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Position: Postdoctoral Fellow - Theoretical Polariton Driven Photochemistry
Institution: Stockholm University
Department: Physics
Location: Stockholm, Stockholm County, Sweden
Duties: The successful candidate will develop a dynamics simulation method for a coupled many-molecule system in an optical cavity and use this method to investigate potential applications. This will involve the use excited state quantum chemistry method and their integration with a suitable nuclear dynamics technique. The candidate will implement the method in software. The second part of the project will involve the application of the developed method to a specific molecular system. The aim is to identify a cavity based photocatalytic scheme that allows for influence the decomposition pathways of environmentally relevant molecules
Requirements: Postdoctoral positions are appointed primarily for purposes of research. Applicants are expected to hold a Swedish doctoral degree or an equivalent degree from another country. A suitable background is a PhD in theoretical molecular physics or theoretical chemistry and experience with quantum chemistry methods (e.g, CASSCF, CASSPT2, or similar electronic structure methods), quantum dynamics or semi-classical molecular dynamic schemes, quantum optics, and programming in a common language (e.g. MATLAB, Fortran, Python, C++, or Julia)
   
Text: Postdoctoral Fellow in Theoretical Polariton Driven Photochemistry Ref. No. SU FV-0400-19 Apply Mail a friend Share Share Tweet at the Department of Physics . Closing date: 10 March 2019 . The Department of Physics is one of the biggest departments at the Faculty of Science and supports a broad range of basic research in experimental and theoretical physics. It has about 240 employees of which 95 are PhD students. Many have been internationally recruited. The Department is part of the AlbaNova University Center, which apart from the Department of Physics houses the Department of Astronomy, the Physics Departments at the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), and the Nordic Institute for Theoretical Physics (Nordita). Project description Manipulating the photo-reactivity of molecules can be achieved either by chemical modification, changing the environment, or by dressing the potential energy surface with specially tailored electromagnetic fields. From cavity quantum electrodynamics it is well known that an optical resonator can modify spontaneous emission of atoms via quantization of the radiation field. While this topic has been studied for a long time by scientists from atomic physics and quantum optics, more recently its potential for the control photochemical reactions has been discovered. This discovery potentially opens up new possibilities to design photonic catalysts and light-matter materials. This project will theoretically investigate the possibilities of controlling the excited state dynamics of molecules in cavities and develop new simulation techniques that properly handle coupled ensembles of molecules. Main responsibilities The successful candidate will develop a dynamics simulation method for a coupled many-molecule system in an optical cavity and use this method to investigate potential applications. This will involve the use excited state quantum chemistry method and their integration with a suitable nuclear dynamics technique. The candidate will implement the method in software. The second part of the project will involve the application of the developed method to a specific molecular system. The aim is to identify a cavity based photocatalytic scheme that allows for influence the decomposition pathways of environmentally relevant molecules. Qualification requirements Postdoctoral positions are appointed primarily for purposes of research. Applicants are expected to hold a Swedish doctoral degree or an equivalent degree from another country. Assessment criteria The degree should have been completed no more than three years before the deadline for applications. An older degree may be acceptable under special circumstances, which may involve sick leave, parental leave, clinical attachment, elected positions in trade unions, or similar. A suitable background is a PhD in theoretical molecular physics or theoretical chemistry and experience with quantum chemistry methods (e.g, CASSCF, CASSPT2, or similar electronic structure methods), quantum dynamics or semi-classical molecular dynamic schemes, quantum optics, and programming in a common language (e.g. MATLAB, Fortran, Python, C++, or Julia). Well-developed English language skills are required. The successful applicant will be selected based on documented knowledge relevant for the area of study, analytical skills, personal motivation and team working skills. Special attention will be given to research skills. The applicants are encouraged to provide supporting documents that substantiate qualifications, e.g., knowledge, skills, abilities and experience. References and interviews will be used to assess qualifications of the applicants. Terms of employment The position involves full-time employment for a maximum of two years, with the possibility of extension under special circumstances. Start date 2019-05-01 or as per agreement. Stockholm University strives to be a workplace free from discrimination and with equal opportunities for all. Contact Further information about the position can be obtained from Assistant Professor Markus Kowalewski, telephone: 46 8 5537 86 61, markus.kowalewski@fysik.su.se or the Head of the Department, Professor Sven Mannervik, mannervik@fysik.su.se . Union representatives Ingrid Lander (Saco-S), telephone: 46 708 16 26 64, saco@saco.su.se , Lisbeth Häggberg (Fackförbundet ST/Lärarförbundet), telephone: 46 8 16 40 17, st@st.su.se , and seko@seko.su.se (SEKO). Application Apply for the position at Stockholm University's recruitment system. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that the application is complete in accordance with the instructions in the job advertisement, and that it is submitted before the deadline. Please include the following information with your application Your contact details and personal data Your highest degree Your language skills Contact details for 2-3 references Important: Your academic referees should send us recommendation letters no later than application deadline, via email to: FV-0040-19.refletters@fysik.su.se and state in the subject line: SU FV-0040-19 name of the applicant. and, in addition, please include the following documents Cover letter addressing why you are interested in the field/project described in the advertisement, and what makes you suitable for the project in question CV - degrees and other completed courses, work experience and a list of publications Project proposal addressing why you are interested in the field/project described in the advertisement, and what makes you suitable for the project in question Copy of PhD diploma Publications in support of your application (no more than 3 files). The instructions for applicants are available at: Instructions - Applicants . You are welcome to apply! Stockholm University - our education and research produce results. Closing date: 10/03/2019 URL to this page https://www.su.se/english/about/working-at-su/jobs?rmpage=job&rmjob=8124&rmlang=UK Apply Back
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