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Senior Researcher position @CNR-Nano

CNR Nano (Modena – Italy) is looking for 1 Senior Researcher in the field of Software development for scientific computing and simulation from first principles for the study of complex systems (i.e. disordered, polycrystalline and/or amorphous) for device modeling of synaptic electronics and neuromorphic computing with the INTERSECT – Interoperable Material-To-Device Simulation Box for disruptive electronics, and OPENMODEL – Integrated Open Access Materials Modeling Innovation Platform for Europe – European projects” (Research grant NANO AR 003/2020 MO), scientific director Arrigo Calzolari.

Description of the activity:

Title: Interoperable box for material simulation in the OpenModel advanced electronic device.

Description: First principles simulations of highly disordered systems, with particular interest on the comprehension of the polycrystalline and amorphous phases of complex materials (e.g. chalcogenides and metal oxides) and of the corresponding interfaces. Direct experience in the study of defects and impurities in solid state materials will be considered as preferential skills.

Contract and remuneration:

One year, renewable; Yearly gross remuneration: € 26.000,00

Qualifications and experience:

  • Master degree and PhD in Physics, or in Chemistry, or in Material Science or in similar issues;
  • Two (minimum) or more years of post-doctoral experience in theoretical condensed-matter physics/chemistry;
  • Knowledge of scientific codes and study methodologies for solid-state systems;
  • Experience in the study of disordered systems, such as, e.g., polycrystalline and/or amorphous systems, with particular attention to impurity and defects in solid state;
  • Knowledge of programming languages for scientific software (e.g. Fortran, C, C++, python) and parallel computation (MPI);
  • Very good level of English, and knowledge of Italian.

Deadline for applications: 10/03/2021

Full announcement available at:

For information, please contact intersect@nano.cnr.it.


PostDoctoral Researcher: Modelling of thermal transport in layered material systems @ICN2

The mission of the Catalan Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (ICN2) is to achieve the highest level of scientific and technological excellence in Nanoscience and Nanotechnology. Its research lines focus on the newly-discovered physical and chemical properties that arise from the behavior of matter at the nanoscale. ICN2 has been awarded the Severo Ochoa Center of Excellence distinction for two consecutive periods (2014-2018 and 2018-2022). ICN2 comprises 18 Research Groups, 7 Technical Development and Support Units and Facilities, and 2 Research Platforms, covering different areas of nanoscience and nanotechnology.


Job Title: Postdoctoral Researcher: modelling of thermal transport in layered material systems

Research area or group: “Theory and Simulation” and “Ultrafast Dynamics in Nanoscale Systems”

Description of Group/Project:
We have an opening for a highly motivated postdoctoral researcher to work on an interdisciplinary theoretical-experimental project that aims at understanding and controlling thermal transport properties in atomically thin layered materials, with relevance for applications such as thermoelectrics and thermal management. The position is linked with the European project INTERSECT and the Spanish project STEAMY. The successful candidate will be part of both the “Theory and Simulation” group (led by Pablo Ordejón) and the “Ultrafast Dynamics in Nanoscale Systems” group (led by Klaas-Jan Tielrooij) at ICN2, and will benefit from the strong collaboration with the team of Associate Professor Zeila Zanolli, at the Condensed Matter and Interfaces Group at the Debye Institute for Nanomaterials Science in Utrecht (NL).

Main Tasks and responsibilities:
· Develop numerical tools (codes and workflows) to calculate thermal properties of materials from Density Functional Theory calculations
· Perform simulations to compute semi-classic transport coefficients from first-principles electronic structure
· Design experiments based on simulations results
· Perform simulations to interpret experimental results obtained with state-of-the-art ultrafast techniques

Education, Experience, Knowledge and Competences required:
· Education

PhD in Physics, Chemistry, Materials Science or related disciplines.
· Professional Experience
Experience with modelling of thermal transport properties with BoltzTrap
Experience in use of first-principles (DFT) codes to predict electronic properties at the nanoscale
Experience in high-throughput simulations and data management
Experience in Fortran and Python programming
Experience with layered materials is a bonus
· Competences
Strong commitment, excellent communication skills, ability to work with highly qualified professionals with international backgrounds, taking responsibilities, independence.


Summary of conditions:
· Full time work (37,5h/week)
· Contract Length: 2 years.
· Salary will depend on qualifications and demonstrated experience.
· Support to the relocation issues.
· Life Insurance.
Estimated Incorporation date: October 2020

How to apply:
All applications must be made via the ICN2 website and include the following:
1. A cover letter.
2. A full CV including contact details.
3. 2 Reference letters or referee contacts.

pdf here


Deadline for applications: 31/07/2020

Equal opportunities:
ICN2 is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity and inclusion of people with disabilities.


Researcher Position @CNR Nano

CNR Nano (Modena – Italy) is looking for 1 Researcher in the field of “Scientific codes engineering and first principles simulation of complex solid state systems (e.g. disordered, polycrystalline and/or amorphous systems) for the modelling of synaptic electronics devices and neuromorphic computing” as part of the EU project INTERSECT – Interoperable Material-to-Device simulation box for disruptive electronics”.

DESCRIPTION OF PROGRAM/PROJECT:

Use – and possible development – of scientific codes, such as (but not limited to) codes based on DFT for the study of highly disordered systems, with particular interest on the comprehension of the polycrystalline and amorphous phases of complex materials (e.g. chalcogenides and metal oxides) as function of the dimensionality and temperature. Direct experience in use and/or development of software infrastructures for automation and the development of workflows in first principles calculations, will be considered as preferential skills.

CONTRACT OF ONE YEAR RENEWABLE
YEARLY GROSS REMUNERATION: € 26.000,00

QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE:

  • Master degree and PhD in Physics, or in Chemistry, or in Material Science or in similar issues;
  • two (minimum) or more years of post-doctoral experience in theoretical condensed-matter physics/chemistry;
  • knowledge of scientific codes and methodologies for the simulation of solid-state physics, including approaches for the automatic management of simulation workflows.
  • experience in the study of disordered systems, such as, e.g., polycrystalline and/or amorphous materials
  • knowledge programming languages for scientific software (e.g. Fortran, C, C++, python) and parallel computation (MPI)
  • very good level of English and some knowledge of Italian;

Deadline for applications: 02/05/2020

Full announcement available at https://bandi.urp.cnr.it/doc-assegni/documentazione/9752_DOC_IT.pdf


Technologist Position @CNR Nano

CNR Nano (Modena – Italy) is looking for 1 Technologist in the field of “Technical secretariat and communication of Research projects founded by national or international research institutions”, as part of the EU project INTERSECT – Interoperable Material-to-Device simulation box for disruptive electronics” and the Regional Project POR-FESR RIMMEL.

Qualifications and experiences:

1) Master Degree and

  • 3 years experience in management of research projects founded by regional, national or international institutions;
  • experience in traditional and online/social media communication of projects outputs and results;
  • skills in web content management;
  • independent implementation of internal communication activities (partners and institutions);

or PhD in the domains related to the requested experiences.

2) very good level of English and basic knowledge of computer applications;

3) knowledge of Italian;

Duration: 1 year

Deadline for applications: 09/04/2020 – 18.00 CET

Applications: exclusively via Internet using https://selezionionline.cnr.it  Following the instructions at art. 4 of the announcement available at:


Researcher Position @CNR Nano

CNR Nano (Modena – Italy) is looking for 1 researcher in the field of “Multiscale simulations (e.g. first principles, molecular dynamics, tightbinding, MonteCarlo, coarse grain, etc) of structural, electronic and vibrational properties of highly disordered systems, such as polycrystalline and/or amorphous materials, based on chalcogenides and metal oxides for synaptic electronics, as part of the EU project INTERSECT – Interoperable Material-to-Device simulation box for disruptive electronics”.

Description of the program/project: Use – and possible development – of scientific codes, such as (but not limited to) classical or quantum molecular dynamics, and/or tight-binding, and/or MonteCarlo, and/orcoarse grain model, etc, for the study of highly disordered systems, with particular interest on the comprehension of the polycrystalline and amorphous phases of complex materials (e.g. chalcogenides and metal oxides) as function of the dimensionality and temperature.

Research Area: Physics / Computational Physics

Contract of oneyear/two years renewable

Yearly gross remuneration: 26.000,00 €.

Qualifications and experiences:

  • Master degree and PhD in Physics, or in Chemistry, or in Material science, or Engineering or similar;
  • two (minimum) or more years of post-doctoral experience in theoretical condensed-matter physics/chemistry
  • knowledge of scientific codes and methodologies for the multiscale simulation of solid-state physics
  • experience in the study of disordered systems, polycrystalline and/or amorphous materials
  • knowledge programming languages for scientific software (e.g. Fortran, C, C++, python) and parallel computation (MPI)
  • very good level of English and some knowledge of Italian.

Deadline for applications: 06/03/2020

Complete info here (English version from page 9)


Researcher Position @CNR Nano

We are looking for 1 Researcher in the field of: “First principles Car-Parrinello molecular dynamics of amorphous GeTe4-derivative compounds. This activity deal also with the statistical analysis (including the implementation of ad hoc computational tools) of the structural and electronic properties of these materials in both glass and supercooled liquid regimes, as function of the temperature. ”

One position for research physics/computational materials scientist is available in the group of Dr. Arrigo Calzolari at CNR Nano in Modena, Italy, in the framework of EU-funded project “Interoperable Material-to-Device Simulation box for disruptive electronics – INTERSECT” – GA nr. 814487.

Candidates must have:

  • Master degree in physics/chemistry/ material science and/or material engineering;
  • Knowledge of scientific codes based on DFT for simulation of solid-state systems;
  • Knowledge programming languages for scientific software (e.g. Fortran, C, C++, python);
  • Very good level of English and some knowledge of Italian.

Deadline for applications: 10/01/2020

The complete announcement is available here

For information on the positions, please contact intersect@nano.cnr.it.


Researcher Position @CNR Nano

We are looking for 1 Researcher in the field of: “Multiscale simulations (e.g. first principles, molecular dynamics, coarse grain, etc) of structural, electronic and vibrational properties of highly disordered systems, such as polycrystalline and/or amorphous materials, based on chalcogenides and metal oxides for synaptic electronics”

One position for research physics/computational materials scientist is available in the group of Dr. Arrigo Calzolari at CNR Nano in Modena, Italy, in the framework of EU-funded project “Interoperable Material-to-Device Simulation box for disruptive electronics – INTERSECT” – GA nr. 814487.

Candidates must have:

  • Master degree and PhD in physics/chemistry/ material science and/or engineering;
  • Knowledge of scientific codes and methodologies for the multiscale simulation of solid-state physics;
  • Experience in the study of disordered systems, polycrystalline and/or amorphous materials;
  • Knowledge programming languages for scientific software (e.g. Fortran, C, C++, python) and parallel computation (MPI).

The candidate will be involved in the activity “use – and possible development – of scientific codes, such as (but not limited to) classical or quantum molecular dynamics, coarse grain model, etc, for the study of highly disordered systems, with particular interest on the comprehension of the polycrystalline and amorphous phases of complex materials (e.g. chalcogenides and metal oxides) as function of the dimensionality and temperature”.

Deadline: 14/12/2019

The complete announcement is available here

For information on the positions, please contact intersect@nano.cnr.it.


Researcher Position @CNR Nano

We are looking for 1 Researcher: “Study of structural and electronic properties of complex systems, such as ferroelectrics and phase change materials, through classical and first principles approaches”

One position for research physics/computational materials scientist is available in the group of Dr. Arrigo Calzolari at CNR Nano in Modena, Italy, in the framework of EU-funded project “Interoperable Material-to-Device Simulation box for disruptive electronics – INTERSECT” – GA nr. 814487.

Candidates must have:
– a master degree in Physics, Chemistry, Electronic Engineering or Computer Engineering
– a 3-year or more experience in the study of solid-state systems and nanosciences based on the Functional Density Theory, or a PhD in relevant subjects.
– advanced knowledge of written and spoken English
– good knowledge of programming language such as Fortran and/or MPI C; good knowledge of object-oriented programming (e.g. Python);  language such as Fortran and/or MPI C; data analysis and physical-statistical correlations.

The candidate will be involved in the study of complex materials (such as ferroelectrics and phase change materials) for synaptic electronics e.g. 3D integrated memories, selectors, and neuromorphic devices.  The development of these emerging technology calls for the investigation of materials at device level, since materials characteristics – including  structural disorder, defects, impurities and boundaries – are inherently connected to the device performance requirements. 

On the theoretical side, this requires an unprecedented capability of simulating properties of materials well beyond the standard solid-state analysis. The complexity of the systems will require multi-scale multi-model computational techniques mostly based on both first principles (e.g. DFT) and classical molecular dynamics approaches.

The research activity, within the EU INTERSECT project, will include a tight collaboration with engineering and experimental groups, expert in the fabrication and the simulation of advanced synaptic devices and circuits.



Deadline: 30/09/2019 – 18.00 CET

For information on the positions, please contact intersect@nano.cnr.it.

The complete announcement is available here


PostDoc felloship @CNR Nano

1 Postdoc fellowship. “Development of scientific computing software (also in MPI-environment) for the study of complex models and electronic devices for synaptic electronics and neuromorphic computing”.

One position for research physics/computational materials scientist is available in the group of Dr. Arrigo Calzolari at CNR Nano in Modena, Italy, in the framework of EU-funded project “Interoperable Material-to-Device Simulation box for disruptive electronics – INTERSECT” – GA nr. 814487 (http://intersect-project.eu/).

Outstanding candidates are sought with a background in the physical sciences alongside strong programming skills.

Women are strongly encouraged to apply.


Candidates must have

  • a master degree in Physics, Chemistry, Electronic Engineering or Computer Engineering.
  • a PhD degree in Physics, Chemistry, Electronic Engineering or Computer Engineering.
  • a 3-year or more experience in the study of solid-state systems and nanosciences based on the Functional Density Theory, or a PhD in relevant subjects.
  • advanced knowledge of written and spoken English
  • knowledge of programming language such as Fortran and/or MPI C; good knowledge of object-oriented programming (e.g. Python),

Within the INTERSECT project, this activity will aim at accelerating the uptake of materials modelling software in the field of synaptic electronics and neuromorphic computing to provide industry-ready software solutions. In particular, the candidate will be involved in the development/implementation of an interoperable, interdisciplinary and multi-physics simulation platform for simulation of disruptive electronics. This includes a software integration action, by means of the linking-and-coupling of existing materials and device simulation codes, as well as the formalization/development of specific workflows for the automation of the process that control the entire modelling pipeline.


Deadline: 03/03/2019

For information on the positions, please contact intersect@nano.cnr.it.


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Postdoctoral researcher position @ICN2

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Research area or group: Theory and Simulation


Description of Group/Project:

The Theory and Simulation Group developes efficient methods for atomistic simulations in nanostructured systems, which can fully exploit modern computer multiprocessor architectures, and  applies them to selected problems in Nanoscience and Nanotechnology. These include (but are not restricted to) the SIESTA (see www.icmab.es/siesta) and TranSIESTA codes. SIESTA is a multi-purpose first-principles method and program, based on Density Functional Theory, which can be used to describe the atomic and electronic properties of systems with up to several thousands of atoms. TranSIESTA is an extension of SIESTA that enables the study of electronic transport phenomena in nanoscale devices. Both codes are among the most important of their kind and are widely used by the academic community.


Main Tasks and responsibilities:

  • Development of different new computational methods within the SIESTA package to extract physical properties, which might include: formation enthalpy of charged defects, electron-phonon matrix elements from linear response (DFPT), dissipation scattering rates for electrical and thermal conductivity, dynamics of domain walls in ferroic materials, or defect diffussion barriers.
  • Implementation and testing of workflows for high-throughput calculations.
  • Preparation of scientific reports, papers and software documentation.
  • Attendance at project meetings, and scientific conferences, and participation in outreach activities within the project.
  • Contribution to students´supervision.
  • Contribution to other activities in the group.

Education, Experience, Knowledge and Competences required:

· Education: PhD in Physics, Materials Science, Chemistry, Computer Science, or related disciplines.

· Knowledge: DFT methods, coding in Fortran+MPI, python.

· Professional Experience: Experience in computational science (ideally, with SIESTA), high-performance computing, and high-throughput calculations.

· Competences: Strong commitment, attention to detail, demonstrated ability to work with deadines, manage conflicting priorities, excellent communication skills and ability to work with highly qualified professionals with international backgrounds.


Research Career Profile (According to the European Framework for Research Careers):R3 Established Researcher