PhD Scholarship Position in Electronic Transport and Atomic Dynamics in Nanostructures

A Ph.D. position in the theoretical nanoelectronics group at DTU-Nanotech is available

The basic aim is to develop a theoretical methodology and use it to calculate electronic transport properties and the effect of electronic current at the atomic scale in nano-conductors. In this project we especially wish to focus on the current-induced excited atomic dynamics in molecular-scale contacts. Our target is to model and predict the outcome of concrete experimental situations using first principles calculations based on density functional theory and non-equilibrium Greens function techniques [1-3].

The Ph.D. will be associated with the Theoretical Nanoelectronics group at the Department of Micro and Nanotechnology ( Official Website ) and will engage in a close collaboration with the Nano-Science Center, University of Copenhagen and international partners on both the theoretical and experimental side.

[1] M. Brandbyge, J. L. Mozos, P. Ordejon, J. Taylor, and K. Stokbro. Density-functional method for nonequilibrium electron transport.Phys. Rev. B, 65 (16): 165401, 2002.
[2] J.-T. Lü, M. Brandbyge, and P. Hedegård. Berry’s phase and runaway vibrations in molecular conductors. Submitted to Nano Letters.
[3] Mads Brandbyge. Atomic waterwheels go to work. NATURE NANOTECHNOLOGY, 4 (2): 81–82, FEB 2009.

A strong background (MSc. or comparable qualification) in theoretical physics, chemistry, or materials science is a prerequisite for the employment. Previous experience with theoretical nano-science, solid-state physics, quantum chemistry, and scientific computing represents an advantage.

Approval and Enrolment
The PhD scholarship is subject to academic approval and the candidate will be enrol­led in one of the general degree programmes of DTU. For information about the general requirements for enrolment and the general planning of the scholarship studies, please see the DTU PhD Guide.

Salary and appoint­­ment terms
The salary and appoint­­ment terms are consistent with the current rules for PhD students at DTU. The period of employment is 3 years.

Additional information
Additional information may be obtained from Associate Professor Mads Brandbyge, phone (+45) 4525 6328, e-mail: Mads.Brandbyge at

or Prof. Per Hedegård, (+45) 3532 0435 e-mail:

We must have your online application by 13 May 2011 at the latest. Please open the link “apply for this job online”, fill in the application form and attach all the following documents:

  • Curriculum vitae including a list of publications(guidelines)
  • A letter motivating the application (guidelines)
  • Grade transcripts and BSc/MSc diploma
  • Excel sheet with translation of grades to the Danish grading system (see guidelines and excel spreadsheet here)

Interviews are expected to be held end of May 2011.

Candidates may apply prior to ob­tai­ning their master’s degree, but cannot begin before having received it.

DTU needs diver­sity and supports equal opportunities irrespective of gender, disability, age, and ethnic background.

Apply for this job online

Application Deadline : 13 May 2011

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