Doctoral Candidate Position in Atomistic Simulations of Functionalized 2D Materials

Aalto University - Department of Applied Physics

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Doctoral Candidate Position in Atomistic Simulations of Functionalized 2D Materials

A fully funded Doctoral Candidate position in atomistic simulations is currently available at the Department of Applied Physics at Aalto University, Finland (

MXenes are a new group of 2D materials obtained from certain bulk phases via atom-selective chemical etching. Unlike many other common 2D materials, they form strong bonds with molecules on their surface, which in turn can dramatically modify the material properties. The candidate will perform atomistic simulations based on density functional theory to model the passivation and functionalization of MXene sheets. The simulation results will be complemented by experimental results and finally used to aid in designing optimal material properties for the chosen applications. The project will involve collaborations with the leading experimental and theoretical groups located both locally at Aalto University and globally in Japan, Denmark, USA, and Germany.

Essential Requirements
The successful applicant should have a M.Sc. degree and track record in solid-state physics or chemistry, or in materials science. Excellent written and oral communication skills are essential. Experience with atomistic simulations codes such as VASP or GPAW, as well as good scripting and programming skills, are highly desirable.

Duration and salary
The successful candidate should start on the 1st of September 2017 or as soon afterwards as possible. The position is fixed-term. The doctoral candidate will first be granted a two-year contract, followed by an extension for another two-year period after intermediate evaluation.

The annual total workload of research and teaching staff at Aalto University is 1624 hours. The position will be located at the Aalto University Otaniemi Campus. The expected starting salary for a PhD candidate is approx. 2400 €/month and follows the university salary system. The contract includes Aalto University occupational health care.

For more Information
For further information, please contact Dr. Hannu-Pekka Komsa (, homepage: or in questions related to the recruitment process, HR Coordinator Pekka Järvinen (

How to apply
Please apply through Aalto University web site:

The applications are submitted through the eRecruitment system no later than on 30th of July 2017.

The application material for the PhD position should include:

  • Motivation letter, with explanation of the relevant skills
  • Curriculum Vitae (no length limit)
  • Educational certificates
  • List of publications (with the most significant publications highlighted)
  • Names and contact information for two references

All application materials should be submitted in English and as a single PDF file.

Aalto University reserves the right for justified reasons to leave the position open, to extend the application period and to consider candidates who have not submitted applications during the application period.

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