PhD Student – Quantum Technologies – Modelling of two-dimensional materials heterostructure

We are currently accepting applications for the above mentioned position. This is a unique opportunity for highly motivated students recently graduated from the University in Physics or related fields to gain research experience in one of DIPC’s high-profile research teams.


The graduate student will have a two-fold work; on one side will develop continuum models for describing the physics of the moiré low-dimensional systems obtained in two-dimensional materials heterostructure. These models will result from a tight interaction with the experimental partners to get the optimal parameters for the models. On the other side, we will collaborate with the two external theory partners (Daniele Passereone — EMPA/ETH-Zurich, Switzerland & Talat Rahman —University of Central Florida, USA) for benchmarking the results of the effective continuum models with atomistic prediction obtained via first-principle methods. Furthermore, the graduate student will get acquainted with the Kernel Polynomial Method besides the abovementioned methods. This is a real space technique that allows obtaining several information in lattice systems that lack translational invariance. The latter is a typical property of moiré systems.

The position needs to be filled before July 1st. Given this tight schedule, only EU nationals or applicants with a valid working permit for Spain will be considered.

The candidate is expected to have a good understanding of condensed matter physics. A fundamental prerequisite is a knowledge of software for ab initio quantum chemistry methods such as VASP or Quantum ESPRESSO. In addition, a good command of English is mandatory.

Contract duration: 1 year (possibility to extend up to 3 years)
Estimated annual gross salary: Salary is commensurate with qualifications and consistent with our pay scales
Target start date: 01/07/2023
We provide a highly stimulating research environment, and unique professional career development opportunities.

We offer and promote a diverse and inclusive environment and welcomes applicants regardless of age, disability, gender, nationality, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation or gender identity.

We offer a Ph.D. position in the context of condensed matter physics. The student will conduct research in the framework of the project “Analogue quantum simulations in moiré low-dimensional materials” supported by the Basque Government via the IKUR Quantum Initiative. The project is in tight collaboration with the experimental group of Lucia Vitali (CFM-CICS, Donostia-San Sebastián). The student will work within the Mesoscopic Electron and Photon System group led by Dr. Dario Bercioux at the DIPC.


Interested candidates should submit an updated CV and a brief statement of interest to the following application email below.

Reference letters are welcome but not indispensable.

The reference of the specific opening to which the candidate is applying should be stated in the subject line, and the application must be received before the application deadline.

Although candidates are welcome to contact the project supervisors to know further details about the proposed research activity, please be aware that the application will be evaluated only if it is submitted directly to the email address listed below as application email.

Reference: 2023/64
Application deadline: 12/06/2023
Application email:


Applications received by the deadline will be evaluated by a Committee designed by the DIPC board on the basis of the following criteria:

CV of the candidate (60%)
Adequacy of the candidate’s scientific background to the project (20%)
Reference letters (10%)
Other: Diversity in gender, race, nationality, etc. (10%)
Evaluation results will be communicated to the candidates soon after. Positions will only be filled if qualified candidates are found.

The DIPC may revoke its decision if the candidate fails to join by the appointed time, in which case the position will be awarded to the candidate with the next highest score, provided it is above 50 (out of 100).

However, the selected candidate may keep the position if, in the opinion of the Selection Committee, the candidate duly justifies the reasons why he or she cannot join before the specified deadline, and as long as the project allows it.

This project has been supported by MCIN with funding from European Union NextGenerationEU (PRTR-C17.I1)