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Postdoctoral Research Associate, Theoretical study of quantum materials

Job ID 1526 Date posted 11/13/2018


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The Condensed Matter Physics and Materials Science Division (CMPMSD) has a very strong tradition of research in strongly correlated materials using several experiment techniques including x-ray scattering, neutron scattering, and photoelectron spectroscopy, etc.  This is complemented by excellent sample synthesis capabilities and strong theoretical support.

The Condensed Matter Theory Group conducts basic research over a wide swath of theoretical physics, ranging from strongly correlated electrons to first-principles electronic structure theory.  We coordinate our research efforts closely with experimental efforts both within the CMPMSD as well as the Center for Functional Nanomaterials and the National Synchrotron Light Source II.  Our main topics of research are:  Theory of high-temperature superconductivity, low-dimensional transport in nanostructures and mesoscopic systems, low-dimensional magnetism, non-equilibrium physics in strongly correlated systems, Wannier-function based approaches to first-principles computations.

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



The Condensed Matter Theory Group is seeking a postdoctoral research associate for theoretical and computational study of quantum materials with exotic topological properties and unconventional superconductivity.  This involves performing state-of-the-art atomistic modeling and simulation, guiding materials synthesis and characterization, and disseminating the conclusions in scientific publications and talks.



  • PhD in theoretical condensed matter physics or closely related field
  • A good understanding of the science of chiral materials such as ZrTe5 or related materials
  • Effective communication skills, both verbally and through writing
  • Self-motivated and able to work both independently and as part of a team

Preferred Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

- Experience in first-principles-based computational methods for modeling quantum materials, simulating charge transport, analyzing band topology, etc.
- Familiarity with code development using C++, FORTRAN, Python or Matlab


BNL policy states that research associate appointments may 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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