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Postdoctoral Research Associate - Computational and Theoretical Materials Scientist

Date: Feb 19, 2021

Location: Oak Ridge, TN, US, 37831

Company: Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Requisition Id 4321 

Overview:  We are seeking a Postdoctoral Research Associate who will focus on first-principles theoretical/computational modeling of topological quantum materials and developing growth modeling.  This position resides in the Scanning Probe Microscopy group in the Nanoscale Characterization Secion, CNMS, PSD at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL). As part of our research team, you will work closely with experimentalists who synthesize and characterize various quantum materials. First-principles based computational modeling will help interpreting experimental results, guiding synthesis experiment, and identifying materials with improved functional properties.


This position is supported by the Department of Energy Quantum Science Center, a National Quantum Information Science Research Center. Postdoctoral research associates appointed to the Quantum Science Center will engage with a network of universities, national laboratories, and industry to overcome key roadblocks in quantum state resilience, controllability, and ultimately the scalability of quantum technologies to realize the quantum future.


Major Duties/Responsibilities: 

  • First-principles based theoretical/computational modeling of low-dimensional quantum topological material
  • Present and report research results at group meetings and international conferences
  • Publish scientific results in peer-reviewed journals in a timely manner
  • Ensure compliance with environment, safety, health and quality program requirements
  • Maintain strong dedication to the implementation and perpetuation of values and ethics


Basic Qualifications:

  • A PhD in condensed matter physics theory, computational materials science, or a related discipline completed within the last five years
  • Experience in first-principles-based modeling
  • Experience with computer programming language(s) and/or computational code development


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Excellent record of productive and creative research as demonstrated by publications in peer-reviewed journals
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills and the ability to communicate to an international, scientific audience
  • Motivated self-starter with the ability to work independently and to participate creatively in collaborative teams across the laboratory 
  • Ability to function well in a fast-paced research environment, set priorities to accomplish multiple tasks within deadlines, and adapt to ever changing needs


Special Requirements

Applicants cannot have received their Ph.D. more than five years prior to the date of application and must complete all degree requirements before starting their appointment. The appointment length will be up to 24 months with the potential for extension. Initial appointments and extensions are subject to performance and availability of funding.


Three letters of reference are required and can be uploaded to your profile or emailed directly to  Please include the title of the position in the subject line.


This position will remain open for a minimum of 5 days after which it will close when a qualified candidate is identified and/or hired.

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ORNL is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants, including individuals with disabilities and protected veterans, are encouraged to apply.  UT-Battelle is an E-Verify employer.

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