1. Admission

We are interested in recruiting excellent graduate students particularly from foreign countries.


If one is eligible to be admitted to this university, I will support him/her financially. To this end, please send me your resume. I will reply when you are considered to be eligible. If you are highly qualified, we may support as a research assistant even prior to the admission to the Ph.D. program.

To maintain competence in graduate student recruitments and to enable students to focus on their research and studies without burdening over living expenses, each graduate student must receive minimum amount of living expenses (Master KRW 500,000 per month, Doctoral KRW 700,000 per Month).

* Monthly minimum living expenses of UNIST Graduate School (dorm KRW 200,000 + meal plan KRW 230,000 = KRW 430,000). Thus, one does not need a car and does not pay the car insurance. Practically, most foreign people here save a substantial amount of money. If one is in difficult condition, we may increase the salary, but this is done very rarely.

In my center, postdoctoral fellows receive ~29,000 K won per year, research associates, ~3,300 K won, senior research associates and research assistant/associate professors, 4,000-52,000 K won. Applicants should submit the official English test score (minimum score: PBT 550, CBT 213, IBT 79, ITP 550, IELTS 6, TOEIC 800, TEPS 680) except for six native English speakers (Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, UK, USA).

We synthesize and characterize novel functional molecular systems which we design based on theoretical predictions using quantum theoretical calculations and molecular dynamics simulations. We are also interested in fabricating nanodevices, and nano sensors.

Research Fields:  Nanoscience (organic/inorganic synthesis, characterization, device fabrication),
Quantum Physics/Chemistry, Computational Physics/Chemistry

Representative Papers:

  Nature 2009, 460, 498;  Nature 2009, 456, 706;
  Nature Nanotech. 2010, online;  Nature Nanotech. 2008, 3, 408;
  Science 2001, 294, 348;  Chem. Rev. 2000, 100, 4145.
  Acc. Chem. Res. 2010, 43, 111; Chem. Soc. Rev. 2009, 38, 2319;  2006, 35, 355;
  Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2006, 45, 3795; 2005, 127, 4530;
  Phys. Rev. Lett. 2007, 98, 076101; 2006, 96, 096104; Opt. Lett. 2009, 35, 2007;
  Proc. Nat. Acad. Sci. 2005, 102, 14155; 2000, 97, 6373; J. Comput. Chem. 2008, 29, 1208;
  J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2005, 127, 15336; 2002, 124, 14268; 2001, 123, 10748; 2001, 123, 514.

If one is interested in our graduate program, please send me one's CV and a copy of one's transcripts.

Documents for visa Application for foreigners

1.  Curriculum Vitae
    Name, Sex, Birthday, Birth-place, Nationality, Present address,Working place and position, Phone number, Education: BS, MS (GPA); Professional experiences (career)
    (A Chinese should write his/her name in both English and Chinese)
2.  A copy of identification card or a copy of passport issued by the government
    (Zhumin shenfenzheng and Hukouben for a Chinese)
3.  Two letters of recommendation with signature
4.  Each copy of the diploma of B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. degrees issued by the university
    If one has not the copy in hand, one should submit the documents to prove that one received the degree. It should be certified from each university.

If you bring members of your family, then submit the following:

A.  The notarized marriage certificate and the notarized document
      proving that your children or parents are members of your family.
B.  Copies of identification cards or copies of passport for your family members
      issued by your country's government. (copies of Zhumin Shenfenzheng or Hukouben for a Chinese)
C.  Curriculum Vitae for your family members:
      Name, Sex, Birthday, Birth-place, Nationality, Present address, Working place and position Phone number, Education, Professional experience (career)

Admission to PhD Program(refer to: http://www.unist.ac.kr/ )

It takes time to process the visa application. (quite often more than a month!)


2. Job : Research Professors, (Senior) Research Scientists, and Postdoctoral fellows

At : Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology, Center for Superfunctional Materials (CSM)
Field(s): Experimental/Theoretical Physics/Chemistry/Nano-Science
Salary: Commensurate with scientific capacity (very high)
Application deadline: till the position is filled
Contact: Professor Kwang S. Kim
E-mail: kimks@unist.ac.kr
Address:  Center for Superfunctional Materials, Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology, 50 UNIST-gil, Eonyang-eup, Ulju-gun, Ulsan, 689-798 Korea    

Job description: The Center for Superfunctional Materials (CSM), Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology, funded by a Korean Government grant of ~$1.3 million grant/year for 10 years under the National Honor Science Program seeks exceptional scientists with high scientific capacity for several positions at various levels.
The Research professors can carry out collaborative or independent research at the highest level of scientific impacts, and can be recommended for tenure-track positions based on their performance. The positions can be offered for several years. Exceptional scientists can command salaries of upto ~$55,000/year. A room or 3-bedroom apartment on campus costs about ~$110 to ~$340/month.

Research Goals:
* Experiment: (i) Nanomaterials, (ii) Nanodevices, Molecular Electronics, (iii) Nano-Optics,
(iv) Nano-Bio fused systems, (v) Ultra-fast DNA sequencing
* Theory: (i) ab initio theory, DFT, DMatFT, CC, EOM, TDDFT, NEGF, DynMFT, GW, QMC, CPMD, AIMD, DFTB, QM/MM, KMC, MC, Meta/Hyper-dynamics, NEGF-TDDFT, Path Integral,
(ii) Theoretical and Computational Design of realistic nanomaterials, nanodevices,
Graphene/CNT devices, Light harvesting devices, Solar cells, Catalysts, H2/CO2 storage materials, Nano-bio fused systems, Ultra-fast DNA sequencing devices
(iii) Theoretical/Computational Study of Molecular electronics, Spintronics, Quantum information processing, Quantum optics, Attosecond spectroscopy/dynamics

Recent representative papers:
Nature 2009, 460, 498; 2009, 456, 706; Science 2001, 294, 348; Nature Nanotech. 2010, (doi:10.1038/nnano.2010.132); 2008, 3, 408; Chem. Rev. 2000, 100, 4145; Acc. Chem. Res. 2010, 43, 111; Chem. Soc. Rev. 2009, 38, 2319; 2006, 35, 355; Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2007, 46, 7640; 2006, 45, 3795; 2005, 127, 4530; Phys. Rev. Lett. 2007, 98, 076101; 2006, 96, 096104; Opt. Lett. 2010, 35, 2007; Proc. Nat. Acad. Sci. 2005, 102, 14155; 2000, 97, 6373; J. Comput. Chem. 2008, 29, 1208; J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2005, 127, 15336; 2002, 124, 14268; 2001, 123, 10748; 2001, 123, 514.

The director of the Center, Prof. Kwang S. Kim, collaborates with several groups in the world, Prof. Philip Kim (Physics, Columbia), Prof. E. J. Baerends (Vrije Univ, Netherland), Prof. P. Hobza (Czech Acad Sci. Czech Republic), Prof. Gross (Max Planck), Prof. B. Brutschy (Frankfurt Univ), etc. as well as several distinguished Korean groups including Prof. Jin Yong Lee and Prof. Byung Hee Hong (Chemistry,Sungkyunkwan), Prof. Yoon Sup Lee (KAIST), Prof. Ju-Young Yoon (Ewha), Prof. Ji-Hoon Shim, Prof. Young Min Rhee (Postech), etc.

The position can be offered by the director or in collaboration with another professor described above. The research can be done in UNIST or other places including foreign countries.

Application Information: Only Qualified Applicants are encouraged to e-mail their CV to kim@postech.ac.kr and exceptional candidates will only receive our reply.


Prof. Kwang S. Kim
Distinguished Professor (UNIST)
Dept. of Chemistry, School of Natural Science,
and (School of Energy and Chemical Engineering)
Director, Center for Superfunctional Materials
Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology (UNIST)
50 UNIST-gil, Eonyang-eup, Ulju-gun, Ulsan, 689-798 Korea

E-mail: kimks@unist.ac.kr  (Tel +82-52-217-5410, Fax +82-52-217-5419)
http://csm.unist.ac.kr (Center)
http://scholar.google.com/citations?hl=en&user=dWoR7zwAAAAJ
http://www.researcherid.com/rid/C-7538-2012
http://www.iaqms.org/members/kim.php
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CSM Secretary: Mr. Daniel Lee
E-mail: daniellee@unist.ac.kr  (Tel +82-52-217-5403, Fax +82-52-217-5419)

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