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Postdoctoral Researcher (MaX-CoE project)
Location: Barcelona, Spain
Employment Start Date: As soon as possible

Organization Description:

The Institut Català de Nanociència i Nanotecnologia, with its official English translation Catalan Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology and acronym ICN2, is a non-profit international research institute located close to Barcelona, Spain. Its research lines focus on the newly-discovered physical and chemical properties that arise from the behaviour of matter at the nanoscale.

Job Description:

The work focuses on using advanced programming tools to transition SIESTA, one of the MaX flagship codes, to exascale architectures, and enable its use for high-throughput calculations under the AiiDA infrastructure. Among the objectives of the position(s) within MaX-CoE we include:

  • Modularising MAX codes to foster maintainability, to consolidate similar functionality within a single code and across different MAX codes and to enable the use of performance tuned and architecture adjusted modules.
  • Utilising advanced programming schemes and methods to make the codes ready for heterogeneous pre-exascale architectures and to implement new algorithms.
  • Enabling the use of MAX codes in high-throughput calculations, providing an additional avenue to leverage and saturate exascale performance.
  • Implementation and testing of workflows for high-throughput calculations.
  • Preparation of scientific reports, papers and software documentation.
  • Contribution to other activities in the group.

Summary of conditions:

  • Full time work (37,5h/week)
  • Contract Length: 1 year renewable yearly until 3 years.
  • Salary will depend on qualifications and demonstrated experience.
  • Salary according to the cost of living in Barcelona.
  • Support to the relocation issues.
  • Life Insurance.

Estimated Incorporation date: As soon as possible.


· Education

PhD in Physics, Materials Science, Chemistry, Computer Science, or related disciplines.

· Knowledge

DFT methods, coding in Fortran+MPI, python.

· Professional Experience

Experience in computational science (ideally, with SIESTA), high-performance computing, and high- throughput calculations.

· Competences

Strong commitment, attention to detail, demonstrated ability to work with deadlines, manage conflicting priorities, excellent communication skills and ability to work with highly qualified professionals with international backgrounds.

Research Career Profile (According to the European Framework for Research Careers):

 R3 Established researcher

Job Application:

All applications must be made via the ICN2 website

and include the following:

  1. A cover letter.
  2. A full CV including contact details.
  3. 2 Reference letters or referee contacts.

Deadline for applications: Review and Interviews of candidates will start immediately and continue until the position is filled.

Equal opportunities:

ICN2 is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity and inclusion of people with disabilities.

Date Posted: February 1, 2019