The Compunet Research Line coordinated by Prof. Andrea Cavalli at Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (IIT) in Genoa is opening a postdoctoral position with focus on computational modeling of nanostructured materials for energy applications.
The candidate to this position will be engaged in research involving the theoretical and computational modeling of organohalide perovskites and their application in solar cells and optoelectronic devices in general. Organohalide perovskites (e.g. methylammonium lead iodide) have recently emerged as a new class of outstanding solution-processed materials to fabricate high efficiency/low cost solar cells and optoelectronic devices. Despite the swift surge of perovskite solar cells, the field is still lacking an in-depth, atomistic understanding of the peculiar materials and interfacial properties that lead to such unprecedentedly high performances. The job will mainly involve simulation of the pristine materials in the form of bulk and various nanostructures and related heterointerfaces with prototype n- and p-type substrates such as TiO2, fullerene and hole transporters. The employed methods will be mainly rooted onto DFT, plane-wave pseudopotential approaches; DFT-based molecular dynamics (e.g. Car-Parrinello) and GW methods including spin-orbit coupling. A strong interaction with experimental activities carried out in the framework of various international collaborations is also envisaged.
The successful candidate will work with Prof Andrea Cavalli and Dr Filippo De Angelis carrying out research activities at the CLHYO (www.clhyo.org) at CNR-ISTM, Perugia, Italy.
Requirements will be:
- A PhD in Chemistry, Physics or Materials science
- High motivation, autonomous, result oriented, able to work in a team
- Proven ability and experience in modelling nanostructured materials and their structural, electronic and optical properties for clean energy applications (e.g fuel cells, photocatalysis, solar cells etc. )
- Strong expertise in DFT, Ab Initio Molecular Dynamics and possibly GW methods
- Fluency in English
Salary will be internationally competitive and commensurate with the candidate’s experience.
Applicants are invited to send a cover letter stating research goals, curriculum vitae and names of 2 referees to firstname.lastname@example.org quoting “Post Doc CB 74251” in the subject line.
Please apply by August 31, 2017.
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