PhD Project

NEURIONTRONIC: Multiscale Modeling of Charge Transport Processes in Iontronic Materials for Neuromorphic Devices

Project description:

A PhD position (fully funded for four years) is available within the Center for Analysis, Scientific Computing, and Applications (CASA) at the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science of TU Eindhoven. The group led by Björn Baumeier focuses on multiscale materials modeling to study electronic excitations in complex nanostructured molecular systems.

The PhD project is part of the “NEURIONTRONIC” project, a joint research activity of TU/e’s Institute for Complex Molecular Systems (ICMS) and the Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research in Mainz, Germany. The ICMS brings together mathematics, physics, biology, chemistry and engineering to stimulate education and research in how matter – both natural and artificial – self-organizes into functional molecular systems. The scope of the project will be to study polymer-based neuromorphic devices for applications in smart robotics. Combined with their relative stability and low voltage operation low power organic neuromorphic devices can be used for smart robotics, in which a variety of sensors is used to train a small array of these devices.

To optimize the materials in the neuromorphic core, the project focuses on resolving the underlying mechanism of charge transport processes in these iontronic materials using multiscale simulations linking first-principles and classical methods.

Qualifications of applicant:

Talented, enthusiastic candidates with strong simulation skills holding a university degree (M.Sc.) in Physics, Chemistry, Applied Mathematics, Mechanical Engineering, Materials Science, Scientific Computing, or a closely related discipline are encouraged to apply. Preferably, you should have experience with several of these topics: atomistic computer simulation methods, quantum mechanics, molecular dynamics, numerical mathematics, molecular electronics. Proficiency in the C++ programming language is of advantage. Good knowledge of spoken and written English is an essential asset.

Appointment details:

We offer a full-time four-year PhD position at a dynamic and ambitious university, with immediate starting date. The project will be carried out at the Centre for Analysis, Scientific Computing, and Applications at the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science, Eindhoven University of Technology, the Netherlands. The candidate will collaborate closely with the Institute for Complex Molecular Systems (ICMS) and the Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research in Mainz, Germany. More information about this PhD position can be obtained from dr. Björn Baumeier b.baumeier@tue.nl, phone 31(0)40-247-2205. Application documents (pdf only) should be sent by email, including a letter of application, short description of scientific/work experiences, full curriculum vitae, transcripts of B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees, and contact information of two potential referees.