Khalifa University invites applications for two Postdoctoral Fellowships in Computational Physics (First-Principles Theory). The position is initially limited to one year. Depending on the performance, extension up to two/three years is possible. The selected postdoctoral fellow will work on the following research projects.
1. Valleytronics in two-dimensional heterostructures
2. Theoretical investigation of thermoelectric properties of two-dimensional materials
About the University
The newly-established Khalifa University of Science and Technology (KU) combines the Masdar Institute of Science and Technology (MI), the Khalifa University of Science, Technology and Research (KUSTAR) and the Petroleum Institute (PI) into one world-class, research-intensive institution, seamlessly integrating research and education to produce world leaders and critical thinkers in applied science and engineering. Khalifa University endeavors to be a leader among research-intensive universities of the 21st century while catalyzing the growth of Abu Dhabi and the UAE’s rapidly developing knowledge economy.
To provide high-quality research support and undertake internationally competitive research aimed at publication thereby contributing to the academic and research mission of the University. Since the Postdoctoral, experience is transitional to becoming an independent researcher or faculty member, the Postdoctoral tries their best to acquire the varied skills necessary to advance their career with guidance from the advisor. These skills include, but are not limited to, the ability to present research plans and findings in a convincing style, both in oral and written modes of communication, the ability to understand research group management and supervision of others, the ability to establish contacts and network with colleagues pursuing a similar research agenda, the ability to organize and teach a class or a course if more inclined towards a teaching career
The successful applicant is expected to perform first-principles calculations and be closely involved with experimental groups. The candidate must have the ability to manage their workload and research data and to publish scientific results promptly.
The candidate should take some responsibility for Master/Ph.D. students’ supervision and project management
Required Qualification for valleytronics project
Applicants must have a recent Ph.D. in Physics or Material Science with a solid background in calculating the electronic and magnetic properties of materials. Extensive expertise with and thorough knowledge of first-principles density-functional methods, electronic-structure theory, and either VASP or Quantum Espresso is essential.
Required Qualification for thermoelectric project
Applicants must have a recent Ph.D. in Physics/Material Science /Nanoscience chemistry/ or related discipline with a solid background in calculating the electronic and thermal transport properties of low dimensional materials. Extensive expertise with and thorough knowledge of first-principles density-functional methods (VASP or Quantum Espresso), Phonon calculations, and Boltzmann transport formalism is essential.
Candidates should have publications in reputed journals. The expertise of magnetism and the lattice dynamics of two-dimensional material will be a plus. In addition, experience with molecular-dynamics simulations, and previous collaborations with experimentalists are highly beneficial. You should be inventive and have an independent research attitude. The candidate should have high proficiency with LINUX and Python with an ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing, and able to work independently and willing to collaborate with members of the team.
How to Apply
Applications (CV+ research statement) should be submitted by e-mail Nirpendra.Singh@ku.ac.ae
Please use the subject PDF-2020-Project-Name and mention the preferred starting date.