NORDITA-Nordic Institute for Theoretical Physics, Nordita

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Position ID:NORDITA-Nordita-PDCMD18 [#11697]
Position Title: Two Postdoctoral Fellows in Theoretical Condensed Matter at Nordita: Dynamic Quantum Matter and Material Informatics
Position Type:Postdoctoral
Position Location:Stockholm, Stockholms Lan 11419, Sweden [map]
Subject Areas: Physics / Condensed Matter Physics, Theoretical Physics, Condensed Matter Theory, Materials Science, Hard Condensed Matter Theory, materials-related physics, Computational physics
Big Data Analytics / Computer Science
Theoretical Physics / Condensed matter theory
Condensed Matter Physics / Condensed Matter Physics, Electronic Structure, Strongly Correlated Materials, Theoretical Condensed Matter, Condensed Matter Theory
Machine Learning / Machine Learning
Appl Deadline:2018/11/15 finished (2018/08/22, finished 2019/05/19, listed until 2019/02/22)
Position Description:    

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Nordita, the Nordic Insitute for Theoretical Physics, invites applications for two postdoctoral fellows in Theoretical Condensed Matter Physics: Dynamic Quantum Matter and Materials Informatics.

Project description

We expect to have openings for two postdoctoral positions in theoretical condensed matter physics:

  1. One position will have the focus on Dynamic Quantum Matter. Quantum materials have stimulated a host of new ideas based on unconventional correlated, entangled, and topological orders. Correlations, entanglement, novel dynamic orders determine the properties of quantum materials and naturally reveal themselves in the time domain. We seek a qualified PD in this area with particular focus on dynamic superconducting states, odd-frequency superconductivity, dynamic multiferroicity and Dirac materials.

  2. A second position will be in machine learning and data informatics. 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. 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 built up at Nordita.

Main responsibilities

The positions include conducting a strong research and interacting with colleagues and visitors at Nordita, KTH Royal Institute of Technology and Stockholm University, 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 three 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 research skills and ability to conduct research in the interactive interdisciplinary environment. 

Terms of employment

The position involves full-time employment for one year, with the possibility of extension for one or two years depending on circumstances. The start date is 14 January 2019 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, Nordita,


Apply for the position at Stockholm University's recruitment system by clicking the "Apply" button. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that the application is complete in accordance with the instructions in the job advertisement, and that it is submitted before the deadline.

Please include the following documents with your application (items marked with an asterisk (*) are obligatory):

  • Cover letter*
  • CV* – degrees and other completed courses, work experience and a list of publications
  • Research proposal (no more than 3 pages) describing:
    • why you are interested in the field/project described in the advertisement
    • why and how you wish to complete the project
    • what makes you suitable for the project in question
  • Copy of PhD diploma*
  • Any publications you might want to add in support of your application (no more than 3 files).
  • Contact details for 2–3 references
    Important: Your academic referees sould send us their letters of recommendation no later than on the deadline for application, via e-mail to: and state in the subject line "SU FV-2527-18" + name of the applicant.

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Contact: Alexander V. Balatsky, +46 (0)8 5537 8423, +46 (0)8 5537 8404 (fax)
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