In accordance with the Competitive Hiring Process Code of Charles University
the Dean of the Faculty of Mathematics and Physics of Charles University
announces opening of the following scientific postdoc positions
with submission deadline February 15, 2022

School of Physics

Postdoctoral position at the Institute of Theoretical Physics in the field of Time-Resolved Photoelectron Spectroscopy

ID of the position: 202202-PD-UTF

Qualification requirements: The project's aim is to use time-resolved photoelectron spectroscopy to study ultrafast electronic and nuclear dynamics in molecules. We will use novel probing techniques to gain an unprecedented insight into quantum molecular dynamics. This work will be done as part of an international collaboration including experiments (Dr Russell Minns, University of Southampton) and state of art theory of quantum dynamics (Dr Adam Kirrander, University of Edinburgh). You will use and develop the molecular R-matrix codes to perform modelling of the photoionization dynamics and work on integration of this data into simulations of nuclear dynamics. This will require using advanced electronic structure methods and modelling of continuum dynamics at various levels of approximation. This is an exciting opportunity to gain experience in working with all aspects of the problem from electronic to nuclear dynamics and on interpretation of the experimental data.

The expertise of the researcher should be close to one of the topics: quantum theory of particle collisions and perturbative photoionization, computations of molecular electronic spectra using quantum chemistry packages (e.g. Molpro, Gaussian), non-adiabatic dynamics of molecular nuclear dynamics, high performance computing, programming in Fortran and knowledge of scripting languages (Python, Bash, etc). Previous experience with using ab initio packages for electron scattering on multi-electron molecules (e.g. Schwinger multi-channel, R-matrix, Kohn) and with computations of molecular nuclear dynamics in the continuum is advantageous.

A publishing activity in the field in impacted periodicals is required.

Expected starting date is April 1, 2022, and is negotiable.


All applicants are required to have a Ph.D. (or equivalent) in the relevant field, achieved a maximum of eight years ago. This period does not include the period of maternity leave, parental leave, military service, periods of serious health complications, or periods of other similar legal long-term obstacles to work (e.g. time spent in long-term care for a family member/close person). Publication activity in the given field in periodicals recognized in the given field and further experience from stays at foreign workplaces are assumed.

Electronic applications, i.e., a scan of the signed cover letter accompanied by

  • Curriculum vitae
  • Proofs of education (PhD diploma or an equivalent certificate)
  • List of publications with overview of citations (by WoS)
  • Description of scientific experience
  • Research statement

should be sent to the email address by February 15, 2022. The subject of this e-mail should contain the ID of the position.

The candidate should also arrange for two letters of recommendation to be emailed to the same address (and to the address possibly specified above). The subjects of these e-mails should also contain the ID of the position.

Published on January 13, 2022


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