Postdoc in theoretical physics

Updated: about 1 month ago
Deadline: 03 Nov 2024

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Work assignments 

We are looking for up to two postdocs within the field of theoretical physics at the department of Theoretical Physics at the Institution of Physics, Chemistry and Biology (IFM). The positions are for a research project focused on computational simulations of thermal conductivity of nitrides and carbides at different thermodynamic conditions. The research is strongly coupled to experimental and industrial collaborations where experimentalist synthesize novel materials in diamond anvil cell using extreme high pressures and temperatures; while industrial hard coating alloys are manufactured and applied at high temperature and large stresses. The work tasks include advanced quantum mechanical simulations on supercomputers to explore higher order phonon-phonon interactions and phonon renormalization in different materials. To accelerate the simulations, we also expect the application of some machine learning approach.

As postdoc, you will principally carry out research. A certain amount of teaching may be part of your duties, up to a maximum of 20% of working hours.


To be qualified to take employment as postdoc, you must have been awarded a doctoral degree or have a foreign degree that is deemed to be equivalent to a doctoral degree.  This degree must have been awarded at the latest by the point at which LiU makes its decision to employ you.

It is considered advantageous if your doctoral degree is no older than three years at application deadline for this job. If there are special reasons for having an older doctoral degree – such as taking statutory leave – then these may be taken into consideration.

We are seeking applicants who have a doctorate in theoretical physics, computational materials science or similar. You must have several published papers in recognized international journals, with some on the topic of ab-initio calculation at high pressure and/or on calculations of thermal conductivity,  phonon-phonon interactions or phonon renormalization. Experience with programming languages is necessary, and programming in the language Python is beneficial.

Great emphasis will also be placed on personal qualities and suitability, such as the ability to work in team, collaborate with PhD students, accuracy, flexibility and speed. You should be inventive and have an independent attitude.

The workplace

You will be employed in the strong research environment of Theoretical Physics Division, in close collaboration with high-performance computing experts through National Supercomputer Center in Linköping, experimentalists at Linköping University and world leading reserach centers for high-pressure physics. The Division of Theoretical Physics carries out research, undergraduate and postgraduate education within the Department of Physics Chemistry and Biology (IFM) at Linköping University.

More information about the activities in the Theoretical Physics Division can be found at

The employment

This employment is a temporary contract of two years with the possibility of extension up to a total maximum of three years. The employment is full-time.

Starting date by agreement.

Salary and employment benefits

The university applies individual salaries. State your desired salary in the application.

More information about employee benefits is available here .

Union representatives

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Application procedure

Apply for the position by clicking the “Apply” button. Your application must be received no later than 11 March, 2024.
Applications and documents received after the date above will not be considered.
Please attach your selected research publications electronically, in pdf or word format, in the application template. Research publications, e.g. monographs, which cannot be sent electronically should be sent in three sets by mail to the University Registrar at Linköping University, University Registrar, S-581 83 Linköping, Sweden. The publications must be received by Linköping University no later than the deadline for application. 

Please note that printed publications will not be returned. They will be archived at Linköping University.
In the event of a discrepancy between the English translation of the job announcement and the Swedish original, the Swedish version shall take precedent. 

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