Researcher Simen Kvaal
Affiliation: Department of Chemistry, University of Oslo
Contact: simen.kvaal@kjemi.uio.no
Research interest
My research is mainly focused on development and mathematical analysis of computational methods in quantum chemistry and manybody quantum physics in general. I focus on densityfunctional theory and coupledcluster methods, both singlereference and multireference theory. Having a background in the intersection of theoretical physics and applied mathematics, I strive for a rigorous yet physically realistic approach to method development. Much of my research used the bivariational principle, a powerful yet unconventional criticalpoint formulation of both the timedependent and the stationary Schrödinger equation.
Short bio
I was born in 1978 and grew up in Ås south of Oslo. Today, I live in Eiksmarka with my wife and two kids. In 2004 I obtained my MSc in Physics at UiO, and in 2009 I obtained my PhD in physics, working at the Centre of Mathematics for Applications, department of Mathematics, UiO.
I was supervised by Prof. Morten HjorthJensen and Prof. Ragnar Winther. After a postdoc at the Department of Mathematics, I went to Tübingen in Germany in 2010 as a postdoc with Prof. Christian Lubich at the Department of Mathematics.
I returned to Oslo, and in 2012 I became a postdoc at the Centre for Theoretical and Computational Chemistry under Prof. Trygve Helgaker.
In 2014 I obtained an ERC Starting Grant and a permanent researcher position, and in 20212022 I will lead a project at the Centre for Advanced Study together with Prof. Thomas Bondo Pedersen.
Supervisor for the following CompSci projects

Chemistry:
 Acceleration of ManyElectron Attosecond Dynamics Simulations (available in call 1)
 Molecular Noninteracting Kinetic Energy by Machine Learning (available in call 2)

Physics: