Postdoctoral Fellow in Advanced Energy Materials (Excited State Dynamics in Solar Energy Materials)

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Tuesday, February 14, 2023

The Higher School of Economics is a young, dynamic and fast-growing Russian research university. Over the past thirty years, HSE University has become a leader in Russian education and has been recognized internationally.

HSE University was the first state-run university in Russia to begin recruiting on the international academic market. We proceed from the understanding that the university, which responsibly approaches the training of new professionals, should select as teachers people who have real experience, as well as basic and applied knowledge. Committed to high-quality research, HSE University now has more than 100 research institutes and centres, and more than 50 international research laboratories led by eminent professors from all over the world.

The School of Electronic Engineering (MIEM, HSE University) in Moscow, Russia, invites applications for postdoctoral research positions in the field of Advanced Energy Materials:

Excited State Dynamics in Solar Energy Materials

Employ machine learning (ML) techniques to investigate the excited carrier recombination properties in solar energy materials. Calculate the recombination dynamics with density functional theory (DFT) and explore the dependence between electronic structure and local configuration. Adapt ML algorithms into analyzing the distribution of orbitals involved in the carrier recombination process. Some data-driven models are expected to be established. This project is supposed to help understand and design advanced energy materials for solar cell, photocatalytic, and photoelectrochemical applications. For further reading see: Wei Li, Yalan She, Andrey S. Vasenko, Oleg V. Prezhdo. Ab initio nonadiabatic molecular dynamics of charge carriers in metal halide perovskites // Nanoscale. 2021. Vol. 13. No. 23. P. 10239-10265.


The general requirements for the postdoctoral fellowship positions are the following:

Candidates must hold a recent PhD in the field of Quantum chemistry, Energy Science and Engineering, Condensed matter theoretical physics or related areas which was awarded over the last 5 years or received before starting work at HSE in a relevant field by an internationally recognized university and has been assessed by external reviewers as having the potential to pursue research that is publishable in leading peer-reviewed journals;
Candidates should have a strong background in density functional theory (DFT) simulations using VASP and Quantum Espresso codes and the ability to work in a team;
Fluent English is an obligatory condition as research and other activities are conducted in English. Knowledge of Russian is not required;
Relevant experience in nonadiabatic molecular dynamics and machine learning methods will be an asset although not required.

The position involves:
● working under the direct supervision of Prof. Andrey Vasenko;
● participants are encouraged to pursue their own research along with working on School of Electronic Engineering research projects such as:
o Photoinduced dynamics in novel nanoscale systems;
o Chemical interactions in charge and energy transfer at nanoscale interfaces.
● writing research papers for international peer-reviewed journals in co-authorship with Prof. Andrey Vasenko and other members of the School of Electronic Engineering (MIEM, HSE University);
● participation in the events of the School of Electronic Engineering and other contribution to the School of Electronic Engineering development;
● public presentations of candidate’s own research to the academic community;
● some teaching is encouraged, though not required.


Appointments are made for one year. Postdoctoral fellows have high opportunity of renewal of the contract (no more than two times) in case of outstanding performance.

HSE University offers postdoctoral fellows a competitive salary, the standard medical insurance plan, a working space equipped with a computer and free Internet access at the University.

The School of Electronic Engineering in MIEM HSE offers access to HSE University cHARISMa supercomputer that operates at a peak computing rate of 2 petaFLOPS and possibility of using VASP codes.

Application Process

Applications must be submitted online. Please provide a CV, a statement of research interest and a recent research paper submitted via the online application form. At least two letters of recommendation should be sent directly to the International Faculty Recruitment Office at before the application deadline. Please note that direct applications to the hiringdepartment may not be reviewed.

The deadline for the applications is February 14, 2023.
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