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Postdoctoral Research Associate, Condensed Matter Theory

Job ID 1982 Date posted 12/13/2019

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The Condensed Matter Physics and Materials Science Division has long had a strong tradition in strongly correlated electron physics, both experimentally and theoretically.  As part of this effort, the department is making several hires.

The candidate will be a research associate in BNL's Condensed Matter Theory group.  We are looking for candidates who have experience and/or interest in one of the following:

- Quantum field theory and its applications to condensed matter and statistical systems.
- Numerical methods including tensor network methods and density matrix renormalization group approaches to strongly correlated systems.
- Applications of truncated Hamiltonian methods to both 1D and higher demensional systems.

This position will be supervised by various members of the condensed matter theory group.  However it is important that the successful candidate be able to work independently.  The postdoc will also work closely in collaboration with a team of scientists, theorists, and experimentalsts at the Center.

The position has a nominal two year duration.  However with exemplary performance, the position can be extended a year.

  • Ph.D in Condensed Matter Physics, Solid State Chemistry, Materials Science or related discipline is required.
  • Candidates must have excellent written and oral communication skills, be self-motivated and able to work both independently and as part of a team.
  • Ability to interact effectively with a diverse group of scientists and technical staff is required.
  • Candidates should have proven ability for disseminating research results by writing manuscripts and giving academic presentations.
  • Candidates must be willing to travel in order to disseminate results and communicate with scientists at institutions participating in the computational material science effort at BNL.

Preferred Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

* A good understanding of the physics of strongly correlated materials/systems is desirable.
* Ability to work closely and communicate effectively with experimental colleagues.
* Some programming skills are desirable.

BNL policy states that research associate appointments may be made to individuals who have received their Ph.D within the past five years.

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

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