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Date: Tue May 29 08:49:47 2018
Subject: 18.05.29 PhD Fellowship - Computational chemistry, method/software development - SCM & VU Amsterdam, NL
This position concerns the development of new theoretical methods carried out in a 
collaboration between the software company Software for Chemistry & Materials B.V. (SCM, and Prof. dr. L. Visscher from the Theoretical Chemistry group of the Vrije 
Universiteit Amsterdam (colocated). SCM's Amsterdam Density Functional (ADF) software, 
in which the new methods will be integrated, is used by thousands of computational 
chemistry researchers worldwide. 

The SCM-sponsored project aims to develop new computational techniques to describe key 
electronic processes in energy conversion. The first objective is to extend the currently used 
TD-DFT approach with explicit treatments of electron correlation (BSE-GW and CC2). The 
second objective is to include vibrational effects and evaluate exciton-polaron couplings and 
nonradiative decay rates. These enhanced electronic structure approaches will be integrated 
in the Amsterdam Modeling Suite software for computational chemistry.

This position is especially suited to candidates who like programming and method 
development and are interested in the atmosphere of a software company as well as an 
academic group. The project will involve a close collaboration between the Theoretical 
Chemistry group at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and SCM, which share premises and 
form a stimulating experienced research environment. The PhD student will also have a desk 
at an SCM room, will have the chance to learn from experienced SCM developers, and there 
may be options for follow-up employment at SCM after the PhD. 

Develop and implement new quantum chemical methods to improve the modelling of 
electronically excited states; proof-of-concept method applications in collaboration with 
partner research groups; preparation of scientific publications.

M.Sc. in a relevant field (physics or chemistry); proven algorithm and software development 
skills combined with a solid knowledge of computational (quantum) chemistry methods; 
good communication skills in the English language.

 Further particulars :
This is a four-year Ph. D. position. 
You can find information about the excellent fringe benefits of employment at like: 
- remuneration of 8,3% end-of-year bonus and  8% holiday allowance 
- contribution (65%) commuting allowance based on public transport;
- discounts on collective insurances (healthcare- and car insurance);
- a wide range of sports facilities which staff may use at a modest charge.
Applicants are requested to write a letter in which they describe their abilities and motivation, 
accompanied by their curriculum vitae, copies of relevant research papers and two letters of 
recommendation. Written applications should be sent (via email) before June 8, 2018 to: 

Prof. dr. L. Visscher
Theoretical Chemistry
VU University Amsterdam
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