Nicole Seifert
Phone: +49 351 260 2083
Fax: +49 351 260 12083

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For any questions, do not hesitate to ask:
Dr. Arkady Krasheninnikov Tel.: +49 351 260 3148,
Dr. Stefan Facsko Tel.: +49 351 260 2987

Place of work:

Working hours:
19,5 h/week

31 August 2020

Online application
English / German
Job-Id: 88/2020 (1009)

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Bautzner Landstraße 400
01328 Dresden

PhD Student (m/f/d) in "Multi-scale atomistic simulations of defects and impurities in two-dimensional chalcogenides"

As 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 Institute of Ion Beam Physics and Materials Research invites applications as PhD Student (m/w/d)  in "Multi-scale atomistic simulations of defects and impurities in two-dimensional chalcogenides"

The position in atomistic simulations is immediately available in a theory group "Atomistic Simulations of Materials" (Group Leader Dr. Arkady Krasheninnikov). The position will be available from 01.10.2020. The employment contract is limited to three years.

Two-dimensional (2D) inorganic materials, which have recently been on the forefront of research in chemistry, physics and materials science, have unique electronic and optical properties, which can further be tuned controllable introduction of defects and impurities. In the project "Multi-scale atomistic simulations of defects and impurities in two-dimensional chalcogenides", which is a part of the planned research effort at the Collaborative Research Center 1415 "Chemistry of Synthetic Two-Dimensional Materials" ( 1415), we are going to study the role of defects in 2D chalcogenides and other 2D materials, such as metal-organic frameworks. The project is going to be carried out in close collaboration with several experimental groups at TU Dresden and Ulm University, so that it will give a unique opportunity to carry out a theoretical research in a 'hot' area in collaboration with worldleading experimental groups focused on 2D materials.


  • Carry out multi-scale atomistic simulations using density-functional theory and analytical potential molecular dynamics aimed at understanding the effects of defects on electronic, magnetic and catalytic properties of 2D chalcogenides

  • Develop the dedicated software for modelling of defects in two-dimensional materials

  • Closely collaborate with the experimental groups involved in the project


  • Master degree in solid-state physics, computational physics or materials science

  • Good scripting and programming skills

  • Experience with atomistic simulations (molecular dynamics, density-functional theory calculations) is highly desirable but not mandatory

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills in English

  • Readiness to work in an international team and closely collaborate with experimentalists

We offer:

  • exciting work environment on an attractive research campus

  • high scientific professional networking as well as scientific excellence

  • 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