Two PhD Positions

Max Planck Institut für Festkörperforschung, Stuttgart

Chemistry Solid State Research & Material Sciences Particle, Plasma and Quantum Physics

(Ref. Nr.: 57.17)

Type of Job

Young Researchers

PhD Positions (Theoretical Chemistry)

Job offer from October 05, 2017

The Max Planck Institute for Solid State Research in Stuttgart, Germany, is an internationally renowned institute of the Max Planck Society for the Advancement of Science with a staff of approximately 460 working in the field of fundamental research in chemistry and physics.

We offer two PhD Positions in Theoretical Chemistry in the Electronic Structure Theory Department (Prof. Ali Alavi), working with Dr. David Tew. The positions are funded for three years initially.

The positions

One position will involve the development of theoretical methods and software that can reliably predict the electronic structure of large complex systems. The work will focus on designing and implementing methods that scale linearly with system size and that can efficiently exploit modern massively parallel computer architectures. 

The other position will be concerned with developing theory for a quantum dynamics-classical dynamics embedding approach in the context of Gaussian wave packet dynamics, which targets the quantum mechanical study of dynamics at reaction centres in the condensed phase and at interfaces.

Your profile

Successful applicants will be highly motivated and enthusiastic theorists with a strong background in physics or theoretical chemistry and experience in programming. He or she has to be fluent in English.


The Max Planck Society is committed to employing more disabled individuals and especially encourages them to apply. The Max Planck Society seeks to increase the number of women in those areas where they are underrepresented, and therefore explicitly encourages women to apply.

Interested candidates should send an application letter, curriculum vitae and the names of two references to:

Max Planck Institute for Solid State Research
Dr. David Tew
Heisenbergstraße 1
D-70569 Stuttgart

Please quote our reference no. 57.17.

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