Nordita, NORDITA-Nordic Institute for Theoretical Physics

2234 9318
Position ID:NORDITA-Nordita-PDDFT17 [#9318]
Position Title: Postdoctoral position in condensed matter theory with the focus on materials informatics and topological materials at Nordita
Position Type:Postdoctoral
Position Location:Stockholm, Stockholms Lan 11419, Sweden [map]
Subject Areas: Big Data Analytics / Computer Science
Theoretical Physics / Condensed matter theory
Physics / Condensed Matter Physics, Theoretical Physics, Condensed Matter Theory, Materials Science, Hard Condensed Matter Theory, materials-related physics, Computational physics
Condensed Matter Physics / Condensed Matter Physics, Electronic Structure, Strongly Correlated Materials, Theoretical Condensed Matter, Condensed Matter Theory
Machine Learning / Machine Learning
Starting Date:2017/10/01
Appl Deadline:2017/09/30 (posted 2017/07/05, listed until 2017/11/01)
Position Description:    

Nordita, the Nordic Institute for Theoretical Physics, is pleased to announce a postdoctoral position in condensed matter theory with the focus on materials informatics and topological materials.

Project description

Recent growth of computational power and high demand for prediction of materials with target properties have led to a new way of doing materials research referred to as materials informatics. This approach places the main effort on performing high-throughput computing combined with data mining. Applications of this data-driven approach are wide-ranging and cover the search for various quantum materials with special electrical, optical and magnetic properties, including the 2016 Nobel Prize-winning topological states of matter. Successful candidate(s) are expected to bridge the analytic and ab initio calculations in the framework of density functional theory within the field of quantum materials, including van der Waals and Dirac materials, topological materials, superconductivity, photovoltaics and multiferroics. The project is closely tied to the development of the open-access organic materials database OMDB ( which is being build up at Nordita.

Main responsibilities

The project involves performing high-throughput calculations based on the density functional theory, development of theoretical and statistical tools for the prediction, search and analysis of properties of quantum materials. It includes conducting a strong research program, and interacting with colleagues and visitors at Nordita and elsewhere in the Nordic countries.

Qualification requirements

Postdoctoral positions are appointed primarily for purposes of research. Applicants are expected to hold a Swedish doctoral degree or an equivalent degree from another country.

Assessment criteria

The degree should have been completed no more than four years before the deadline for applications. An older degree may be acceptable under special circumstances, which may involve sick leave, parental leave, clinical attachment, elected positions in trade unions, or similar.

In the appointment process, special attention will be given to strong candidates in the areas of computational or theoretical physics with experience in density functional theory calculations.

Terms of employment

The position involves full-time employment for a maximum of two years, with the possibility of extension under special circumstances. Start date is in October 2017 or as per agreement.

Stockholm University strives to be a workplace free from discrimination and with equal opportunities for all.


Further information about the position can be obtained from Professor Alexander V. Balatsky,


Please include the following information with your online application:

  • Cover letter
  • CV, including
    • degrees and other completed courses
    • work experience
  • Research statement (no more than 3 pages) describing:
    • why you are interested in the field/project described in the advertisement
    • what makes you suitable for the project
    • how you wish to complete the project
  • Publication list
  • Contact details for 3 references

Application Materials Required:
Submit the following items online at this website to complete your application:
And anything else requested in the position description.

Further Info:
+46 (0)8 5537 8473
AlbaNova University Center
Roslagstullsbacken 23
SE-106 91 Stockholm

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