A post-doc (2 years) position is available starting November 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 (see J.Chem.Theory Comput.13, 3208, 2017). We will 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/EW TOP grant for Geert-Jan Kroes. The post-doc will be employed by Leiden University.
Applicants should have experience with quantum Monte-Carlo calculations in general, or with 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 November 2017 and 1 March 2018.
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]), preferably by October 15.
Note: 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 October 15, 2017 and will continue until the position is filled.
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