A post-doc (2 years) position is available starting July 1st 2017, in the theoretical chemistry group of Leiden University (NL). The research of the post-doc will focus on applying the Quantum-Monte Carlo (QMC) electronic structure method to molecules reacting with transition metal surfaces. First results for H2 + Cu(111) are encouraging, with the Diffusion Monte-Carlo barrier height differing from the semi-empirical SRP-DFT reference value by just 1.6 kcal/mol. We'll be applying the QMC method to a few other systems, and will try to improve the accuracy of our implementation.
The project is funded by NWO, under an NWO TOP grant for Geert-Jan Kroes. The post-doc will be employed by Leiden University.
Applicants should have experience with either electronic structure calculations on molecules interacting with metal surfaces, or with dynamics calculations on such systems. The candidate should have a Ph.D. in Chemistry, Physics, or Applied Mathematics. Experience with using QMC, computer programming, and with running calculations on parallel computers will be counted as advantages. The position is open to all nationalities.
The appointment will be for an initial period of 1 year with extension possible to 2 years. The envisaged starting date is anywhere between 1 July 2017 and 1 October 2017.
To be considered for the project, applicants should send an application letter and CV, and should arrange themselves that three letters of recommendation are sent to Prof. Dr. Geert-Jan Kroes, by email ([email protected]) (it is not enough to provide the names of referees, the applicants should arrange and ensure themselves that letters of reference are sent). Selection of candidates will start on June 6, 2017 and will continue until the position is filled.
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