Special Interest Group No.5 - Mineral & Inorganic Crystallography
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Open position at ETH Zürich

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We expect an opening of a postdoc position in the "Theory of Minerals at Extreme Conditions" group at the Laboratory of Crystallography, ETH Zürich, starting approximately from June 2006.

We seek a highly motivated researcher, ideally with a good background in high-pressure physics and/or ab initio simulations. Additional experience with computational methods is an advantage. The length of appointment is 3 years (extension is possible), with starting salary around 75000 SFr (ca 60000 USD), depending on experience.

The job is related to the application of the crystal structure prediction methodology (and the corresponding computer code) developed by our group. This novel methodology allows one to predict stable crystal structures at any pressure just from the knowledge of the chemical composition and is thus a very powerful tool to investigate matter at extreme conditions. The offered job will involve systematic application of this methodology to study minerals at high pressure, as well as other systems of fundamental and applied interest. Much of this work will be done in collaboration with experimentalists. Our group has world-class supercomputing facilities and a very dynamic research programme.

Applicants should submit (preferably by e-mail) a letter of application, CV with a list of publications, and the names and addresses of at least two referees to:
Dr. Artem R. Oganov, Senior Researcher and Lecturer; Group Leader
Laboratory of Crystallography, Department of Materials, ETH
Hoenggerberg, Wolfgang-Pauli-Strasse 10, HCI G 515, Zürich CH-8093, Switzerland.
E-mail a.oganov@mat.ethz.ch