Join - Positions (Postdoc and PhD)

The Nano bio Spectroscopy Group and the local node of the ETSF invites applications for three postdoctoral positions and two PhD positions, plus one scientist on code development and user projects activities..

The research projects will directly address fundamental problems related to the characterization of the electronic properties of complex systems. Topics to be addressed are:

  • Theoretical description of charge transport in molecular systems.
  • Quantum dots and nanotubes for quantum information applications.
  • Nanostructured materials for photovoltaic devices.
  • Postdoc position on applications to complex systems with biological interest: Our purpose is to understand the specific process of light emission by the chromophore. This will allow us to extract information about its conformation and how its environment, inside the protein, leads to changes in the emission properties (color and intensity). The latter problem suggests the investigation of new ideas beyond present TDDFT/QM/MM implementations. Our last objective is to pave the way for a completely new divide and conquer strategy, with the aim of incorporating the dynamical coupling between the optically active part of the protein, the protein itself, and the surroundings (solvent, substratum, etc.)

The work will be conducted in close relation with the theoretical groups of the NANOQUANTA network of Excellence as well as within the global framework of the European Theoretical Spectroscopy Facility (ETSF). The activities will be supported by different projects: NANOQUANTA; NANO-ERA Chemistry, Grupos Consolidados del Gobierno Vasco and Spanish MEC (Frontier Applications of Theoretical Spectroscopy: Nanostructures and Complex Systems).

Applicants for the postdoctoral position must have, or expect to obtain before the start of the work, a Ph.D. in a relevant discipline, whereas for the PhD a master or equivalent degree in a relevant discipline is required. A strong background in theoretical condensed matter science, chemistry or biology and experience with electronic structure methods are essential, and a knowledge of bio-materials or biophysics is desirable. Good knowledge and experience with DFT as well as in the development and implementation of numerical approaches are highly appreciated.

We consider applications until the positions are filled. Please send your application (either by e-mail or postal mail) as soon as possible to

Dr. Angel Rubio
European Theoretical Spectroscopy Facility (ETSF),
Dpto. Física de Materiales UPV/EHU,
Edificio Jose Mari Korta,
Avd Tolosa 71, 20018 San Sebastian. SPAIN
Phone : +34-943018292
Fax : +34-943015600
E-mail: Angel [dot] Rubio [at] ehu [dot] es

Type of appointment: contract as visiting research professor (for the postdoctoral position). The appointment is for two years with possibility of extension.