PostDoc - Topological classification of adsorbates on surfaces (Closed)

Post-doctoral position
Position category: PostDoc
Reference: 2024/08
Duration: 3 years
Application deadline: 2024/03/15
For more info contact the supervisors:
Thomas Frederiksen
How to apply

We are currently accepting applications for the above mentioned position. This is a unique opportunity for junior researchers with a recent PhD degree in Physics or related fields to join one of DIPC’s high-profile research teams.

The role

We invite applications for a postdoctoral position to join our dynamic research team focusing on the theoretical and numerical exploration of adsorbates on various surfaces. The selected candidate will develop innovative theoretical models and numerical simulations to enhance our understanding of experimental observations made with scanning tunnelling probes. This project offers the unique opportunity to delve into the role of surface interactions within the topological classification of 1-dimensional structures, such as graphene nanoribbons, and to assess their impact on the spin states of open-shell molecules. A key aspect of this role involves the advancement of new methodologies in Python.

The postdoc will be responsible for developing and implementing theoretical models to describe adsorbate-surface interactions, performing numerical simulations to support experimental data, collaborating with internal and external research groups to share findings and enhance methodologies, contributing to the development of new Python-based tools and methodologies for quantum transport and density functional theory simulations, publishing research findings in peer-reviewed journals, and presenting at international conferences.

Desired background & competences

The ideal candidate for this position will hold a Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry or a closely related field, with a specialized focus on theoretical surface science. We are seeking individuals who have demonstrated experience in scanning probe simulations, quantum transport methodology, and density functional theory, showcasing their ability to tackle complex scientific inquiries. Proficiency in Python is essential, particularly with experience in utilizing scientific computing libraries to drive research forward. The successful applicant will have a track record of published research in areas relevant to this postdoctoral project, highlighting their contribution to the field. We are looking for someone with strong analytical and problem-solving skills, capable of developing innovative solutions to challenging problems. Excellent written and verbal communication skills are crucial, as is the ability to work effectively both independently and as part of a collaborative research team. The candidate's ability to convey complex concepts clearly and collaborate across disciplines will be key to their success in this role.

Working conditions

  • Estimated annual gross salary: Salary is commensurate with qualifications and consistent with our pay scales
  • Target start date: 2024/04/01

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

This project will be supervised by Thomas Frederiksen at DIPC.

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 (40%)
  • Adequacy of the candidate’s scientific background to the project (40%)
  • 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.


The resolution of this opening has been already published. You can download it here.