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We are searching for a highlymotivated candidate in the following position:

PhD Student, Disorderin Multicomponent Nano-Catalysts

The successful applicant willjoin the Institute for Multiscale Simulation (MSS) 
at Friedrich-AlexanderUniversity (FAU) Erlangen-Nürnberg and work in close 
collaboration with the RutherfordAppleton Laboratory (UK) and Indiana 
University Bloomington (USA).

Discovery of novel materials forenergy applications relies on understanding the 
relation between atominteractions and the lattice distortion from 
microstructure architecture. Thisis the key in nanoscience research for 
heterogeneous catalysis. The PhD thesisis part of a DFG-Konwihr funded research 
on the materials relationship betweennano-structuration and chemical/physical 

The focus of the thesis aremulticomponent nanocrystals with core@shell, and 
generally complexstructure-microstructure. For this purpose, experimental 
scattering data areinvestigated with atomistic models, assisted by machine 
learning algorithms. Acombination of Monte-Carlo, molecular-dynamics and 
density functional theorysimulations are used to inform experimental data 
analysis methods and observe structuredisorder and crystal transformation. The 
PhD student will visit internationalX-ray and Neutron source laboratories 
(e.g., ISIS Neutron and Muon source,Diamond, and Argonne National Laboratory), 
and work in close collaboration withresearch groups in the UK (Ruttherford 
Appleton Laboratory) and the USA(Indiana University Bloomingotn).

Qualified applicants must have (ordefend by the end of the year) a Master’s 
degree in Physics, ChemicalEngineering, Materials Science, or an equivalent 
field. Experience insimulation and computer programming (C/C++, Python) is 
desirable. Excellentcommunication skills in English to disseminate the results 
in internationaljournals and conferences are expected. An interest in materials 
science andboth computational and experimental research is required.

FAU offers the opportunity towork in an outstanding research university with 
innovative academic structures.Salary is in accordance with the German public 
service salary scale and theaccordant social benefits. The position is 
available starting October 2021.Review of applications will begin on August the 
9th and continue until theposition is filled.

For further information pleasesee our webpage: contact Dr. Alberto Leonardi.

To apply, send your CV, coverletter, one-page summary of your Master's thesis, 
list of master degree (andbachelor if relevant) exams/grades, and (two) 
references (people who may becontacted, specify the relation to you) via email 

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