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Postdoctoral Research Associate - Condensed Matter Theory

Job ID 1532 Date posted 11/30/2018


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The Condensed Matter Physics and Materials Science Department has a very strong tradition of research in strongly correlated materials using several experimental techniques including x-ray scattering, neutron scattering and photoelectron spectroscopy, etc.  This is complimented by excellent sample synthesis capabilities and strong theoretical support.  The X-ray Scattering group specializes in Resonant Inelastic X-ray Scattering (RIXS, Bragg Coherent Diffraction Imaging (BCDI), and X-ray Total Scattering for Pair Distribution Function (PDF) and benefits from close collaboration with beam-lines at the National Synchrotron Light Source II.

Brookhaven National Laboratory was recently awarded a grant entitled, Dynamics and Control of Magnetic and Charge Order in Complex Oxides -- one of 10 nationwide programs for advancing x-ray free electron laser studies aiming to advance our understanding of chemical and materials science.  The collaboration involves 8 PIs and 5 research associates working together to deliver detailed pictures of ultra-fast spin and charge behavior in complex oxide materials and how this organizes into domains once it couples to the lattice.  This multi-degree of freedom, multi-length-scale understanding of canonical strongly correlated oxides is a vital step towards "properties on demand" via strategic ultra-fast excitation of quantum materials.

The successful candidate will work with Weiguo Yin and Robert Konik in the Condensed Matter Theory Group.



The successful candidate will develop theory to understand, predict and control charge and magnetic ordering in quantum materials in the ultrafast time domain. This involves performing state-of-the-art atomistic scale materials modeling and numerical simulation of light-matter interaction, comparing the theory with experiments such as Bragg Coherent Diffractive Imaging (BCDI) and resonant inelastic x-ray scattering (RIXS), and disseminating the conclusions in scientific publications and talks.



  • PhD in theoretical condensed matter physics or related field
  • A good understanding of the science of quantum materials such as complex oxides or related materials

  • Effective written and oral communication skills

    Self-motivated and able to work both independently and as part of a team

  • Has experience with time dependent density matrix renormalization group and/or time dependent density functional theory.

Preferred Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Experience in first-principles computational methods for modeling strongly interacting electron-phonon systems, simulating BCDI or RIXS, etc.

  • Experience in numerical simulation of photoexcited nonequilibrium systems

  • Familiarity with code development using C++, FORTRAN 90, Python, or Matlab


    BNL policy requires that appointments be made to individuals who have received their PhD within the past five years.

    At Brookhaven National Laboratory we believe that a comprehensive employee benefits program is an important and meaningful part of the compensation employees receive.  Our benefits program includes but is not limited to:

    - Medical Plans
    - Vacation
    - Holidays
    - Dental Plans
    - Life Insurance
    - 401(k) Plan
    - Swimming Pool, Weight Room, Tennis Courts, and many other employee perks and benefits


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