PhD Fellowship in Condensed Matter Theory

Updated: 15 days ago
Deadline: 10 Feb 2021

Niels Bohr Institute and at the Nano-Science Center, Faculty of Science at University of Copenhagen is offering a PhD scholarship in Condensed Matter Theory commencing 01.03.2021 or as soon as possible thereafter.

Description of the scientific environment
We study quantum behavior of nanostructures and their applications in quantum transport devices, quantum information systems, as well as fundamental questions related to the properties of materials, such as exotic superconductors.

Our theoretical work is most often times driven by experimental findings and by attempts to predict new interesting phenomena. In particular, many of the group activities are done as part of the Center for Quantum Devices and in collaboration with other members of the Nano-ScienceCenter.

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Project description
Controlling electron transport through single molecules is much improved in the last two decades. Further, a study of the coupling between the electron current and the motion of the atoms of the molecule, is important and promising. E.g. the coupling to molecular vibrations has received a lot of attention. The present project focus in coupling between current and molecular rotations. In the macroscopic world a windmill or a water mill are examples of system which rotates due to the presence of either air or water currents. Experimentally, we have engaged with Oren Tal from Israel and Michael Pittelkow from Copenhagen. Pittelkow has synthesized chiral molecules, Helicenes, which are ideally suited for this project, and Oren Tal from Israel are conducting the actual experiments, where a Helicene molecule is hooked up to an external electrical circuit. The hope is that the electrical current will generate a torque on the molecule and ultimately have the molecule rotate. Preliminary results suggest that the hope is in fact realistic. The situation calls for a proper theoretical understanding of the phenomena, and this is precisely the subject of this PhD project. Together with among others Jingtao Lu from Wuhan, Per Hedegård has previously developed theory and discovered new forces, emerging from the out of equilibrium situation with an electrical current. Jingtao Lü and Xiaohui Qui (expert on molecular electronics in the Nanocenter in Beijing) have agreed to act as Chinese supervisors on the project.

The project fits very well in the subtheme “Nanoelectronics and –photonics”.
Part of the project will be carried out in China, the project is part of the Sino-Danish Center Collaboration.

Principal supervisor isProfessor,Per Hedegård, Niels Bohr Institute, hedegard@nbi.ku.dkDirect Phone: 28750435.

Job description
The position is available for a 3-year period and your key tasks as a PhD student at SCIENCE are:

  • To manage and carry through your research project
  • Attend PhD courses
  • Write scientific articles and your PhD thesis
  • Teach and disseminate your research
  • To stay at an external research institution (in China) for 9 months.
  • Work for the department

Formal requirements
Applicants should hold an MSc degree in physics or nanoscience with good results and good English skills. As criteria for the assessment of your qualifications emphasis will also be laid on previous publications (if any) and relevant work experience.

Terms of employment
The position is covered by the Memorandum on Job Structure for Academic Staff.
Terms of appointment and payment accord to the agreement between the Ministry of Finance and The Danish Confederation of Professional Associations on Academics in the State.
The starting salary is currently at a minimum DKK 331,125 (approx. €43,750) including annual supplement (+ pension at a minimum DKK 53,811). Negotiation for salary supplement is possible.

Application Procedure
The application, in English, must be submitted electronically by clicking APPLY NOW below.

Please include

  • Cover Letter
  • CV
  • Diploma and transcripts of records (BSc and MSc)
  • Acceptance Letter for the relevant MSc Programme at SCIENCE, if any
  • Other information for consideration, e.g. list of publications (if any)
  • 1-3 reference letters (if any)

Reference letters must be uploaded by the applicant him/herself. The recruiting person must NOT obtain reference letters which content is not known to the applicant him/herself. This is against Danish law.

The University wishes our staff to reflect the diversity of society and thus welcomes applications from all qualified candidates regardless of personal background.

The deadline for applications is 10 February 2021 23:59 GMT +1.

After the expiry of the deadline for applications, the authorized recruitment manager selects applicants for assessment on the advice of the Interview Committee. Afterwards an assessment committee will be appointed to evaluate the selected applications. The applicants will be notified of the composition of the committee and the final selection of a successful candidate will be made by the Head of Department, based on the recommendations of the assessment committee and the interview committee.

The main criterion for selection will be the research potential of the applicant and the above mentioned skills. The successful candidate will then be requested to formally apply for enrolment as a PhD student at the PhD school of Science. You can read more about the recruitment process at .

For specific information about the PhD scholarship, please contact the principal supervisor Professor,Per Hedegård, Niels Bohr Institute,  Direct Phone: 28750435.

General information about PhD programmes at SCIENCE is available at .

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