Post-Doc positions: SWASSIT collaboration

Four theoretical/computational postdoctoral Research Associate positions

Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL) is seeking to fill four theoretical/computational postdoctoral Research Associate positions in a newly funded DOE BES Computational Materials and Chemical Sciences Network (CMCSN) project entitled “Computational Studies of Solar Water Splitting by Semiconductor Photocatalysts at the Aqueous Solution Interface: The ­Solar Water Splitting Simulation Team (SWaSSiT).” The network includes BNL, Stony Brook University (SBU), Yale University and the University of Rochester. The researchers of the team are: James Muckerman (Lead PI, BNL), Mark Hybertsen (BNL), Philip Allen (SBU), Marivi Fernandez-Serra (SBU), Artem Oganov (SBU), John Tully (Yale), Victor Batista (Yale) and Oleg Prezhdo (Rochester). The successful four candidates will collaborate with the entire team of researchers in the project, but primarily with those actively working in the sub-project associated with each of the four positions. One successful candidate will be stationed at each of the four participating institutions (BNL, SBU, Yale and Rochester) as indicated below.

Position 1. Modeling of photocatalyst properties, Job ID 15953 (SBU). Modeling of photocatalyst properties, including some or all of the following: predictions of semiconductor surface structure, the water/semiconductor interface, and theory of electron-transfer reactions. Research projects will be conducted under the direction of Profs. Oganov, Fernandez-Serra, and Allen.  Initially, the project will be oriented towards prediction of novel surface structures using an extended version of the USPEX code.  Depending on progress, the project will also feature ab initio molecular dynamics simulations of water on the predicted surfaces. Requires a Ph.D. in physics, chemistry or materials science with primary focus on theoretical research. Candidates must have a strong record of research experience, including skills in state-of-the-art first principles electronic structure methods to study materials properties.


Brookhaven National Laboratory is an equal opportunity employer committed to building and maintaining a diverse workforce. To apply: Go to and click on “Jobs” under “Human Resources” in the lefthand sidebar. Click on the “Search Job List” button. Under “Job Posting Information”, select “Postdoctoral/Scientific Staff” in the “Select a job category” pull-down window, then search for the appropriate “Job ID”. Applications will be accepted until each position is filled. Appointments may be renewed to a maximum of three years, contingent upon satisfactory performance and funding.


News Blog update

We have created a new blog to publish our most recent news and activities. This is intended to be more than just a group “News”. We will try to be up to date both with scientific and social news.

Not to forget it, here is our list of “old” news:

    • May 10th 2011: Congratulations to Jue Wang who obtained in a brilliant talk his PhD in Physics. Jue becomes the first candidate to graduate in the Group.
    • Feb 09th 2011: Jue’s paper was listed as the 3rd most downloaded paper in January from JCP.
    • Jan 18th 2011: Betül Pamuk passed her Oral exam, congratulations!
    • Jan 2010: Marivi was awarded a DOE early career award. See more Here