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Postdoctoral Research Associate Oxide Molecular Beam Epitaxy

Job ID 1914 Date posted 10/19/2019

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The mechanism of high-temperature superconductivity (HTS) is one of the most important problems in Condensed Matter Physics. Some basic facts - the dimensionality, the spin and the charge of free carriers, the nature of superconducting transition and the effective interaction that causes electron pairing - are still unclear.

Using a unique atomic-layer (‘digital’) molecular beam epitaxy (MBE) system, wesynthesize single-crystal films of HTS cuprates as well as multilayers and superlattices with atomically perfect interfaces, and manufacture tunnel junctions, field-effect devices, and HTS nano-structures.

The program impact is twofold. The group is the source of unique samples, including the highest-quality HTS films and multilayer hetero-structures engineered down to a single atomic layer that are enabling breakthrough research of few dozen groups at national laboratories and leading universities in US and abroad. In-house experiments have also brought in several important results ‑ discovery of HTS interface superconductivity, demonstration of Giant Proximity Effect, HTS in a single CuO2 layer, evidence for small (local) electron pairs, and their (de)localization at the superconductor-insulator quantum phase transition. These experiments provide clear-cut answers to at least some of the above questions, and significantly impact research on HTS and more broadly on strongly-correlated materials.

Postdoctoral research associate in charge of 1) running, maintaining, and upgrading an oxide molecular beam epitaxy system; 2) synthesis and characterization of thin films of complex oxides by XRD, AFM, transport and magnetic measurements; 3) analyzing the data and reporting the results in research publications and conferences.

  • PhD in Condensed Matter Physics
  • Extensive hands-on experience in designing, building, maintaining and operating UHV deposition equipment and specifically with oxide-MBE
  • Proficiency with atomic-beam rate measurements, surface-science tools such as RHEED and ionic scattering, and other sophisticated laboratory electronics
  • Record of publications in high-impact journals

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