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Researcher - Computational Design of Efficient Thermoelectric Bi2Te3 Thin F

IS-5 Researcher - Computational Design of Efficient Thermoelectric Bi2Te3 Thin Films

Contract: Full Time/Fixed Term

One postdoctoral 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 up to December 31, 2020, and it is available immediately.

The goal of this project is to develop new and use existing computational methods to model thermoelectric properties of nanostructured materials and alloys, 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, as well as classical molecular dynamics simulations using empirical or machine-learned interatomic potentials.

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. Kafil Razeeb, Tyndall National Institute, who is working on Bi2Te3 material synthesis and characterisation.

Key Responsibilities

  • Develop new and use existing computational methods to model thermoelectric properties of nanostructured materials and alloys, based on density functional theory and/or molecular dynamics.
  • Apply the computational methods above to understand and design thermoelectric properties of Bi2Te3-based materials and alloys.
  • Effectively communicate research findings in the form of journal publications and conference presentations.
  • Partially supervise/assist postgraduate students.
  • Participate in Education and Public Engagement activities, as required.
  • Ensure all activities are compliant with the Tyndall Quality Management system.
  • Ensure all activities are compliant with the required Health and Safety standards.

Essential Criteria

  • A PhD in Physics, Chemistry, Materials Science or a related discipline before the start of the contract.
  • Considerable experience in material modelling and simulation.
  • Track record of high quality peer reviewed publications.
  • Proven ability to conduct research independently, as well as a part of the team.
  • Excellent communication and writing skills.

Desirable Criteria

  • Preference will be given to candidates with strong background in at least one of the following areas: density functional theory, molecular dynamics, development of interatomic potentials, and modelling of electronic or thermal transport properties of materials.

Informal enquiries concerning this position, accompanied with CV and motivation letter, can be made to Dr. Ivana Savic (ivana.savic@tyndall.ie).

Appointment may be made on the IUA Researcher Scale €37,221 - €44,266 depending on qualification and experience.

Application Instructions

Step 1 - please click here to download the Application form and indicate IS-5 as the Job Reference.

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

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.