Postdoc position #2, AGH University, Poland



Postdoc position #2 : New approach to development of efficient materials for direct conversion of heat into electricity

Location: Thermoelectric Research Laboratory, AGH University of Science and Technology, Cracow, Poland  

Leader: Prof. Krzysztof Wojciechowski


Description of the project

Project is carried out within the TEAM-TECH program of the Foundation for Polish Science. The aim of the project is the development of new composite thermoelectric materials and prototypical highly-efficient thermoelectric modules. The project is based on a new paradigm of abandonment of the commonly pursued goal of beating the records of the maximum value of thermoelectric figure of merit parameter ZTmax. Instead, this project concentrates on searching for new paths for development of thermoelectric materials with maximum averaged value of ZTaver over a wide temperature range.

The project will be carried out by the interdisciplinary team consisting of PhD students and postdoc fellows specializing in theoretical calculations of electronic structure, heat transport modeling, base thermoelectric materials synthesis and construction of modules for thermoelectric generators.

 Research partners in the project: Max Planck Institute for Chemical Physics of Solids (Dresden, Germany), Institute of Pulsed Power Science of Kumamoto University (Kumamoto, Japan), Department of Physics of Indian Institute of Science (Bangalore, India).

 Profile of candidate

  1. PhD in physics or chemistry or materials science
  2. Experience in quantum mechanical modelling
  3. The ability of independent problem solving


1.         Modeling of electronic structure of metals and semiconductors

2.         Theoretical research on nature of chemical bonds

3.         Research on correlation between electronic and transport properties


Full time contract (up to 3 years)

Position starts on: 1 October 2017

Contract period: to 30 September 2018 (with possibility of up to 2 years extension)

Gross salary: 8000 to 9000 PLN per month