PhD positions in theoretical quantum chemistry/physics (2.0 FTE)

University of Groningen
March 01, 2024
Offerd Salary:€ 2,770
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PhD positions in theoretical quantum chemistry/physics (2.0 FTE)


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Full job title: 2 PhD positions in theoretical quantum chemistry/physics at University of Groningen and University of Twente

We invite applications for two PhD positions, one with Dr. Remco Havenith at the University of Groningen and one with Prof. Claudia Filippi at the University of Twente in the Netherlands. We are looking for talented and highly motivated candidates to work on a collaborative project between the two groups on the combined development of advanced valence bond and quantum Monte Carlo methods for the study of excited-state processes in complex systems.

The project will focus on the development and implementation of non-orthogonal configuration interaction as well as quantum Monte Carlo methods for an accurate and chemically interpretable description of excited states. The resulting methods will be applied to potential upconversion materials.


We are looking for candidates with:

  • a master's degree in chemistry or physics, with a specialization in theoretical chemistry/physics or related fields
  • a strong interest in method and software development
  • preferably, some programming experience in Fortran or C/C++
  • English writing and presentation skills.
  • Organisation Conditions of employment

    We offer you in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities:

  • a salary of € 2,770 gross per month in the first year, up to a maximum of € 3,539 gross per month in the fourth and final year, based on a full-time position (1.0 FTE)
  • a holiday allowance of 8% gross annual income
  • an 8.3% year-end bonus
  • a position for four years; Groningen: you will get a temporary position of one year with the option of renewal for another three years; prolongation of the contract is contingent on sufficient progress in the first year to indicate that a successful completion of the PhD thesis within the next three years is to be expected; Twente: you will receive a contract for four years but, in the second part of the first year, there will be an assessment of your performance and you will have to pass a so-called Qualifier interview
  • a university PhD training programme is part of the agreement and the successful candidates will be enrolled in the Graduate School of Science and Engineering.
  • The starting date is flexible, but must be before July 2024


    You may apply for this position until 29 February 11:59pm / before 1 March 2024 Dutch local time (CET) by means of the application form (click on "Apply" below on the advertisement on the university website).

  • your CV
  • a short motivation letter, in which you indicate in which position you are interested
  • the names of 2 or more references.
  • Both the University of Groningen and the University of Twente strive to be a university in which students and staff are respected and feel at home, regardless of differences in background, experiences, perspectives, and identities. We believe that working on our core values of inclusion and equality are a joint responsibility and we are constructively working on creating a socially safe environment. Diversity among students and staff members enriches academic debate and contributes to the quality of our teaching and research. We therefore invite applicants from underrepresented groups in particular to apply. For more information, see also the diversity policy websites of the University of Groningen: https: // www. ug/policy-and-strategy/diversity-and-inclusion/?lang=en and the University of Twente: https: // www.

    Our selection procedure follows the guidelines of the Recruitment code (NVP): https: // www. and European Commission's European Code of Conduct for recruitment of researchers:

    https: //

    Unsolicited marketing is not appreciated.


    For information you can contact:

  • Dr. Remco Havenith, r.w.a.havenith
  • Prof. dr. Claudia Filippi, c.filippi
  • Please do not use the e-mail address(es) above for applications.

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