Postdoctoral position in theoretical modeling of ultrafast magnetization dynamics

Postdoctoral position in theoretical modeling of ultrafast magnetization dynamics

at the Department of Physics and Astronomy, Uppsala University, Sweden.

Application no later than 2013-01-14. UFV-PA 2012/3172

Starting date: according to mutual agreement.

Research area: theoretical and computational materials physics

The candidate is expected to perform theoretical investigations and computational modeling of laser-induced non-equilibrium magnetization processes in magnetic materials on ultrashort time scales. The research work includes development of theoretical models and computer programs for ultrafast optical control of magnetization in strong laser fields. Density-functional theory (DFT) programs will be used for accurate description of magnetic materials. The research will be performed in a EU project “FemtoSpin” in collaboration with both experimental and theoretical researchers from various countries.

The prospective applicant is expected to be strongly motivated and have a PhD degree in theoretical or computational physics or materials science. Excellent capabilities to perform research should be demonstrated through publications in peer-reviewed journals. Experience with large-scale ab initio calculations is desirable, as is also the ability to perform computer code development. Good communicational skills both orally and in written English, and also the ability to work independently, are required.

The application should include a description of research interests and relevant experiences, CV, certificates of exams, degrees and grades, a copy of the PhD or outline of the PhD thesis, and list of publication and other relevant materials. Applicants are asked to provide names of two reference persons or to include recommendation letters.

The postdoctoral position is for two years. The candidate is offered the possibility to work in an exciting modern research area in physics and will have the opportunity to interact and collaborate with leading experimental and theoretical groups in the European network.

Further information about the postgraduate education at the Department of Physics and Astronomy is available at

Uppsala University is aiming for a more even gender distribution and women are especially encouraged to apply.

More information concerning the position can be obtained from Professor Peter Oppeneer, e-mail:, phone +46-(0)18 471 3748.

Labor Union representatives are Anders Grundström, SACO, phone +46 18 471 5380, Carin Söderhäll, TCO/ST, phone +46 18 471 1996 and Stefan Djurström, SEKO, phone +46 18 471 3315.

You are welcome to submit your application electronically no later than 14 January 2013, UFV-PA 2012/3172. Use the link below to access the application form.

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