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Subject: 19.03.08 PhD program in Computational Sciences (DFT calculations to characterize performance of heterogeneous catalytic systems)
The Position and the Research
We seek a talented and ambitious researcher for a project to model the performance 
of highly efficient heterogeneous catalysts using first principles-based atomistic 
simulations. Successful applicants will be admitted to the PhD program in Computational
 Sciences. The researcher/student will be trained to use density functional theory (DFT) 
calculations to characterize performance of heterogeneous catalytic systems at atomic 
level and will work towards the development of systematic methods to identify optimal 
compositions of the underlying support and the catalyst for dry reforming of methane, 
in close collaboration with experimentalists.

The work will be carried out in the Computation-based Science and Technology 
Research Center (CaSToRC) of The Cyprus Institute (CyI) which hosts national 
state-of-the-art High-Performance Computing (HPC) supercomputing facility (CyTera). 
DFT computational simulations will provide an invaluable tool to guide experimental 
synthesis efforts for the development of new heterogeneous catalytic systems which 
will be carried out at the Nanoparticle/Nanomaterial Synthesis and Characterization 
Laboratory (NanoLab) of The Cyprus institute and the Department of Chemistry of 
the University of Cyprus.

Expected starting date: within 2019.

The Institute and the Research Center
The Cyprus Institute (CyI) is a new (established in 2005) and rapidly growing non-profit 
research and educational institution with scientific and technological focus. It is 
supported by the Government of Cyprus, which views its establishment as important to 
its overall policy of transforming Cyprus into a regional center for research and 
education. The Computation-based Science and Technology Research Center 
(CaSToRC) of CyI pioneers the introduction, development and employment of intense 
computational methods and data to advance scientific and technological disciplines. 
Backed by CyI's Tier-1 supercomputing facility, CaSToRC aspires to cultivate the use 
of High Performance Computing (HPC) and Data Science in Cyprus and the Eastern 
Mediterranean and to serve the needs for computational and data intensive applications.
 The Energy, Environment and Water Research Centre (EEWRC) of CyI was launched 
in December 2007 as the first research centre of the Institute. EEWRC works in close 
collaboration with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), the Max Planck 
Institute for Chemistry, and Delft University of Technology on societally relevant topics
 related to Energy and Renewables, Environment and Climate, as well as Water and 
Natural Resources.

The Candidate
The successful candidate will have to be a university graduate (MSc level) with a relevant
 academic degree (i.e., a degree in physics, chemistry and/or engineering). He/she 
should have a strong interest and provable affinity with fundamentals of physical 
chemistry. A background in electronic structure theory, and knowledge of using quantum
 chemistry software such as Quantum ESPRESSO, VASP, Gaussian or similar will be 
considered as an advantage. Good oral and written communication skills in English, 
above-average study results, and the ability to work in interdisciplinary teams are a 

Applicants should also refer to additional information about admission requirements 
which can be found on our website under the PhD in Computational Sciences 
Admissions section.  When filling out the online application in order to be considered 
for this position candidates must specify the Reference Number: GS-EAS-HCM-18-7.
The application deadline is October 1, 2019.
Estimated maximum salary: EUR 14000-15000 per annum
Employment basis: Temporary for specified period
Duration of the contract: 36 months, extendable
Maximum hours per week: 40 (50% work on the project and 50% self-study)
Other Information
You can seek further information for applying for this position, by sending your CV and 
motivation letter to Yury Suleymanov (y.suleymanov^_^ or George Biskos 
(e-mail: g.biskos^_^; tel. +357 22208618).
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