Theory and simulation of thermoelectric materials near structural phase transitions
1 PhD position is available in the Materials Theory Group at the Tyndall National Institute, Cork, Ireland, under the supervision of Dr. Ivana Savic (http://ivanasavic.gitlab.io) and Prof. Stephen Fahy (http://research.ucc.ie/profiles/D006/sfahy). The position is fully funded for up to 4 years and will commence in January 2017 or soon thereafter.
The goal is to develop a range of computational methods to model thermoelectric transport properties of materials near phase transitions. 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 Boltzmann transport and more advanced approaches. Our recent papers on this topic can be found at:
This is a highly collaborative project between the groups at Tyndall and Queen’s University Belfast headed by Prof. Jorge Kohanoff. It will also involve collaboration with experimental groups at Tyndall, Ben Gurion University (Israel) and Stanford (USA), working on material synthesis and characterisation, including ultrafast X-ray techniques.
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 solid state physics and interest in material modelling and computer simulation are required, as well as proficiency in English. Short descriptions of the projects the applicants have worked on and the codes they have developed should be included in the application.