PhD position in theoretical chemistry

A fully funded 36-month PhD position is available in the CTMM (Chemical Theory, Methods, Modeling) team at the University of Montpellier (France), starting from October 1, 2018.

To access the PhD proposition in English, click here. For the French version, click here.

Practical aspects

To access the official announcement on the web site of the PhD school, click here.

About Benjamin and I

We both focus our research efforts on theoretical and methodological developments related to photoinduced processes in molecules. Benjamin has a well-recognised expertise in theoretical photochemistry and vibronic spectroscopy, both for excited-state quantum chemistry and non-adiabatic quantum dynamics. From my side I am interested in studying the theoretical aspects related to the evolution of the electronic structure of molecules when they catch or emit light.

About CTMM

The research activities in CTMM are articulated around two axes: « Methodological Developments » and « Applications ». The first research theme is concerned by formal, conceptual, algorithmic or computational developments of quantum methods and methodologies able to treat complex systems (molecules, solids, interfaces) and their environment. The second research theme deals with high societal impact application in various domains such as « Physical chemistry of the environment », « Homogeneous and heterogeneous catalysis » and « Materials for Energy ». This synergy between Developments and Applications is the cornerstone of the research activities carried out in the team and transcends the particularities of each problem addressed in order to reach a better understanding of chemical reactivity.

About Montpellier

Montpellier is a medieval town in Southern France, located along the Mediterranean seacoast and surrounded by a vast countryside. The city is directly connected to the main cities of France (Paris, Marseille, Lyon, Toulouse, Bordeaux, …) by train and possesses an airport with domestic and international daily flights.


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