Overview: We are seeking an outstanding Postdoctoral Research Associate who will focus on computational studies of models for strongly correlated electrons. This position resides in the Nanomaterials Theory Institute at the Center for Nanophase Materials Sciences (CNMS) Division, Physical Sciences Directorate (PSD) at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL).
As part of our research team, you will participate in efforts to computationally simulate transition metal oxides that display strong correlation between the electrons. You will have many opportunities to benefit from interacting with research staff in the mathematical formulation of models, and from interactions with experimentalists at ORNL facilities including the CNMS and ORNL’s neutron scattering facilities, the Spallation Neutron Source (SNS) and the High Flux Isotope Reactor (HFIR).
Perform computational calculations for models of existing materials to help understand their novel behaviors or unknown materials to predict their potential novel properties and functionalities
Drive the project forward by identifying promising material systems and performing detailed computational investigations
Actively interact with experimental colleagues across ORNL. 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 manner
Ensure compliance with environment, safety, health and quality program requirements
Maintain 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 calculations with model Hamiltonians
Experience with studies of many-body tight-binding fermionic models for strongly correlated electrons
Experience with the density matrix renormalization group and exact diagonalization techniques
Experience with high critical transition temperature superconductivity and/or transition metal oxides
Familiarity with theoretical methods to calculate the dynamical spin structure factor S(q,w) needed to contrast theory vs neutron scattering experimental results
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
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 emailed directly to PSDrecruit@ornl.gov. Please include the title of the position and your name 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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If you have trouble applying for a position, please email ORNLRecruiting@ornl.gov.
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.
About Oak Ridge National Laboratory
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 qualified applicants, including individuals with disabilities and protected veterans are encouraged to apply. UT-Battelle is an E-Verify employer.
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