Postdoctoral Researcher in theoretical atomic-scale optics of low-dimensional materials


FZU – Institute of Physics of the Czech Academy of Sciences is a leading public research institution located in Prague, Czechia. FZU is the largest institute of the Czech Academy of Sciences with more than 1100 employees. FZU pursues high-quality, innovative, and ground-breaking fundamental and applied research. Our researchers try to understand and explain the basic phenomena and processes of this world and respond to the current scientific and technical challenges of society.


The Light and matter theory group at the Institute of Physics (FZU) of the Czech Academy of Sciences (CAS) in Prague invites applications for the position above.

The successful candidate (m/f/d) will join a new research team led by Tomáš Neuman, established to investigate atomic-scale optical properties of molecules and low dimensional materials, particularly in the context of scanning probe microscopy and spectroscopy.

What you will do:

  • Focus on the investigation of transport and optical properties of 2D materials (transition-metal dichalcogenides - TMDCs, graphene-based structures, intrinsic, or artificially created defects in them, or [hetero]structures derived from them); perform, analyze, and interpret electronic-structure calculations using suitable first-principles software
  • Integrate results of ab-initio calculations into models addressing light-matter interaction in atomic-scale optical environments (light emission in scanning tunneling microscopy – STML, tip-enhanced photoluminescence - TEPL). This involves, e.g., solving Maxwell or Poisson equations in dielectric environments with suitable input sources
  • Develop models to address the dynamics of electron transport, excitons, and photons in atomic-scale optical environments (e.g., quantum master equation, Lindblad formalism)
  • Participate in group meetings, preparation of manuscripts, and dissemination of results at conferences
  • Work in an international environment in the heart of Europe and collaborate with our international partners in Europe and beyond

Required qualifications:

  • Ph.D. in physics, chemistry, or a related field
  • Operational knowledge of methods to address excitations in 2D materials and derived structures (e.g., Quantum Espresso, ABINIT)
  • Programming skills (e.g., Python, Matlab, FORTRAN, C, C++)
  • Advanced English (written and spoken) is a must
  • Willingness to learn new techniques and approaches

Beneficial qualifications:

  • Experience with ab-initio modeling of optical properties of solids, particularly 2D materials
  • Knowledge of the theory of plasmonics and nanophotonics and the methods used therein
  • Modeling of scanning-tunneling microscopy and related phenomena

Terms of employment:

  • Start of employment as soon as possible, depending on the availability of the applicant
  • Full-time job with flexible hours, extended vacations, work from home, and a wide range of other benefits
  • 1- 2-year contract with possible extension
  • More information is available at: Why FZU?

Application procedure:

  • Please send your CV and motivation letter, including the publication record to the email address below: Monika Svobodová, Email: monika [dot] svobodova [at] fzu [dot] cz.
  • For further information please, contact Tomáš Neuman: neuman [at] fzu [dot] cz - Head of Working Group


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