Postdoc in Theory and simulation of molecular spintronics

Danmarks Tekniske Universitet (DTU)

Ph.d. project
Greater Copenhagen

Frist 25. september 2017

This is a position within a European network of 6 partners, aiming at the development and use of modelling tools for molecular spintronics guided by well-controlled and calibrated experiments. In particular we aim at devices where the spin transport can be controlled by an external stimulus (e.g. light or electronic current/field).

Responsibilities and tasks
In this position we focus on the theoretical modelling of the out of equilibrium electronic transport through spin-crossover (SCO) molecules which may be switched between two configurations (high/low spin) by external driving forces. We will in particular study the molecular junctions relevant for the experiments at finite voltage/current, and investigate the role of non-equilibrium for the spin state. This will also include the role of the inelastic electron-phonon interactions.

The project involves a strong collaboration with the QuantumWise software company ( The position may also involve other duties such as supervision of students involved in the project.

Candidates should have a PhD degree or equivalent.

Further qualifications:
We require a strong background in condensed matter and Density Functional Theory (DFT), preferably with experience in nano-scale magnetism and transport calculations based on non-equilibrium Greens functions (NEGF).
We also prioritize candidates with a track record proving successful collaborations with experimentalists since this is central to the project.

We offer
We offer an interesting and challenging job in an international environment focusing on education, research, scientific advice and innovation, which contribute to enhancing the economy and improving social welfare. We strive for academic excellence, collegial respect and freedom tempered by responsibility. The Technical University of Denmark (DTU) is a leading technical university in northern Europe and benchmarks with the best universities in the world.

Salary and terms of employment
The appointment will be based on the collective agreement with the Confederation of Professional Associations. The allowance will be agreed with the relevant union.

Workplace and period of employment:

  • Close collaboration and extended stays with CEA Saclay, Paris (
  • Internships at the QuantumWise company (Copenhagen)
  • Period of employment is 2 years (with possible extension of 2 years)

Further information
Further information may be obtained from Prof. Mads Brandbyge, , tel.: +45 4525 6328

Application procedure
Please submit your online application no later than 25 September 2017.

Applications must be submitted as one PDF file containing all materials to be given consideration. To apply, please open the link "Apply online", fill in the online application form, and attach all your materials in English in one PDF file. The file must include:

  • Application (cover letter)
  • CV
  • Diploma (MSc/PhD)
  • List of publications

Applications and enclosures received after the deadline will not be considered.

All interested candidates irrespective of age, gender, disability, race, religion or ethnic background are encouraged to apply.

DTU Nanotech - the Department of Micro- and Nanotechnology - is situated in the northern part of Copenhagen. DTU Nanotech is a centre of excellence in micro- and nanotechnology utilising sciences across the traditional boundaries of technology, thereby enabling innovative solutions for the benefit of society. DTU Nanotech has approx. 220 staff members. With 40 % international employees, the department constitutes an international environment.

DTU is a technical university providing internationally leading research, education, innovation and scientific advice. Our staff of 5,800 advance science and technology to create innovative solutions that meet the demands of society; and our 10,300 students are being educated to address the technological challenges of the future. DTU is an independent academic university collaborating globally with business, industry, government, and public agencies.

Apply within 1 day (25 September 2017)

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