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Postdoctoral Fellow in Condensed Matter Physics

International Laboratory for Supercomputer Atomistic Modelling and Multi-scale Analysis

HSE University

Moscow, Russia


International Laboratory for Supercomputer Atomistic Modeling and Multi-Scale Analysis (SAMMA) in Moscow, Russia, invites applications for postdoctoral research positions in the field of atomistic simulations in condensed matter physics and materials science.


About HSE University

The Higher School of Economics (HSE University) is a young, dynamic and fast-growing Russian research university. Over the past 25 years, HSE University has become a leader in Russian education, while also being recognized globally.

For instance, we were the first state-run university in Russia to begin recruiting on the international academic market. We aim at being a university with a highly attuned approach to training new professionals. Therefore, we are eager to hire people with real experience, as well as basic and applied knowledge. Committed to high-quality research, HSE University now has more than 100 research institutes and centres and over 50 international research laboratories collaborating with international specialists from all over the world.



The general requirements for the postdoctoral fellowship positions are the following:

  • Candidates must hold a recent PhD in the field of condensed matter physics, radiation damage, radiation-matter interaction, computational physics, atomistic simulations or related areas which was awarded over the last 5 years or received before starting work at HSE in a relevant field by an internationally recognized university and has been assessed by external reviewers as having the potential to pursue research that is publishable in leading peer-reviewed journals;
  • Candidates should have a strong background in condensed matter physics, molecular simulations of solids and liquids, ability to conduct research, work in classical molecular dynamics packages (experience with LAMMPS is preferred) and DFT calculation packages (experience with VASP, CP2K or Quantum Espresso is preferred), write post-processing programs in C++/Python/Matlab
  • Fluent English is an obligatory condition as research and other activities are conducted in English. Knowledge of Russian is not required;
  • Relevant experience will be an asset although not required.


The position involves:

  • working under the direct supervision of Vasily Pisarev, leading research fellow;
  • participants are encouraged to pursue their own research along with working on SAMMA Lab's research projects such as:
    • phase and structural transitions in metals at ultrafast heating and cooling
    • formation of defects and ion tracks in reactor materials under irradiation
  • writing research papers for international peer-reviewed journals in co-authorship with the members of the SAMMA Lab;
  • participation in the events of the SAMMA Lab and other contribution to the Lab’s development;
  • public presentations of candidate’s own research to the academic community;
  • some teaching is encouraged, though not required.



- Appointments are made for one year. Postdoctoral fellows have an opportunity of renewal of the contract (no more than two times).

- HSE University offers postdoctoral fellows a competitive salary, the standard medical insurance plan, a working space equipped with a computer and free Internet access at the University.

- The SAMMA Lab offers access to its MD processing software, shared time on the HSE cHARISMa supercomputer.


Application Process

Applications must be submitted online. Please provide a CV, a statement of research interest and a recent research paper submitted via the online application form. At least two letters of recommendation should be sent directly to the International Faculty Recruitment Office at fellowship@hse.ru before the application deadline. Please note that direct applications to the hiring laboratory may not be reviewed.

Read more about the application process here.


The deadline for the applications is February 14, 2021.

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If you have any additional questions, feel free to contact the International Faculty Recruitment Office at fellowship@hse.ru


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