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Subject: 17.03.07 Postdoctoral and 2 PhD positions, Charles University, Prague
One postdoctoral and two four-year PhD positions are available
at the Faculty of Mathematics and Physics of the Charles University
in Prague in the group of Jiri Klimes. The positions are funded
by the Charles University's Primus grant scheme.

Project description

The aim of the project is to develop methods that will reliably describe
molecular adsorption in extended systems. The properties of interest
will be adsorption and reaction energies, and experimentally available
vibrational or NMR spectra. The project will primarily use and extend
the recent implementations of quantum chemical methods with reduced 
scaling in the VASP code. For our recent work relevant to the project, 

*) Kaltak, Klimes, Kresse, Phys. Rev. B 90, 054115 (2014)
*) Klimes, Kaltak, Maggio, Kresse: JCP 143, 102816 (2015)
*) Klimes: JCP 145, 094506 (2016)

More information about the project can be found at
and informal enquiries should be send to klimes (at) .


The postdoc will work on the development and application of the theoretical
and computational techniques to obtain reliable properties of molecules
adsorbed in extended systems. The earliest start date is 1. May.
The contract will be initially made for one year with possible extension
until April 2019. The gross salary will be between 35,000 and 40,000 CZK
per month, depending on experience.


A Ph.D. in quantum chemistry, condensed matter, surface science,
materials science, or related discipline is required. Previous experience
with ab initio calculations is essential. Experience with both solid state
programmes and quantum chemistry codes is a big plus. Good programming 
skills (C, Fortran, ...) and familiarity with the UNIX/Linux environment
are highly desirable, the group has access to the national HPC resource
Salomon, which is a 2 PFlop cluster. Strong theoretical background
in wavefunction theory or Green's function methods is also a big plus.
Good knowledge of English, both written and oral, is compulsory.

To apply, send your CV, cover letter, list of publications,
and contacts of two references at klimes (at) .


The two PhDs will focus on different aspects of the theoretical 
description of adsorption processes. For example, on developing 
new strategies for obtaining accurate data for large systems or 
on understanding the accuracy limits of various modelling methods.

The total tax-free stipend starts at 20,000 CZK/month in the first year
and increases during the studies. All conferences and travel costs are
also covered by the grant.

The successful candidates should have, or expect to obtain, a degree
in Physics, Chemistry, or closely related discipline and have a strong
academic record. To apply, please send your CV, a short motivation letter,
your study transcript, and contacts of two references to the e-mail address
listed above. The starting date for the PhD positions is at the beginning
of October 2017. Note that the deadline for submitting the formal 
application to the PhD programme is 30. April and that there is 
a requirement of good written and oral English language skills 
as well as entrance examination in June. Successful candidates will be 
selected before 7. April.

Details of the admission procedure for PhD studies are at

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