The Chair of Theoretical physics of electrified liquid-solid interfaces at the Faculty of Physics and Astronomy is looking for a 

research associate (m,f,x) for 3 years, 29.8725 hours per week, TVL E13

My research aims to understand the structure, dynamics and reactivity of solid-liquid interfaces using a multiscale approach that includes ab initio and atomistic molecular dynamics simulations.

Aim of this project is the structural and dynamical characterization of the solvated electron in the presence of applied electric fields, in different environments, including liquid interfaces in contact with a conducting or insulating solid. The solvated electron is a specie which is central to field of plasma/liquid and plasma/solid/liquid interfaces as the primary reducing agent which is produced at plasma electrodes in contact with a liquid. Although the solvated electron has been subject of intensive experimental and theoretical investigation under equilibrium conditions, its properties in the presence of electric fields, are still quite unexplored. Here we plan to use atomistic molecular dynamics simulations including the electronic structure to understand the impact of electric fields on the structure and dynamics of the solvated electron. Ab initio molecular dynamics simulations, where the forces are calculated using hybrid functionals, have been shown to be not only quite accurate in reproducing electronic properties of heterogenous systems, but to be within reach for systems on the nanometer scale which is the relevant scale of the fundamental processes occurring at the metal/water and the oxide/water interfaces. Our project is expected to shed light on properties of solvated electron under non equilibrium conditions, in a variety of different environments which are of relevance to the SFB1316. Knowledge of structure, dynamics, reactivity of the solvated electrons is necessary to improve the performance of material and chemical synthesis in the plasma electrolysis. Collaborations is planned with the projects of the B area of the SFB1316, with the particular aim (i) to compare computed and calculated optical and vibrational spectra to validate models and provide a molecular interpretation of the experiments; (ii) to transfer knowledge across different resolution scales: the data obtained from our simulations will help to develop less computationally demanding models to be applied on larger scales and will be able to provide a more realistic description of the electric double layer at the solid/liquid interface which can be used to improve the models used in the simulations of plasma-chemical kinetics.

extent: part-time
duration: temporary
beginning: as soon as possible
application deadline:

Your tasks:

  • Preparation and execution of simulationsHigh throughput
  • Analysis of the results
  • Presentation of results at CRC meetings (posters or lectures) and at international conferences
  • Collaboration with other experimental groups in the CRC
  • Interdisciplinary collaboration with international teams
  • Publication of results

Your profile:

  • Degree in physics, chemistry or materials science, with very good results, in condensed matter, theoretical or computational physics or chemistry, physical chemistry
  • Previous experience with computational methods, including molecular dynamics simulations or Monte Carlo techniques, and/or electronic structure methods
  • You have good knowledge of quantum mechanics and statistical mechanics. Experience with programming and/or scripting languages (e.g. Phyton)
  • Fluent in written and spoken English

Our offerings:

  • Team-orientated cooperation in a committed, international and appreciative team
  • a dynamic environment
  • an open working atmosphere
  • They will be embedded in a top-class research environment.
  • You will be integrated into the graduate school CRC1316.
  • You will benefit from personal development opportunities and a wide range of lectures and transferable skills courses.
  • You will develop your scientific communication skills by presenting your research findings to the public.
  • You will receive financial support to attend international conferences.

Additional information:

At the request of the applicant (m,f,x), the staff council may be involved in selection interviews.

If the position is funded by third-party funds the employee has no teaching obligation.

German language courses are offered by the University Language Center (ZfA) in the field of German as a Foreign Language (DaF).

You can find information about TVL at:

The Ruhr-Universität Bochum is one of Germany’s leading research universities, addressing the whole range of academic disciplines. A highly dynamic setting enables researchers and students to work across the traditional boundaries of academic subjects and faculties. To create knowledge networks within and beyond the university is RUB’s declared aim.

The Ruhr-Universität Bochum stands for diversity and equal opportunities. For this reason, we favour a working environment composed of heterogeneous teams, and seek to promote the careers of individuals who are underrepresented in our respective professional areas. The Ruhr-Universität Bochum expressly requests job applications from women. In areas in which they are underrepresented they will be given preference in the case of equivalent qualifications with male candidates. Applications from individuals with disabilities are most welcome.

Contact details for your application:

Prof. Dr. Marialore Sulpizi, Phone: +49234 32 23737

Travel expenses for interviews cannot be refunded.

For information on the collection of personal data in the application process see:

We are looking forward to receiving your application with the specification ANR: 3245 until 27.05.2024, send by e-mail to the following address:

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