Research Fellow - Advanced Thermoelectric Material Design (80921-107)

University of Warwick - School of Engineering

Fixed term contract - 1 year

The School of Engineering is seeking to appoint a Research Fellow to undertake research as part of the EU Horizon 2020 ERC Starting Grant NANOthermMA Project to assist the Principal Investigator, Dr. Neophytos Neophytou, and project partners in the successful execution of the project. Key objectives are to investigate the thermoelectric transport properties of nanostructured materials using quantum and semiclassical electronic transport simulations and inverse design machine learning optimisation techniques.

You will work in the School of Engineering of the University of Warwick, in collaboration with a high profile experimental team of leading institutions in the field of thermoelectric including the University of Milano-Bicocca, University of Pisa, Microelectronics Institute of Madrid, Heriot-Watt University, as well as leading electronic transport theory institutions as the Technical University of Vienna.

You will address aspects of electronic transport in nanostructured materials modelling and simulation, particularly with the aim of developing design principles for nanostructured materials with enhanced thermoelectric power factors. Specific objectives are (a) employing existing quantum and semiclassical transport codes and further developing their capabilities and performance; (b) analysing experimental data and providing guidance for the design and optimisation of the materials’ thermoelectric performance and (c) employing optimisation, machine learning and inverse design techniques for the design and optimisation of the materials’ thermoelectric performance.

You will undertake independent and collaborative research and will be expected to write up your research for publication. You will be expected to deal with any management/administration problems that may arise from the project and produce and present regular project reports ensuring that the project objectives and deadlines are met.

You will have a developing research profile with the ability to publish high quality research. You will have experience performing large scale transport simulations (quantum mechanical and/or semiclassical) using appropriate materials’ bandstructures and analysing their results, as well as proven scientific software development skills. Ideally you will have a PhD degree in Electrical Engineering or Physics, and have strong experience with semiconductor physics, electronic transport simulations, including the Non-Equilibrium Green’s Function method, Monte Carlo methods, Drift-Diffusion, etc, as well as a strong code development background. Experience with electronics structure methods such as atomistic tight-binding, k.p, pseudopotentials, and DFT would be a particular advantage, as would knowledge of Matlab, and C/C++ programming languages. Knowledge of optimisation, machine learning, and inverse design techniques is also desirable.

If you have not yet been awarded your PhD but are near submission or have recently submitted your PhD, any offers of employment will be made as Research Assistant on level 5 of the University grade structure (£28,936 pa). Upon successful award of your PhD and evidence of this fact, you will be promoted to Research Fellow on the first point of the level 6 of the University grade structure (29,799 pa).

Closing Date: 5 November 2017

Full details of the duties and selection criteria for this role are found in the vacancy advert on the University of Warwick jobs page. You will be routed to this when you click on the Apply button below.

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