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Research Associate for the Project “SPP2244” Atomic theory of excitonic effects in 2D materials § 28 Subsection 3 HmbHG

Your responsibilities

Duties include academic services in the project named above. Research associates may also pursue independent research and further academic qualifications.

The successful applicant will join the group of Prof. Bester and work on a research project concerned with excitonic effects in 2D materials. The candidate will use our ab-initio approach [1] which combines DFT and configuration interaction to calculate the exciton (X), charged excitons (X, X+), biexciton (XX) properties and their mutual interaction. The candidate will make use of our latest 2D-atomic eective pseudopotentials [2] and our recent force-field [3] (see Figure) to address moiré structures with up to 20,000 atoms. The position is within the vibrant SPP 2244 consortium.

[1] First-principles many-body theory for charged and neutral excitations: Trion fine structure splitting in transition metal dichalcogenides, A. Torche and G. Bester, Phys. Rev. B 100, 201403(R) (2019).

[2] P. Han and G. Bester, manuscript in preparation.

[3] Accurate force-field methodology capturing atomic reconstructions in transition metal dichalcogenide moiré system, C. E. M. Nielsen, M. da Cruz, A. Torche and G. Bester Phys. Rev. B 108, 045402 (2023).


Your profile

A university degree in a relevant field.

We expect a Master’s degree or equivalent in physics, chemistry or related disciplines, preferably in the fields of theoretical condensed matter research or quantum chemistry. A candidate experienced with one or more of the following topics will be given priority:

  • DFT
  • Theoretical Quantum Chemistry
  • Optical Properties
  • spectroscopy
  • semiconductors

We offer

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Reliable remuneration based on wage agreements
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Continuing education opportunities
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University pensions
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Attractive location
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Flexible working hours
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Work-life balance opportunities
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Health management

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Educational leave

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30 days of vacation per annum

Universität Hamburg—University of Excellence is one of the strongest research educational institutions in Germany. Our work in research, teaching, educational and knowledge exchange activities is fostering the next generation of responsible global citizens ready to tackle the global challenges facing us. Our guiding principle “Innovating and Cooperating for a Sustainable Future” drives collaboration with academic and nonacademic partner institutions in the Hamburg Metropolitan Region and around the world. We would like to invite you to be part of our community to work with us in creating sustainable and digital change for a dynamic and pluralist society.

The Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg promotes equal opportunity. As women are currently underrepresented in this job category at Universität Hamburg according to the evaluation conducted under the Hamburg act on gender equality (Hamburgisches Gleichstellungsgesetz, HambGleiG), we encourage women to apply for this position. Equally qualified and suitable female applicants will receive preference.

Severely disabled and disabled applicants with the same status will receive preference over equally qualified non-disabled applicants.


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