PhD student in project «Quantum dynamics of many-electron systems from the first principles»

The Faculty of Physics of ITMO University invites a PhD student to join the team and work on the project «Quantum dynamics of many-electron systems from the first principles». The project is focused on the development of a theoretical description of the quantum dynamics of electrons in many-electron systems (two-dimensional materials, atomic clusters and molecules) based on the Lagrangian methods used in modern astrophysical hydrodynamics for modeling of cosmological processes in the early Universe. The project will include the developing a theoretical approach to describe the electron gas dynamics using Lagrangian methods and nonstationary theory of density functional, developing code in Python, work with software ab-initio packages, developing original algorithms, and numerical calculations on supercomputer clusters.


  • Work on current scientific projects and publishing scientific papers;
  • Teaching practical classes in Computational physics, supervising projects of Bachelor’s students;
  • Submitting applications for grants, scholarships, awards.


  • Basic physics or mathematics education;
  • Good grades in major subjects;
  • Experience of work in a research group or research work in similar area;
  • Experience of presenting at conferences;
  • Python programming skills;
  • Knowledge of English: B1 (Intermediate) or a higher level;
  • Well-developed information analysis skills and decision-making skills;
  • Well-developed skills of systematic thinking;
  • Ability to independently plan your own development, ask for feedback and improve your results based on it.


  • Young and professional team of Faculty employees, friendly environment;
  • Strong corporate culture at the Faculty: weekly volleyball with colleagues, table tennis, New Year's corporate party, English courses, etc;
  • Continuous development, fast professional growth and opportunity to move forward;
  • Participation in the preparation and writing papers published in highly ranked journals;
  • Interaction with acclaimed experts in subject areas;
  • Opportunity to propose ideas and be heard;
  • Corporate English classes for the employees;
  • Work in the historic center of St. Petersburg;
  • Annual paid leave;
  • Social package: official employment, holidays in the corporate country recreation center, activities and events for employees and their children, etc.

The starting date is flexible, preferably in February 2022, but no later than Sept. 2022. The position is available till the 31st of December, 2021.

PhD salary corresponds to PhD sсholarship of international universities in Europe and the USA. 

St Petersburg, Lomonosova, 9