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IS-3 PhD position in Materials Theory

Title: Computational Design of Efficient Thermoelectric Bi2Te3 Thin Films for Tyndall

Contract: Full Time/Fixed Term

One PhD position is available in the Materials Theory Group at the Tyndall National Institute, University College Cork, Ireland, under the supervision of Dr. Ivana Savic ( The position is fully funded for up to 4 years, and it is available immediately.

The goal of this project is to develop computational methods to model thermoelectric transport in nanostructured materials, and apply them to understand and design thermoelectric properties of Bi2Te3-based materials. This will involve state-of-the-art electronic structure methods to describe electronic and vibrational degrees of freedom and their interactions. Thermoelectric transport processes will be simulated using the combination of Green's function and Boltzmann transport approaches.

This project will be a part of the larger effort undertaken within the Science Foundation Ireland Research Centre for Future Networks and Communications CONNECT ( to develop efficient devices for powering the Internet of Things. It will involve collaboration with Dr. Eamonn Murray, Imperial College London (theory and simulation), and Dr. Kafil Razeeb, Tyndall National Institute (Bi2Te3 material synthesis and characterisation). The PhD student will also benefit from CONNECT's training programme on career development and leadership skills.


  • PhD applicants must hold a first class honours degree or Masters in Physics or a related discipline before the start of the studentship. A strong background in quantum mechanics, statistical physics and/or solid state physics and interest in materials modelling and computer simulation are required, as well as proficiency in English.

The PhD position is funded for 4 years, including a monthly stipend and a travel budget to present at international conferences. The studentship will cover the related fees and a stipend of €18,000 pa.

Informal enquiries concerning this position, accompanied with CV and motivation letter, can be made to Dr. Ivana Savic ( and Dr. Eamonn Murray (

An annual student stipend of €18,000.00 applies for this successful candidate for this position.  Yearly University academic fees will paid by the Tyndall National Institute.

Application Instructions

Step 1 - please click here to download the application form

Step 2 -  return the completed application form, together with your cv, motivation letter and references to  Handwritten forms will not be accepted. 

Applications should include: 1) a cover letter explaining their interest in the project topic and mentioning any relevant background and/or experience; 2) a Curriculum Vitae. Academic transcripts and two academic references will be required after a shortlisting process takes place.

Please note that Garda vetting and/or an international police clearance check may form part of the selection process.

The University, at its discretion, may undertake to make an additional appointment(s) from this competition following the conclusion of the process.

At this time, Tyndall National Institute does not require the assistance of recruitment agencies.

Tyndall National Institute at University College, Cork is an Equal Opportunities Employer.