Postdoc in First-principles Modeling and Design of Functionalized 2D Materials

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The section for Computational Atomic-scale Materials Design (CAMD) at the Technical University of Denmark (DTU), is seeking an outstanding and highly motivated post doc within the area of first-principles modeling of atomically thin two-dimensional (2D) materials. The position is for a period of 2 years and is funded by the European Research Council (ERC).

The successful candidate will develop and apply first principles-based multiscale methods to model various physical properties (electronic, transport, topological, magnetic, and optical) of new types of 2D materials including intercalated multilayers, twisted multilayers, and heterostructures. The developed methodology will be used to perform high-throughput discovery studies with the aim of identifying experimentally realizable structures with unique and/or optimal physical properties. 

CAMD ( offers an international and scientifically stimulating working environment at the Department of Physics, DTU, located in the northern Copenhagen area. The group has strong connections to local experimental groups within the VILLUM Center for the Science of Sustainable Fuels and Chemicals ( and the Center for Nanostructured Graphene (

Substantial computational resources are available for the project through the DTU-supercomputer facility Niflheim (

Responsibilities and tasks
You will:

  • be responsible for development of new multi-scale methods for describing electronic and optical properties of general vdW heterostructures
  • engage in supervision of students at the Master and PhD levels
  • contribute to the development maintenance of the CAMD software suite for atomic-scale materials simulations
  • actively pursue collaborations with relevant experimental groups locally at DTU and internationally

Candidates should have a PhD degree or equivalent in theoretical/computational physics or chemistry. 

The successful postdoc candidate has a solid knowledge of solid state physics and practical experience with electronic structure calculations, at least at the level of density functional theory and ideally also many-body theory. Programming experience (e.g. Python, C, C++) is preferred. 

Good communication skills in both spoken and written English, are a requirement. Flexibility and self-motivation are desired skills. 

We offer
DTU is a leading technical university globally recognized for the excellence of its research, education, innovation and scientific advice. We offer a rewarding and challenging job in an international environment. We strive for academic excellence in an environment characterized by collegial respect and academic freedom tempered by responsibility.

Salary and terms of employment
The appointment will be based on the collective agreement with the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations. The allowance will be agreed upon with the relevant union. The period of employment is for two years.

The work must be carried out at DTU.

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Further information

Should you have any queries regarding the positions, please contact Professors Kristian S. Thygesen,

ou can read more about CAMD at

Application procedure
Please submit your online application no later than 1 December 2020 (local time)Applications must be submitted as one PDF file containing all materials to be given consideration. To apply, please open the link "Apply online", fill out the online application form, and attach all your materials in English in one PDF file. The file must include:

  • Application (cover letter)
  • CV
  • Diploma (MSc/PhD)
  • List of publications

Applications and enclosures received after the deadline will not be considered.

All interested candidates irrespective of age, gender, disability, race, religion or ethnic background are encouraged to apply.

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