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DIPC - Donostia International Physics Center

PhD Student in "Modelling of two-dimensional materials heterostructure"

Research Field: Physics 
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Job Summary

We are currently accepting applications for the above mentioned position. This is a unique opportunity for highly motivated students recently graduated from the University in Physics or related fields to gain research experience in one of DIPC’s high-profile research teams.

Job Description

The successful candidate will have a dual role. Firstly, they will develop continuum models to describe the physics of moiré low-dimensional systems found in two-dimensional materials heterostructures. This will require close interaction with experimental partners to obtain optimal parameters for the models. Secondly, the student will collaborate with two external theory partners, Daniele Passereone at EMPA/ETH-Zurich in Switzerland and Talat Rahman at the University of Central Florida in the USA, to benchmark the results of the effective continuum models with atomistic predictions obtained via first-principle methods. In addition, the candidate will learn the Kernel Polynomial Method, a real space technique used to obtain information in lattice systems that lack translational invariance, a typical property of moiré systems.

The position needs to be filled before July 1st. Given this tight schedule, only EU nationals or applicants with a valid working permit for Spain will be considered.

The ideal candidate should have a strong understanding of condensed matter physics and knowledge of software for ab initio methods such as VASP, Quantum ESPRESSO, and/or cp2K. Proficiency in English is essential, and only candidates with a work permit within the EU and available to start by 1 July 2023 will be considered.

Contract duration: 1 year (possibility to extend up to 3 years)
Estimated annual gross salary: Salary is commensurate with qualifications and consistent with our pay scales
Target start date: 01/07/2023

We provide a highly stimulating research environment, and unique professional career development opportunities.

We offer and promote a diverse and inclusive environment and welcomes applicants regardless of age, disability, gender, nationality, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation or gender identity.

We are excited to offer a Ph.D. position in the field of condensed matter physics at the Donostia International Physics Center in Spain. This opportunity is part of the project "Analogue quantum simulations in moiré low-dimensional materials," supported by the Basque Government through the IKUR Quantum Initiative. The chosen student will work in close collaboration with Lucia Vitali's experimental group at CFM-CSIC in Donostia-San Sebastián and will be under the supervision of Dr. Karolina Milowska at CIC nanoGune, and will become a member of the Mesoscopic Electron and Photon System group led by Dr. Dario Bercioux at the DIPC.


Interested candidates should submit an updated CV and a brief statement of interest to the following application email below.

Reference letters are welcome but not indispensable.

Reference: 2023/64
Application deadline: 12/06/2023
Application email:

This project has been supported by MCIN with funding from European Union NextGenerationEU (PRTR-C17.I1)


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Job Details

Type of Contract Temporary 
Status Full-time 
Hours Per Week 40  
Company/Institute Fundación Donostia International Physics Center 
Country SPAIN 

Organization/Institute Contact Data

Organization DIPC - Donostia International Physics Center 
Organization/Institution Type Research Laboratory 
Faculty/Department/Research Lab  
Country SPAIN 
City Donostia - San Sebastian 
Postal Code E-20018 
Street Paseo Manuel de Lardizabal, 4 
Phone +34 943 01 51 21 
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Application Details

Envisaged Job Starting Date 2023-07-01 
Application Deadline 2023-06-12 
How To Apply e-mail