Vacancies

We are looking for highly motivated Postdoctoral researchers and PhD students. For more information, feel free to contact Dr. Sadeghi

Post doctoral research associate

Postdoc position on "Theory of molecular scale thermoelectricity"

A postdoctoral position is available from 1st May 2020 in the Device Modelling group at the University of Warwick as a part of the UKRI Future Leaders Fellowship project “MoQPI: Exploiting quantum and phonon interference for molecular thermoelectricity and Seebeck sensing”. The position is funded by the UK research and Innovation and is available for one year in the first instance extendable for 2 years depending upon significant achievement and mutual interest.

This projects aims to exploit room temperature quantum and phonon interference in radically new cross plane nanodevice architectures to design new high efficiency thermoelectric materials and devices for converting waste heat in consumer electronics and server farms into electricity and cooling of CMOS-based devices.

The applicant must have a PhD in nanoelectronics, theoretical physics, chemistry, materials science, or a closely related field. This position requires a strong computational scientist with demonstrated experience in first principles methods and calculations and expertise in software development. The applicant should be able to work independently and to participate creatively in refining research directions. The scientific results are expected to be presented at national and international meetings and published in peer-reviewed journals. The applicant must have excellent oral and written communication skills in English, and be able to interact effectively with experimental collaborators.

To apply, please provide a single PDF document including a cover letter, full curriculum vitae, a list of all publications and contact information for two references by email to Dr. H. Sadeghi.

PhD positions

Fully funded PhD studentship positions on “Theory of nanoscale electronics"

These fully-funded studentships are available from Jan/April 2020 in the Device Modelling group at the University of Warwick and will cover University fees at the UK/EU rate and a maintenance allowance.

Due to funding regulations, these studentships are open to EU/UK nationals only.

The PhD project aims towards fundamental and theoretical understanding of quantum transport through nanoscale molecular junctions, self-assembled monolayers, graphene nanoribbons and van der Waals heterostructures. The work will be based on first-principles density-functional theory and non-equilibrium Green’s function transport calculations on high performance computing facilities. The ultimate goal of the research is to utilize quantum phenomena such as quantum interference to engineer the properties of advanced materials for various applications such as thermoelectric energy recovery and cooling, molecular electronic building blocks, sensors, molecular spintronics and optoelectronic devices. For more information on our research activities.

The successful candidate should have:

(1) A master's level degree in electronic engineering or physics (applied physics, engineering physics, materials science, chemical physics) or an equivalent degree, (2) a sound knowledge and interest in nanoelectronics and condensed matter physics, (3) a strong interest in computational materials modelling and quantum transport, (4) experience in electronic structure calculations and/or atomistic simulations and (5) meet English language requirements of the School of Engineering (IELTS (Academic): Overall score of 6.5 with no component less than 6.0; see here for more information on other acceptable tests)

The scientific results are expected to be presented at national and international meetings and published in peer-reviewed journals. The applicant must have excellent oral and written communication skills in English and be able to interact effectively with experimental collaborators.

To apply, please provide a single PDF document including a cover letter, full curriculum vitae, a list of all publications, an English test certificate and contact information for two references by email to Dr. H. Sadeghi.

PhD studentship funded by EPSRC CDT: HetSys

This project entitled "Nanoscale material discovery for thermoelectric energy harvesting and cooling" is funded by EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT): HetSys to be started on October 2020. Its aim is to exploit electronic and vibrational properties of nanoscale materials that are 1000 times smaller than diameter of a human hair to discover new materials for energy harvesting and cooling in consumer electronics such as mobile phones and laptops. The ultimate goal of the research is to understand quantum and phonon transport through molecular structures for thermoelectricity and thermal management. The candidate will receive a broad training on computational materials modelling and gain experience with cutting edge quantum transport simulation methods, conduct a vibrant research with publication potential and would have an opportunity to conduct collaborative projects with internationally leading experimental groups in Europe and beyond. For more information contact Dr. H Sadeghi

PhD in Engineering

PhD position are available for self-funded applicants or applicants with support from their government e.g. Malaysian, Saudi, Libyan, Iraqi, UAE, etc governments in the Device Modelling group at the University of Warwick. For more information on our research activities visit here.

The successful candidate is expected to have a master's level degree in electronic engineering or physics (applied physics, engineering physics, materials science, chemical physics) or an equivalent degree and a strong interest in computational materials modelling and quantum transport. The scientific results are expected to be presented at national and international meetings and published in peer-reviewed journals. The applicant must meet English language requirements of the School of Engineering (IELTS (Academic): Overall score of 6.5 with no component less than 6.0; see here for more information on other acceptable tests)

For more information of Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Engineering at Warwick, visit: https://warwick.ac.uk/fac/sci/eng/postgraduate/phd

To apply, please provide a single PDF document including a cover letter, full curriculum vitae, a list of all publications, an English test certificate and contact information for two references by email to Dr. H. Sadeghi.

MSc by Research in Engineering

Master of Science (MSc) by Research available for self-funded applicants or applicants with support from their government e.g. Saudi, Libyan, Iraqi, UAE, etc governments in the Device Modelling group at the University of Warwick. For more information on our research activities visit here.

For more information of MSc by Research in Engineering at Warwick, visit: https://warwick.ac.uk/fac/sci/eng/postgraduate/mscr/

To apply, please provide a single PDF document including a cover letter, full curriculum vitae, a list of all publications, an English test certificate and contact information for two references by email to Dr. H. Sadeghi.

Visiting Research Students

We welcome applications for visiting postgraduate research student places in the Device Modelling group at the University of Warwick. For more information on our research activities visit here.

If you are visiting for a period of 10 weeks or less, no fee is charged by Warwick.

For more information of Visiting Research Students in Engineering at Warwick, visit: https://warwick.ac.uk/fac/sci/eng/postgraduate/visit/

To apply, please provide a single PDF document including a cover letter, full curriculum vitae, a list of all publications, an English test certificate and contact information for two references by email to Dr. H. Sadeghi.

About the institution

In Device Modelling Group, we engineer electrical, vibrational, magnetic and optical properties of nanoscale molecular devices for various applications such as molecular electronic building blocks, sensors, molecular spintronics, thermoelectric, piezoelectric and optoelectronic devices. We co-develop the next generation quantum transport simulation tool: GOLLUM. See our research focus for more details.

Device Modelling Group is within the School of Engineering which is ranked 5th in the UK for Engineering in The Guardian University League Table 2020 and the 4th most targeted University by UK's Top 100 Graduate Employers (The Graduate Market in 2019, High Fliers Research Ltd). The School of Engineering research is ranked 3rd among UK integrated Engineering departments in the Research Excellence Framework.

The University of Warwick is a research intensive university. It is ranked 9th in the UK and 62nd in the world. Warwick consistently perform strongly in the UK league tables, and is proud to be among the top 20 'Most International' universities in the world.

Scholarship opportunities at Warwick

Pre-sessional English Programme at Warwick

There is a Pre-sessional English Programme at Warwick for students whose first language is not English and who have a conditional offer to study for a degree at the University of Warwick (phases 4/5) or other UK university (Phases 2/3) that requires them to attend the course or recommends that they do so. More information can be found here.


English Language requirements for postgraduate courses

  • IELTS (Academic): Overall score of 6.5 with no component less than 6.0
  • Cambridge Advanced (CAE): Overall score of 60+ (pass at grade C) - A minimum of 3 borderline and 1 weak component results
  • Cambridge Proficiency (CPE): Any pass grade - In order to verify the CPE online, applicants need to supply their "secret number". The following CPE results apply to courses in all English Bands.
  • Pearson Academic (PTE): Overall score of 62 with all components at 51+
  • TOEFL (iBT): Overall score of 92 with minimum components – reading 22, listening 21, speaking 23 and writing 21.

General fellowship openings

If you are looking for independent post-doctoral opportunities, listed here are some links to prestigious fellowships in the UK in general. These fellowships are competitive and often require the explicit support of a host institution. If you feel qualified to apply and would like to discuss the possibility, please contact Dr. H. Sadeghi well in advance (at least two months) of the deadlines stated on these external pages. Advance notice is needed to ensure any application meets the (earlier) internal University deadlines. These fellowships are competitive and the group will only support the strongest applicants.

Post-doctoral Fellowships

Advanced Postdoctoral Fellowships