Our Materials Theory Group seeks a Postdoctoral Research Associate to help us advance our understanding of complex collective phenomena in strongly correlated electron systems caused by strong electron-electron interactions and the relativistic spin-orbit coupling. For this purpose, a variety of theoretical methods will be used, mainly with model Hamiltonians.
The core scientific aim of the project is to understand or predict such phenomena in correlated systems in bulk forms, such as transition-metal oxides, transition-metal charcogenides, or heterostructures. As a postdoc, you’ll have the opportunity to collaborate with researchers from diverse backgrounds, not only condensed matter theorists but also experimentalists, including neutron diffraction and scattering at the Spallation Neutron Source (SNS) and the High Flux Isotope Reactor (HFIR). This position resides in the Materials Science and Technology Division (MSTD), Physical Sciences Directorate (PSD) at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL).
As part of our team, you will perform the theoretical and computational calculations for existing materials to help understand their novel behaviors or unknown materials to predict their potential novel functionalities. You will drive the project forward by identifying promising material systems and performing detailed theoretical investigations. While you will be responsible for performing theoretical calculations, you will also be expected to actively interact with experimental colleagues. As such, this position provides the chance to create meaningful contributions in the field of complex collective phenomena in strongly correlated materials while refining your existing theoretical skills and developing new ones.
Present and report research results and publish scientific results in peer-reviewed journals in a timely fashion
Ensure compliance with environment, safety, health and quality program requirements
Maintain a strong dedication to the implementation and perpetuation of values and ethics
A PhD in physics, applied physics, material science, or a related discipline completed within the last five years
Background in condensed matter physics and computational and analytical calculations with model Hamiltonians
Experience with computational density functional theory calculations or analytic tight-binding model calculations
Experience with many-body calculations using a Hartree-Fock method, Green function techniques, or dynamical mean field methods
Familiarity with complex phenomena in bulk transition-metal oxides, such as high transition temperature superconductivity, colossal magnetoresistance effect and multiferroics.
Familiarity with theoretical approaches to deal with the spatial inhomogeneity arising from defects or disorder in bulk systems or interfaces between different systems as found in heterostructures
Familiarity with many-body computational techniques, such as Lanczos or Arnoldi exact diagonalization, and the density matrix renormalization group methods
An 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 in English to an international scientific audience
Motivated self-starter with the ability to work independently and to participate creatively in collaborative and frequently interacting teams of researchers
Ability to function well in a dynamic research environment, set priorities to accomplish multiple tasks within deadlines, and adapt to ever-changing needs
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.
Please provide a list of publications when applying for this position. Three letters of reference are required and can be uploaded to your profile or emailed directly to PSDrecruit@ornl.gov. Please include the title of the position in the subject line.
ORNL is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants, including individuals with disabilities and protected veterans are encouraged to apply.
Oak Ridge National Laboratory is the US Department of Energy's largest multi-program science and energy laboratory, with scientific and technical capabilities spanning the continuum from basic to applied research. Located in the city of Oak Ridge, ORNL is in the eastern part of Tennessee in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains.
ORNL is an equal opportunity employer. All qualifi...ed applicants, including individuals with disabilities and protected veterans are encouraged to apply. UT-Battelle is an E-Verify employer.
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