@Nicolaus Copernicus University
Our Current Focus
method development for their precise calculations and understanding
Molecular interactions are our primary interest. Why? It is hard to point out the area of chemistry where they are not necessary. We wish to know how their interactions look, which results in their dynamics, properties in bulk, and spectroscopy. In past years, quantum chemistry's immense progress allowed predicting interaction energies in many important systems, including modern materials or complex organic molecules.
However, the calculations for radicals, excited molecules or systems with low-lying excited states are far from routine. Thus, we plan to develop new methods which significantly broaden the applicability of quantum chemistry methods to previously mentioned systems.
production, properties, novel applications
The year 1994 had brought an entirely new era of atomic physics when Bose-Einstein condensates were obtained for the first time. Soon after that, people started to think that molecules in their absolute ground state are far more interesting, as they have a rich structure, spatial anisotropy etc.
Here, we are primarily interested in collisions of molecules and atoms in various conditions, spectroscopy, and designing new experiments.
We are hiring!
We look for motivated researchers with a background in quantum chemistry or many-body physics to join our National Science Center project on SAPT development. This is a financially stable post for up to three years. You will be involved in the development and testing of new methods which will be designed to calculate interaction energies in complex systems such as molecules containing transition metals, radicals, unpaired electrons. We expect from you very good programming skills and knowledge of quantum chemistry methods. The gross salary is around 8000 PLN, which is very good for such an inexpensive city as Torun, (more than 1.5 average salaries in Poland). Torun is a marvellous UNESCO listed city, great for people who appreciate work-life balance. It is most known for being the birthplace of Nicolaus Copernicus.
for more details contact Piotr Zuchowski
If you want to start the adventure in science, please contact me. No matter where you stay, what city, what country, I'm sure we can figure out how to collaborate. You can visit us whenever you want (we will cover your accommodation) or work remotely. There are also fellowships available.
There are many options for self-funded fellowships from National Exchange Agency (NAWA) or National Science Center (NCN) in Poland. If you are interested, please contact us.
NICOLAUS COPERNICUS UNIVERSITY
Research University in the middle of the historic city
NCU is a young university established just after World War II when a group of scientists from Vilnius (now Lithuania) moved to Torun. In the physics department, we have few strong groups active in the fields of optics, atomic physics, quantum information theory and - last but not least - in quantum chemistry :)
Toruń, apart from its unique history, is a fantastic city to live in, not too large but large enough to create a unique atmosphere. The physics department lies in the city's heart, 10 minutes walk from the house where Nicolaus Copernicus was born.
Grudziądzka 5/7, Toruń
piotr.zuchowski (something obvious here) gmail com