Postdoc position in searching for light dark matter through its interaction with electrons in solids

Updated: 3 months ago
Job Type: Temporary

100%, Zurich, temporary

The Materials Theory Group at ETH Zurich has the following opening for a postdoctoral research position in collaboration with Prof. Nicola Spaldin.


Project background

The group's research field is the development and application of electronic structure methods for understanding and predicting novel functional materials and their interactions with external probes, with a particular focus on complex oxides and materials with multiple competing or cooperating instabilities.


Job description

We will calculate the interaction of light dark matter with the electrons in solids, extending the results and concepts presented in the paper  in which we calculated the interaction of light dark matter with the electrons in atoms. Materials with strong dark matter -- electron interactions, which might be particularly favorable for light dark matter detection, will be identified.

This project is an ongoing collaboration with the group of Riccardo Catena at Chalmers University in Goteborg, Sweden.


Your profile

Candidates for this position should preferably have some background both in computational/theoretical materials physics and in astrophysics or high-energy physics and should be enthusiastic about using electronic structure methods to solve interesting and challenging physical problems.


ETH Zurich

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