PhD Scholarship on Novel Response Methods for Challenging Phenomena

DTU Kemi
onsdag 07 jun 17

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Frist 4. august 2017
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A 3-year PhD scholarship in theoretical chemistry and computational spectroscopy is available at the Department of Chemistry. The project will be under supervision of Prof. Sonia Coriani and is starting September 1st, 2017 or as soon as possible thereafter. The successful candidate will join the newly started research team led by Prof. Coriani, which is part of the Theoretical, Computational and Femto-chemistry group.
Spectroscopy, or in general the study of the interaction of matter with light, is one of the most powerful means of gaining information about the molecular world. The desired information, however, is not given directly, but is encoded in the measured spectra, often in a complicated way. Computational simulations of the measured spectra are essential to help ``break the code’’ and obtain a deeper understanding of what is going on. They require both reliable mathematical models of the underlying interactions and their efficient implementation in computational tools.

The PhD project is directed towards the development and application of reliable quantum chemical methods and computational protocols to model and interpret cutting-edge spectroscopic experiments, also with reference to present and future experiments carried out at highly advanced FEL and synchrotron installations. Special focus is on core spectroscopies (x-ray region), photoionization and photoelectron spectroscopy, and magnetically induced/chiral effects. Both wave-function based, in particular coupled cluster, and density-functional-theory based approaches will be explored.
The successful candidate should have a Master’s degree in chemistry/physics with a focus on theoretical chemistry (quantum chemistry/computational chemistry/electronic structure theory). Experience with method development within correlated ab initio wave-function ansatzes and/or density functional theory is appreciated. Most importantly, the candidate should be highly motivated, able to work independently and should be confident in both written and spoken English. The applicant should strive towards scientific excellence, be ambitious, responsible and hard working.
Approval and Enrolment
The scholarships for the PhD degree are subject to academic approval, and the candidates will be enrolled in one of the general degree programmes of DTU. For information about the general requirements for enrolment and the general planning of the scholarship studies, please see the DTU PhD Guide.
We offer
We offer an interesting and challenging job in an international environment focusing on education, research, scientific advice and innovation, which contribute to enhancing the economy and improving social welfare. We strive for academic excellence, collegial respect and freedom tempered by responsibility. The Technical University of Denmark (DTU) is a leading technical university in northern Europe and benchmarks with the best universities in the world.
Salary and appointment terms
The salary and appointment terms are following the current rules for PhD degree students. The period of employment for PhD student is 3 years.
Further information
Further questions about the project should be directed to Professor Sonia Coriani, email: 

Please submit your online application no later than 4 August 2017.
Applications must be submitted as one pdf file containing all materials to be given consideration. To apply, please open the link "Apply online," fill in the online application form, and attach all your materials in English in one pdf file. The file must include:

  • A letter motivating the application (cover letter)
  • Curriculum vitae (including a list of publications, if any)
  • Grade transcripts and BSc/MSc diploma
  • At least one recommendation letter from previous supervisor(s)
  • Excel sheet with translation of grades to the Danish grading system (see guidelines and excel spreadsheet here)
Candidates may apply prior to obtaining their master's degree, but cannot begin before having received it.

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

DTU is a technical university providing internationally leading research, education, innovation and scientific advice. Our staff of 5,800 advance science and technology to create innovative solutions that meet the demands of society; and our 10,600 students are being educated to address the technological challenges of the future. DTU is an independent academic university collaborating globally with business, industry, government, and public agencies.