The prime goal of the Vienna Graduate School on Computational Materials Science (DK CMS) is the training of graduate students in this internationally renowned research area of Vienna University of Technology and at the University of Vienna. Training is centered around the following three pillars:
- training through research;
- training through teaching in form of lectures, seminars, computational and soft-skills training; and
- training through international exchange, i.e. mutual visits and research stays of the students abroad.
The Graduate School is a successor of the Science College funded by the Austrian Research fund. There is an initial opening for Ph.D. positions financed in part by Vienna University of Technology and in part by individual projects of the SFB Vienna Materials Laboratory (SFB ViCoM), and further activities are planned for the future.
Vienna has a number of outstanding density functional theory (DFT) groups doing atomistic, quantummechanical calculations of materials. DFT was not only successfully applied but was also further developed. Indeed, two worldwide leading DFT program packages were established (Wien2K and VASP), which are both licensed by far more than 1000 groups in science and industry. More recently, electronic correlations became another hot topic and five projects of the SFB ViCoM are presently working on an improved description and understanding of electronic correlations in materials.
The second focus of the Graduate School is the multi-scaling from atomistic scales to micro and macroscopic scales: For example, from the atomistically determined material properties to the precipitation processes on the microscale which determine the macroscopic properties of steel and other intermetallics; or from the atomistic interaction between mesoscopically sized colloids to their complex (selforganized) order. Topics of particular relevance for industrial applications are mechanical properties of steel and other metals, semiconductor electronics and the simulation of magnetization processes in hard disk devices.