Nicole Seifert
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Place of work:

Working hours:
39 h/week

31 July 2020

Online application
English / German
Job-Id: 73/2020 (994)

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Bautzner Landstraße 400
01328 Dresden

Postdoctoral Researcher (m/f/d) - Time-dependent Ensemble Theories for Non-equilibrium Phenomena in Warm Dense Matter

A member of the Helmholtz Association of German Research Centers, the HZDR employs about 1,200 people. The Center's focus is on interdisciplinary research in the areas energy, health and matter.

The Center for Advanced Systems Understanding (CASUS) is a German-Polish research center for dataintensive digital systems research. We combine innovative methods from mathematics, theoretical systems research, simulations, data science and computer science to provide solutions for a range of disciplines - materials science under ambient and extreme conditions, earth system research, systems biology and autonomous vehicles.
CASUS was jointly founded in August 2019 by the Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf, the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research, the Max Planck Institute of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics, the Technical University of Dresden and the University of Wroclaw.

The Department on Matter under Extreme Conditions is looking for a Postdoctoral Researcher (m/f/d) interested in developing Time-dependent Ensemble Theories for Non-equilibrium Phenomena in Warm Dense Matter.

The position will be available from now. The employment contract is limited until 31st March 2022.


  • devise a suitable theoretical framework for time-dependent density functional ensemble theories
  • implement the formalism in a software package based on TDDFT algorithms
  • compute electronic transport properties in warm dense matter beyond local thermal equilibrium and validate them against data from x-ray scattering experiments
  • publish your results in academic, peer-reviewed journals
  • present your results at scientific meetings


  • PhD in physics, theoretical chemistry or in a related subject solid background in mathematics, theoretical and computational physics, or in a related subject
  • experience in quantum mechanics or many-body theories
  • excellent programming skills in languages such as Fortran, Python, or C/C++
  • experience in methods development or data generation with electronic structure codes (such as VASP, Quantum Espresso, Elk)
  • strong motivation to work in a collaborative environment
  • excellent communication skills in English and in a professional context (presentation of research results at scientific meetings, colloquial discussions, writing of manuscripts)

We offer:

  • exciting work environment on an attractive research campus

  • high scientific professional networking as well as scientific excellence

  • the employment contract is limited to two years possible longer-term prospects

  • salary and social benefits in conformity with the provisions of the Collective Agreement TVöD-Bund

  • 30 Vacation Days per year

  • company pension scheme (VBL)

  • a good work/life balance for which we offer assistance in the shape of:

    • possibility to work part-time

    • flexible working hours

    • in-house health management

Kindly submit your completed application (including cover letter, CV, diplomas/transcripts, etc.) only via our Online-application-system.

Online application English / German