PhD position on one-body reduced density matrix functional theory

PhD position on one-body reduced density matrix functional theory

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21 Jan 15 Feb Amsterdam

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We are looking for an enthusiastic candidate to help us advance one-body reduced density matrix functional theory. The one-body reduced density matrix is an extension of the density, which allows the accurate description of bond breaking processes and other near degeneracy situations which have been haunting density functional theory for decades. Would you like to be working in our multidisciplinary research group with chemists, physicists and mathematicians? Please apply at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.

Job description

The project aims to construct improved optimisation algorithms for the ground state energy minimisation (cf. SCF procedure in Kohn-Sham DFT or Hartree-Fock) and also to advance on more fundamental aspects to improve the approximate functionals.

Your duties
  • do original research in the field of Theoretical Chemistry/Physics
  • collaborate with other members of the group
  • contribute to educational programs at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
  • to supervise bachelor and master students

Specifications

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU)

Requirements

  • Master's degree in Physics or Chemistry with a strong affinity for theory/computation/mathematics, or Mathematics with a strong affinity for natural sciences
  • experience in programming
  • excellent written and oral English communication skills

Conditions of employment

Fixed-term contract: 1 year.

A challenging position in a socially involved organization. The salary will be in accordance with university regulations for academic personnel and amounts €2,395 (PhD) per month during the first year and increases to €3,061 (PhD) per month during the fourth year, based on a full-time employment. The job profile: is based on the university job ranking system and is vacant for at least 1 FTE.

The appointment will initially be for 1 year. After a satisfactory evaluation of the initial appointment, the contract will be extended for a duration of 4 years.

Additionally, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam offers excellent fringe benefits and various schemes and regulations to promote a good work/life balance, such as:
  • a maximum of 41 days of annual leave based on full-time employment
  • 8% holiday allowance
  • 8.3% end-of-year bonus
  • contribution to commuting expenses
  • optional model for designing a personalized benefits package
  • good paid parental leave scheme

Employer

The ambition of Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam is clear: to contribute to a better world through outstanding education and ground-breaking research. We strive to be a university where personal development and commitment to society play a leading role. A university where people from different disciplines and backgrounds collaborate to achieve innovations and to generate new knowledge. Our teaching and research encompass the entire spectrum of academic endeavour – from the humanities, the social sciences and the natural sciences through to the life sciences and the medical sciences.

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam is home to more than 26,000 students. We employ over 4,600 individuals. The VU campus is easily accessible and located in the heart of Amsterdam’s Zuidas district, a truly inspiring environment for teaching and research.

Diversity
We are an inclusive university community. Diversity is one of our most important values. We believe that engaging in international activities and welcoming students and staff from a wide variety of backgrounds enhances the quality of our education and research. We are always looking for people who can enrich our world with their own unique perspectives and experiences.

The Faculty of Science
The Faculty of Science inspires researchers and students to find sustainable solutions for complex societal issues. From forest fires to big data, from obesity to medicines and from molecules to the moon: our teaching and research programmes cover the full spectrum of the natural sciences. We share knowledge and experience with leading research institutes and industries, both here in the Netherlands and abroad.

Working at the Faculty of Science means working with students, PhD candidates and researchers, all with a clear focus on their field and a broad view of the world. We employ more than 1,250 staff members, and we are home to around 6,000 students.
 

Specifications

  • PhD
  • Natural sciences
  • max. 40 hours per week
  • €2395—€3061 per month
  • University graduate
  • 7054

Employer

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU)

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Location

De Boelelaan 1105, 1081 HV, Amsterdam

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