Condensed Matter Physics, NORDITA-Nordic Institute for Theoretical Physics

1851 9317
Position ID:NORDITA-CM-PDMAT17B [#9317]
Position Title: Postdoctoral position in materials informatics with focus on data science and machine learning at Nordita
Position Type:Postdoctoral
Position Location:Stockholm, Stockholms Lan 114 19, Sweden [map]
Subject Areas: Physics / Condensed Matter Physics, Theoretical Physics, Condensed Matter Theory, Materials Science, Hard Condensed Matter Theory, Physics, materials-related physics, Computational physics
Materials Science / Computational, Materials by design
Condensed Matter Physics / Computational Physics, Condensed Matter Physics, Electronic Structure, Strongly Correlated Materials, Theoretical Condensed Matter, Condensed Matter Theory
Big Data Analytics / Computer Science
Starting Date:2017/10/01
Appl Deadline:2017/09/30* finished (making offers posted 2017/07/04, listed until 2017/11/01)
Position Description:    

*** The account for Condensed Matter Physics, NORDITA-Nordic Institute for Theoretical Physics has expired, and no new applications will be accepted. ***

Nordita, the Nordic Institute for Theoretical Physics, is pleased to announce a postdoctoral position in materials informatics with focus on data science and machine learning.

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, for instance, the search for various functional materials with special electrical, optical and magnetic properties, including the 2016 Nobel Prize-winning topological states of matter. The intended project is highly interdisciplinary and bridges the gap between data science and theoretical condensed matter physics. It comprises work on the open-access organic materials database OMDB ( containing output from thousands of electronic structure calculations for organic crystals. The outcome will represent a significant contribution towards the prediction of novel functional materials via advanced data mining and machine learning tools.

Main responsibilities

The project involves both development and application of data mining and machine learning tools for materials data analysis. 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 theoretical or computational physics with interest and experience in data science and machine learning.

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.


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:
AlbaNova University Center
Roslagstullsbacken 23
SE-106 91 Stockholm

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