Postdoctoral and doctoral positions at Southern Methodist University, USA

Scholarship: Fully-funded
Degree: B.S./M.S./Ph.D
Nationality: International Students
Location: USA
Application deadlines: Open

Scholarship Description:

Southern Methodist University (SMU) is a prestigious private research university in Dallas, Texas, ranked 89th in the US by US News. In addition to the regular PhD programme in Chemistry, the Department of Chemistry at SMU also offers the first PhD programme in Theoretical Computational Chemistry in the United States, which is ideal for students who wish to pursue a career in Theoretical Computational Chemistry. Chemistry, please visit
The Dallas-Fort Worth area is the fourth largest metropolitan area in the United States and has experienced rapid economic growth in recent years, with abundant job opportunities and a low cost of living. The area is a safe and convenient place to live, with Chinese restaurants and supermarkets. The Dallas area’s DFW Airport is the second largest airport in the United States, with easy access to domestic and international travel, and direct flights to Shanghai.

Professor Haoyuan Chen received his bachelor’s degree from the Department of Chemical Physics, University of Science and Technology of China in 2011, a Ph.D. in Chemistry from Rutgers University in 2017, postdoctoral research at Northwestern University from 2017-2021, and the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley Department of Chemistry as an Assistant Professor, and will join the SMU Department of Chemistry as an Assistant Professor in the autumn semester of 2024.

His main research interests are (1) the development of new computational chemistry methods, including classical force field development, multiscale simulation theory, and machine learning methods, (2) the application of new methods to high-throughput screening of functional nanomaterials, such as metal-organic frameworks for gas adsorption and pollutant degradation. In addition to theoretical work, the group has close collaborations with numerous experimental groups.

 Available Subjects:

  • Theoretical Computational Chemistry

Eligibility criteria:

  • Postdoctoral candidates should have a Ph.D. in Chemistry or a related field (e.g. Chemical Engineering, Physics, etc.) and should have published research as first author in the field of Theoretical Computational Chemistry. Research experience in ab initio molecular dynamics, time-dependent density functional theory (TD-DFT), periodic DFT or force field development is preferred. PhD applicants should have a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in a related field, preferably with research experience in theoretical computational chemistry and programming skills.

Application Procedure:

  • Postdoctoral applicants should send their CV and the contact details of at least two referees to [email protected].
  • PhD students should apply via the official website of the PhD Programme in Theoretical Computational Chemistry at