PhD Student - Theoretical study of spin-orbit effects in scattering of electrons by surfaces (Closed)

Pre-doctoral position
Position category: PhD Student
Reference: 2023/103
Duration: 1 year
Application deadline: 2023/11/07
For more info contact the supervisors:
Eugene Krasovskii
How to apply

We are currently accepting applications for the above mentioned position. This is a unique opportunity for highly motivated students recently graduated from the University in Physics or related fields to join one of DIPC’s high-profile research teams.

The role

We seek a motivated PhD student to work on a 3-year project devoted to the theory of spin-related effects in electron scattering from non-magnetic systems. The aim of the project is to develop an ab initio computational methodology for spin-dependent electron diffraction from crystalline surfaces. The PhD candidate will develop a quantum-mechanical band-structure-based formalism and implement it as a computer code to calculate spin-resolved energy and angular distribution of electrons reflected from or transmitted through realistic surfaces. The method will be applied to the analysis of experimental electron diffraction and photoelectron spectra of a wide range of materials. The ultimate goal is to understand the underlying microscopic mechanisms and relate the observables to the electronic structure of the material.

Desired background & competences

The successful candidate must have basic knowledge of mathematics, quantum mechanics, and chemistry, as well as be willing to master computational methods, FORTRAN programming, linuxs scripting, and related skills.

Working conditions

  • Estimated annual gross salary: Salary is commensurate with qualifications and consistent with our pay scales
  • Target start date: 2024/01/31

We provide a highly stimulating research environment, and unique professional career development opportunities.

We offer and promote a diverse and inclusive environment and welcomes applicants regardless of age, disability, gender, nationality, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation or gender identity.

The center

DIPC is a research center whose mission is to perform and catalyze cutting-edge research in physics and related disciplines, as well as to convey scientific culture to society. Located in Donostia / San Sebastian (Basque Country, Spain), DIPC was born from a strategic alliance of both public institutions and private companies. Since 2008 DIPC is a 'Basque Excellence Research Center' (BERC) recognized by the Basque Government's Department of Education. In 2019, DIPC was also recognized as a "Severo Ochoa" Excellence Center by the Spanish Research Agency.

About the team

The research will be supervised by Eugene Krasovskii, the head of the Computational Solid State Spectroscopy Group.

How to apply

Interested candidates should submit an updated CV and a brief statement of interest to the following application email below. 

Reference letters are welcome but not indispensable.

The reference of the specific opening to which the candidate is applying should be stated in the subject line, and the application must be received before the application deadline.

Although candidates are welcome to contact the project supervisors to know further details about the proposed research activity, please be aware that the application will be evaluated only if it is submitted directly to the email address listed below as application email.

Selection process

Applications received by the deadline will be evaluated by a Committee designed by the DIPC board on the basis of the following criteria:

  • CV of the candidate (60%)
  • Adequacy of the candidate’s scientific background to the project (20%)
  • Reference letters (10%)
  • Other: Diversity in gender, race, nationality, etc. (10%)

Evaluation results will be communicated to the candidates soon after. Positions will only be filled if qualified candidates are found.

The DIPC may revoke its decision if the candidate fails to join by the appointed time, in which case the position will be awarded to the candidate with the next highest score, provided it is above 50 (out of 100).

However, the selected candidate may keep the position if, in the opinion of the Selection Committee, the candidate duly justifies the reasons why he or she cannot join before the specified deadline, and as long as the project allows it.


This project has received funding from the MCIN program “Severo Ochoa”, under reference AEI/ CEX2018-000867-S.


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