TCQP is hiring! - Post-doctoral position in Machine Learning and Computational Materials Discovery of Photovoltaic Materials

2-year post-doctoral position in Machine Learning and Computational Materials Discovery of Photovoltaic Materials

Applications are welcomed for a 2-year post-doctoral position in Machine Learning and Computational Materials Discovery of Photovoltaic Materials. The research will be carried out at RMIT University in Melbourne Australia under the direction of Professor Salvy Russo.

This position is funded by the ARC Centre of Excellence in Exciton Science (ACEx), which is a newly established research centre, which has received $31.85 million in funding by the Australian Research Council.

This research centre links research teams at RMIT University, the University of Melbourne, Monash University, UNSW and the University of Sydney. Its partners include: The Defence Science and Technology Group, The Reserve Bank of Australia and CSIRO.

The primary mission of ACEx is to manipulate the way light energy is absorbed, transported and transformed in advanced molecular materials. The Centre programmes span high-throughput computational screening, single molecule photochemistry and ultrafast spectroscopy and embrace innovative outreach and commercial translation activities. The Centre plans to capture the knowledge generated as new intellectual property, materials processing know-how, high-impact publications and through the creation of new employment opportunities. The expected outcomes and benefits include new Australian technologies in solar energy conversion, energy-efficient lighting and displays, security labelling and optical sensor platforms for defence.

Further details regarding the Centre of Excellence can be found at

The appointee will join the RMIT Theoretical Chemical and Quantum Physics research group, with strong interactions with other research groups and institutions working under the ARC Centre of Excellence in Exciton Science (ACEx). The appointee to this position will work with Prof Salvy Russo’s team, focusing on materials discovery of new photovoltaic materials using machine learning methods and abinitio modelling techniques.

Job Requirements: To be eligible to apply, candidates must have a PhD in Physics or Theoretical Physical Chemistry and Research experience in the development and application of modern machine learning methods applied to the prediction of electronic/optical properties of photovoltaic materials

Candidates should also have:

  1. A Demonstrated ability to define, investigate and solve complex problems in theoretical physics and data analysis using various techniques and approaches as required.

  2. Excellent mathematical and/or computer programming skills.

  3. High level interpersonal, written and oral communication skills.

  4. Ability to work autonomously whilst displaying a strong commitment to work in a team environment, including the demonstrated ability to confidently and effectively work with colleagues and external collaborators.

  5. Excellent publication record relative to opportunity.

How to Apply Applicants can lodge an application by following the instructions given in the following weblink:

Please also send your CV to Prof Salvy Russo at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Applications close on 31 May 2018 11:55 PM AUS Eastern Standard Time.

For further information please contact Prof Salvy Russo at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

New members, new space for 2018

Well, 2018 is shaping up to be a big year. We have 9 new members already. Igor Lyskov, André Anda and Mike Klymenko have all joined us as postdocs in the Centre of Excellence in Exciton Science. Hugh Sullivan and Anjay Manian have commenced a PhD, while Tyler Hughes, Raymond Harrison and Carl Belle have all commenced Masters by Research. In addition we have Yik Kheng Lee commencing Honours. In addition, two-thirds of TCQP have finally relocated to level 12 into a new joint research facility. With our new seminar room, staff room and expansive view of the north part of the city, it appears we have a tolerable work space!

PhD Submission - Jamie Booth

Dr. Jamie Booth has submitted his SECOND PhD today, thereby successfully completing his conversion from Chemist to Physicist. His thesis entitled "Strongly correlated GW calculations and their application to vanadium dioxide" is a tour de force of Greens functions, diagramatic expansions, Hubbard models, path integrals and some of the most intensive GW VASP calculations ever attempted by the group. With four papers already submitted or published and more on the way, Jamie's work has extended far beyond the original scope of understanding phase transitions in vanadium dioxide. Congratulations Jamie on submitting your second PhD, a feat many of us would never dare!

PhD Submission - David Ing

David Ing has submitted his PhD today with the title "On the application of theoretical multi-dimensional coherence spectroscopy techniques to discrete quantum systems". This is an exploration of the complexity of ultra-fast, multi-pulse spectroscopy, open-quantum systems theory, the interplay of coherence and decoherence and how to do a PhD remotely (eventually). Having spent far more time out of metropolitan Melbourne than in it, David has new found skills in self-motivation and diligence. With a 12 month stay at Ulm Universität and a series of stints living in Bendigo and commuting to Melbourne, David's german skills, his ability to get up well before sunrise and his knowledge of the V-line system have all progressed a long way from when he first joined the group as a fresh-faced 3rd year intrigued by non-Markovian processes. David's thesis involved numerical simulating a range of multi-dimensional spectroscopy setups, including working with some particularly nasty double-sided Feynman diagrams (or Feynagrams as he would call them). From David's work we now understand much more about how noise correlation length, coupling strength and orientation, and temperature can be studied with these advanced spectropic techniques. Whether its the natty suits or the blacksmith practice, David has always been our go to person when trying to explore the 18th and 19th centuries incognito.

Honours prizes in TCQP

Congratulations to two TCQP Honours students at the recent School of Science awards ceremony.

Tommy Bartolo has been awarded the Greg Anderson Memorial Award for the best Honours project.

Ben Dumas has been awarded the Marc Rietman Memorial Award for best performance in the Honours coursework.