One Tenure Track Position in Computational Material Sciences

Genoa (IT)
European standards
October 01 2020
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Full Time
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One Tenure Track Position in Computational Material Sciences

Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (IIT) is pleased to announce a new tenure-track opening (open rank). 

IIT has state-of-the-art facilities and has rapidly established itself among the top research institutes worldwide. IIT has a strongly international character, with more than 50% of the scientific staff coming from over 60 countries worldwide.

IIT seeks dynamic, highly motivated, independent and innovative researchers to join its community of scientists engaged in cutting-edge research and development. Candidates must be creative thinkers who overcome traditional scientific boundaries, with the overarching goal of melding science and technology to improve human health, welfare and sustainability.

The tenure-track scientists are intellectually and financially independent principal investigators. At IIT they will enjoy world-class start-up and operational funding, as well as internationally competitive salaries and benefits. IIT also strongly encourages and assists its scientists in expanding their research scope by obtaining independent external support from national, European and international funding agencies.

Hiring procedures of IIT are based solely on scientific credentials, and our search committees include external members from foreign institutions to provide diverse and independent perspectives.

IIT is looking for candidates with outstanding track records in Computational Material Sciences with particular focus on the development and application of atomistic modelling techniques to address key questions on the surface chemistry of semiconductor colloidal nanocrystals in relation, but not limited, to the improvement of their opto-electronic properties.

The successful candidate will perform and supervise advanced computations using state-of-the-art HPC facilities at IIT (including hybrid CPU/GPU infrastructures) and at supercomputing centers at national and international level. She/he will be involved in the research activity of the Institute and will perform and develop her/his own independent research line.

The candidate must have a PhD Degree and extensive postdoctoral experience, as well as a groundbreaking record of accomplishments (publications, attracting grants, etc.) in Computational Chemistry/Physics or related fields. Profound expertise in quantum mechanics-based approaches and related methodologies, with application in the area of material science and nanoscience is required. Deep knowledge of Density Functional Theory and related methods is also crucial for covering a wide spectrum of expertise required in computational material sciences.

In particular, IIT seeks world-class established long-standing experience in:

  • Modeling the electronic, surface, and structural properties of colloidal semiconductor nanocrystals and lead halide perovskite materials.
  • Knowledge in the development of analysis tools written in Python or other programming languages and their application to problems relevant to the present call.
  • Strong and proven experience in collaborating with worldwide and leading experimental groups in the field of colloidal semiconductor nanocrystals.

Ideal candidates will have expertise in both materials science research and development of new computational tools to study in an innovative way colloidal semiconductor nanocrystals, and be enthusiastic in engaging in cross-disciplinary research projects as well as collaboration with colleagues at IIT.

The ability to quickly establish and lead an independent, world-class research group is paramount.

A Ph.D. or equivalent graduate degree, as well as relevant postdoctoral experience are required at the time of application.

To apply for the position candidates should register at  and upload their evaluation package (in a single PDF file) containing:

  1. CV, including a list of published papers (with evidence of the 5 most representative publications), patents, and research grants directly awarded to the candidate (as principal investigator or work-package coordinator)
  2. 3-page research statement containing a summary of previous research contributions and a description of plans for future work.

Applicants should also provide names and contact information of three references, familiar with the applicant’s research accomplishments, to prepare letters of recommendation. For junior faculty applicants, references will usually include the applicant’s PhD and postdoctoral advisor(s).

The reference letters must be directly uploaded by their authors on the candidate’s application page and will be made visible to the candidate.

Please note that the system allows candidates to submit complete applications only (i.e.: evaluation package and referees’ contact details). Partially completed applications or registrations will not be considered.

Deadline for submission of applications is 31/12/2020.

Please note that the deadline for submission of reference letters by the referees is 15/01/2021.

Shortlisted candidates will be invited to IIT for an interview.

For further information about our Tenure Track process, please send an email to

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IIT is an equal opportunities employer that actively seeks diversity in the workforce.

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