University of Luxembourg

PhD student position on computational spectroscopy of 2D materials

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The University of Luxembourg is an international research university with a distinctly multilingual and interdisciplinary character. The University was founded in 2003 and counts more than 6,700 students and more than 2,000 employees from around the world. The University’s faculties and interdisciplinary centres focuson research in the areasof Computer Science and ICT Security, Materials Science, European and International Law, Finance and Financial Innovation, Education, Contemporary and Digital History. In addition, the University focuses on cross-disciplinary research in the areas of Data Modelling and Simulation as well as Health and System Biomedicine. Times Higher Education ranks the University of Luxembourg #3 worldwide for its “international outlook,” #20 in the Young University Ranking 2021 and among the top 250 universities worldwide.

The Faculty of Science, Technology and Medicine (FSTM) contributes multidisciplinary expertise in the fields of MathematicsPhysicsEngineeringComputer ScienceLife Sciences and Medicine. Throughits dual mission of teaching and research, the FSTM seeks to generate and disseminate knowledge and train new generations of responsible citizens, in order to better understand, explain and advance society and environment we live in.

Your Role...

A PhD student position in Theoretical/Computational Solid-State Physics is available in the group of Prof. Ludger Wirtz at the Department of Physics and Materials Science, University of Luxembourg. The group uses and develops electronic structure methods for the description of electronic excitations in novel materials. A special focus lies on 2D materials and their application for light-harvesting and light emission. The research project will be on the role of electron-phonon coupling in spectroscopy. It will focus on the development of new methodologies and their applications to phonon-assisted luminescence and Raman spectroscopy. The project takes place in collaboration with partner groups of the European Theoretical Spectroscopy Facility ( Dr. Fulvio Paleari (Modena), Dr. Claudio Attaccalite (Marseille), Dr. Sven Reichardt (Luxembourg).

What we expect from you…

  • Master’s degree in physics, materials science, or a related field (or expecting to graduate soon)
  • Background in programming and usage of ab-initio electronic structure codes
  • Ability to work effectively in a team and good communication skills (oral and written)
  • Prior knowledge of the methods of many-body perturbation theory (in particular the GW approximation and the Bethe-Salpeter-Equation) is a plus

In Short...

  • Contract Type: Fixed Term Contract 36 Month (extendable upt to 48 months if required)
  • Work Hours: Full Time 40.0 Hours per Week
  • Employee and student status
  • Location: Limpertsberg
  • Job Reference: UOL05603 / DPHYMS

The yearly gross salary for every PhD at the UL is EUR 38979 (full time)

How to apply...

Applications should include:

  • Motivation letter
  • Cv
  • Copy of recent diplomas
  • Names of two persons willing to write a reference letter upon request

Early application is highly encouraged, as the applications will be processed upon reception. Please apply ONLINE formally through the HR system. Applications by email will not be considered.

The University of Luxembourg embraces inclusion and diversity as key values. We are fully committed to removing any discriminatory barrier related to gender, and not only, in recruitment and career progression of our staff.

In return you will get…

  • Multilingual and international character. Modern institution with a personal atmosphere. Staff coming from 90 countries. Member of the “University of the Greater Region” (UniGR). 
  • A modern and dynamic university. High-quality equipment. Close ties to the business world and to the Luxembourg labour market. A unique urban site with excellent infrastructure.
  • A partner for society and industry. Cooperation with European institutions, innovative companies, the Financial Centre and with numerous non-academic partners such as ministries, local governments, associations, NGOs …
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PhD student position on computational spectroscopy of 2D materials
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