretical perspectives with a two-fold aim: (i) to develop new fundamental insight into light–matter interactions and the inner workings of photoinduced processes and (ii) to explore possible practical routes to overcome existing methodological and computational bottlenecks in current state-of-the-art approaches.

What we offer

  • A position at a leading technical university that generates knowledge and skills for a sustainable future.
  • Engaged and ambitious colleagues along with a creative, international and dynamic working environment
  • Exciting work with international collaborations
  • A workplace in the heart of Stockholm – a city of culture located close to the nature.
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  • A doctoral degree or an equivalent foreign degree, obtained within the last three years prior to the application deadline (With some exceptions for special reasons such as periods of sick or parental leave, kindly indicate if such reasons exists in your resume)
  • Advanced knowledge of quantum chemistry/quantum mechanics and molecular physics, basic electrodynamics
  • Experience in advanced theoretical modeling
  • Proven skills in terms of scientific publications in peer-reviewed journals as well as experience with theory and code developments for the simulation of dynamical processes and/or spectroscopic properties of molecules
  • Ability to work both independently and as part of a diverse team
  • Good knowledge of English in speech and writing is necessary to publish and present research results.
  • Awareness of diversity and equal opportunity issues, with specific focus on gender equality

Preferred qualifications

  • C++ and Python programming languages
  • A keen interest in knowledge sharing

Great emphasis will be placed on personal competency.

Trade union representatives

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About the employment

The position offered is for, at the most, two years.The starting date is flexible but expected to be latest April 1, 2022.

A position as a postdoctoral fellow is a time-limited qualified appointment focusing mainly on research, intended as a first career step after a dissertation.


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Disclaimer: In case of discrepancy between the Swedish original and the English translation of the job announcement, the Swedish version takes precedence.

Type of employment Temporary position longer than 6 months
Contract type Full time
First day of employment 2022-03-01 or by agreement
Salary Monthly salary
Number of positions 1
Working hours 100
City Stockholm
County Stockholms län
Country Sweden
Reference number C-2021-2498
Nanna Holmgaard List,
Published 20.Dec.2021
Last application date 31.Jan.2022 11:59 PM CET

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