Theoretical Chemistry Software Engineer (1.0 FTE)


Faculty of Science and Engineering


University of Groningen

The University of Groningen is a research university with a global outlook, deeply rooted in Groningen, City of Talent. Quality has had top priority for four hundred years, and with success: the University is currently in or around the top 100 on several influential ranking lists.

Job description

The Zernike Institute for Advanced Materials (ZIAM) at the Faculty of Science and Engineering, University of Groningen conducts research addressing fundamental properties of functional materials and devices. Within the Theoretical Chemistry group there is an opening for a software engineer. This research focusses on the development of hybrid classical/quantum dynamical methods for studies of lightinduced processes and quantum effects in biomolecules and novel materials.

Profile of the position
The software engineer is expected to:

(i) develop a user-friendly interface between Q-Chem (electronic structure software) and Quantics (quantum dynamics software) within our in-house code PySurf ( that enables an efficient databased accelerated on-the-fly quantum dynamics (~80% of the time)
(ii) contribute to running research projects in collaboration with PhD students and postdocs (~20% of the time).


For this position, we search for a candidate who has:

- a PhD in Theoretical Chemistry and/or Physics
- good knowledge of electronic structure, quantum/semi-classical dynamics and vibronic coupling model
- first-hand experience in quantum chemistry and/or quantum dynamics software development, preferably MCTDH, Quantics, and Q-Chem
- excellent programming experience in Phyton
- excellent organisational and communication skills
- excellent proficiency in using English (orally and written).

Conditions of employment

Contract length: 12 months.

We offer an attractive job with variation in tasks within a vibrant, stimulating and international research institute.

The University of Groningen offers, in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities:

• a salary from a minimum of € 2,846 (scale 10.0) up to a maximum of € 3,807 (scale 10.7) gross per month for a full-time position depending of relevant experience and training
• a holiday allowance of 8% gross annual income and an 8.3% year-end bonus
• a temporary appointment for a specified period of 12 months within the University Function Ordering System (NL: Universitair Functie Ordeningsysteem, UFO) the position is classified as Education and Research Technician- O profile 2.

The starting date is 1 March 2022

Job Application

Do you meet our qualification criteria? If yes, please send us your application which should include:

• a curriculum vitae
• a motivation letter (maximum 1 page).

You can submit your application 12 December 11:59 pm / before 13 December 2021 Dutch local time (CET) by means of the application form (click on "Apply" below on the advertisement on the university website).

We are an equal opportunity employer that values diversity. We have adopted an active policy to increase the number of female scientists across all disciplines of the university. Therefore, women are encouraged to apply. Our selection procedure follows the guidelines of the Recruitment code (NVP), and European Commission's European Code of Conduct for recruitment of researchers,

Unsolicited marketing is not appreciated.

Additional information

For additional information, please contact:

Prof. Shirin Faraji

In your application, please always include the job opening ID T080221

Extra informatie kan worden verkregen via een van de volgende links:

University of Groningen ZIAM institute Research group Theoretical Chemistry

Digital application form