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BCMATERIALS – Basque Centre for Materials, Applications and Nanostructures

Post-doctoral position: Computational Nanochemistry

Research Field: Chemistry 
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Job Summary

We are seeking a Postdoctoral fellow to join our research team to design in-silico using Density Functional Theory an array of novel colloidal Quantum Dots (QDs) for high performance radiation detectors, with particular emphasis on double beta decay. This rare nuclear process if proceeds without neutrino emission can establish neutrinos as Majorana particles and explain the asymmetry of the universe.

The work will be carried out at BCMaterials in Ivan Infante’s computational group. This project has been funded by the European Commission within the EIC-Pathfinder Open with title: “Hybrid Nanocomposite Scintillators for Transformational Breakthroughs in Radiation Detection and Neutrino Research” (UNICORN). This project has funds for a 2-year post-doctoral position.

A competitive salary will be offered.

Job Description

Skills and Requirements:
- The candidate must have a PhD in Materials Science, Chemistry, Physics or related areas.
- A background in computational chemistry is desirable but not compulsory. Knowledge in the modelling of QDs is also required.
- Proficiency in speaking and writing in English.
- Self-motivated and ability to work in a team and willing to coordinate the research in a particular topic.
- A high level of motivation and independent thinking abilities.
- Ability and eagerness to learn new skills outside own discipline
- Presentation skills and able to meet the deadline are also required.

Work Program / Duties / Responsibilities:
The Postdoctoral candidate's primary focus will be on studying the electronic structure and optical behavior of quantum dots (QDs), along with how these properties interact with ligands. This will involve a detailed analysis of the electronic structure, investigating how doping alters these properties, the impact of surface termination, and the role of surface traps. To achieve this, the candidate will use density functional theory (DFT) calculations. These calculations are crucial for predicting the strength of optical transitions in new compounds and determining the exact energy level of dopants in quantum dots. This information is vital for advancing our quantum dot engineering projects
The Postdoc will be incorporated at BCMaterials at the Computational Materials Science transverse lines under the supervision of Ivan Infante, Ikerbasque Research Professors.

The candidate will be in close contact with several renown international groups in the field of QDs, in Europe and the rest of the world.


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Job Details

Type of Contract Temporary 
Status Full-time 
Hours Per Week 40  
Company/Institute BCMATERIALS - Basque Center for Materials, Applications and Nanostructures 
Country SPAIN 
State/Province Bizkaia 
City Leioa 

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Organization BCMATERIALS – Basque Centre for Materials, Applications and Nanostructures 
Organization/Institution Type Research Laboratory 
Faculty/Department/Research Lab  
Country SPAIN 
City Leioa 
State/Province Bizkaia 
Postal Code 48940 
Street Building Martina Casiano – 3rd. Floor, UPV/EHU Science Park, B. Sarriena s/n 
Phone +34 946128811 
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Application Details

Envisaged Job Starting Date 2024-06-25 
Application Deadline 2024-07-21 
How To Apply