Several positions are open for graduate research assistants in the theory group of Prof. Babikov: www.mu.edu/chem/Babikov.shtml

Research projects are available in the following areas:

1) Application of optimal control theory for quantum control of vibrational motion in naturally occurring molecules and man-made ion-traps. Emphasis is on exploring possibility of creating vibrational qubits and achieving quantum computation using femtosecond shaped laser pulses. Example of publication is: D. Shyshlov and D. Babikov, “Complexity and simplicity of OCT pulses shaped for controlling vibrational qubits”, J. Chem. Phys. 137, p. 194318 (2012).

2) Development of the mixed quantum/classical approach for description of molecular collisions, vibrational and rotational energy transfer. Application of this approach to calculations of inelastic scattering cross sections for the molecules important in various astrophysical environments, such as molecular clouds, proto-planetary discs and cometary comas. Representative publication is: A. Semenov and D. Babikov, “Mixed quantum/classical calculations of total and differential elastic and rotationally inelastic scattering cross sections for light and heavy reduced masses in a broad range of collision energies”, J. Chem. Phys. 140, p. 044306 (2014).

3) Modelling of quantum effects and collision dynamics in important atmospheric processes, such as recombination reaction that forms ozone. Understanding the origin of anomalous isotope enrichments of ozone. For more information see: M. Ivanov and D. Babikov, “Efficient quantum-classical method for computing thermal rate constant of recombination: Application to ozone formation”, J. Chem. Phys. 136, p. 184304 (2012); M. Ivanov and D. Babikov, “On molecular origin of mass-independent fractionation of oxygen isotopes in the ozone forming recombination reaction”, Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. 110, p. 17708 (2013).

The work on each project includes theory development, writing computer codes and running extensive calculations using massively-parallel computer systems at NERSC (www.nersc.gov ).

Marquette University is located in Milwaukee, the largest city of Wisconsin, its cultural and historic center, on the shore of Lake Michigan, north of Chicago. Graduate students receive a stipend of about $25,000 annually.

Consideration of applications will continue until all positions are filled. For entering the program in August of 2016 the application should be received no later than April of 2016. For entering in January of 2017 the deadline is around September of 2016. With any questions and to submit application contact Prof. Babikov directly, by e-mail dmitri.babikov@mu.edu or phone (414) 288-3538.