Post Doc in Electronic Excitations of Light-Converting Systems
University of Twente Faculty of Science and Technology

Job description

You will work in the group “Electronic excitations of light-converting systems” at the University of Twente (UT) in the Netherlands. We are passionate about using and developing electronic structure theory to understand electronic excitations in complex inorganic and organic systems. A particular focus in the last years has been the study of halide perovskites for energy applications, and, more recently, of natural light harvesting.

We are looking for a postdoc interested in electronic structure theory methods, in particular density functional theory and Green’s function-based many-body perturbation theory. The goal of this project is to develop methods that allow for an accurate calculation of charged and neutral excitations within the framework of Kohn-Sham density functional theory, i.e., at moderate computational cost. These methods will be applicable to solids, in particular the halide perovskites in which spin-orbit coupling plays an important role.

Your profile

You are enthusiastic, and highly motivated to do research, and have a PhD in physics, or in a closely related discipline. A background in electronic structure theory is desirable and strong programming skills are essential. You have strong communication skills, including fluency in written and spoken English, and do not shy away from intensive communication with international collaborators from experiment and theory alike.


If you are interested, you are encouraged to apply through the application button at the bottom of this page.

Your application consists of the following documents:

  • A short motivation letter (half a page) describing your research interests and why you want to apply for this position
  • A detailed CV including a list of your publications
  • A letter of recommendation sent directly to 

For more information about the position, do not hesitate to contact Dr. Linn Leppert at 

Our offer

We want you to play a key role in this ambitious project in an inspiring, international work environment. We provide excellent mentorship and a stimulating, modern research environment with world-class research facilities. You will have an employment contract for the duration of 2 years, and you are eligible for all employee benefits the UT offers:

  • A gross salary between € 3.255,- and € 4.274,- per month, depending on experience and qualifications;
  • An annual holiday allowance of 8% of the gross annual salary, and an annual end of year bonus of 8.3%;
  • A solid pension scheme;
  • Minimum of 29 leave days in case of full-time employment;
  • Professional and personal development programs; We strive for diversity and fairness in hiring.
  • You will be part of a dynamic research group with colleagues working on similar topics. The UT is a green campus with excellent facilities and resources for professional and personal development.

The organization

The University of Twente. We stand for life sciences and technology. High tech and human touch. Education and research that matter. New technology which leads change, innovation and progress in society. The University of Twente is the only campus university of the Netherlands; divided over five faculties we provide more than fifty educational programmes. We have a strong focus on personal development and talented researchers are given scope for carrying out groundbreaking research.

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status or disability status. Because of our diversity values we do particularly support women to apply.

Within the TNW Faculty (Faculty of Science & Technology) of the University of Twente some 700 staff members and 2000 students are involved in training and research on the interface of chemical technology, applied physics and biomedical technology. Fields of application include sustainable energy, process technology and materials science, nanotechnology and technical medicine. Research, which enjoys a high profile both at home and internationally, has been accommodated in the multidisciplinary research institutes: Mesa+ Institute, TechMed Centra and Digital Society Institute. The faculty works together intensively with industrial partners and researchers in the Netherlands and abroad and conducts extensive research for external commissioning parties and funders.

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