PhD. position in materials engineering at the Faculty of Materials Science and Technology in Trnava (Slovak University of Technology in Bratislava)

Predictive ab initio modelling of novel magnetic and electron-correlated transition metal oxides and halides by DFT methods, evolutionary algorithms and direct phonon method


Deadline for application: May 30th, 2019

Project description:

Atomic-scale modelling of novel magnetic and electron-correlated transition metal oxides and halides by DFT methods, evolutionary algorithms and direct phonon method. The project focuses on prediction of novel materials for electronic applications and will be carried out in cooperation with parallel experimental research groups that focus on synthesis of novel materials by physical and chemical means.

Department information/Research group: The PhD student will join a young creative research team lead by dr hab. Mariana Derzsi that is part of recently created Advanced Technologies Research Institute .  The ATRI institute is situated in Trnava near Bratislava (Slovakia), at the Faculty of Materials Science and Technology of the Slovak University of Technology. The activates of the group focus on development and application of computational tools for crystal structure and properties predictions aimed towards molecular design of new electronic and multifunctional materials from ab initio. The group provides theoretical support for experimental quest for novel functional materials at the home ATRI Institute dedicated to ion-beam nanomaterial engineering. It also has an active collaboration with inorganic synthetic Laboratory of Technology of Novel Functional Materials at the University of Warsaw, Poland as well as with several other international experimental and theoretical materials research groups. The ATRI institute is a new research centre formed by young enthusiastic researchers highly dedicated to new directions in scientific and technological innovations.

What we offer: We offer 4-years long PhD studies with initial monthly salary 700 eur (+ additional bonus according to performance), services of the University campus including housing, dining, sport facilities, and assistance with agenda related to new place of work&education. The host Institute will provide full support in the candidate’s professional growth and formation of own research directions.


A suitable candidate should have: 
- master degree from physics, chemistry or related field, 
- basic knowledge of DFT methods and their applications to periodic solids (crystals),
- programming skills (should be capable of scripting),
- be familiar with Linux environment,
- he/she should be a team player, capable to work also independently,
- should be passionate about computational and theoretical techniques for materials science.

How to apply: The candidates are kindly ask to send:  their CV, master diploma with list of taken courses and obtained marks, and short motivation letter to the leader of the research group: Táto e-mailová adresa je chránená pred spamovacími robotmi. Na jej zobrazenie potrebujete mať nainštalovaný JavaScript. . We will be happy to provide any additional information on request. 

Starting date: mid September 2019
The selection of the candidates will be done in person and/or via internet video calls.

Ústav výskumu progresívnych technológií
Materiálovotechnologická fakulta STU
Jána Bottu 8857/25
917 24 Trnava
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