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Scientist Condensed Matter Theorist

Job ID 2880 Date posted 11/04/2021

Brookhaven National Laboratory (www.bnl.gov) delivers discovery science and transformative technology to power and secure the nation’s future. Brookhaven Lab is a multidisciplinary laboratory with seven Nobel Prize-winning discoveries, 37 R&D 100 Awards, and more than 70 years of pioneering research. The Lab is primarily supported by the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Science. Brookhaven Science Associates (BSA) operates and manages the Laboratory for DOE. BSA is a partnership between Battelle and The Research Foundation for the State University of New York on behalf of Stony Brook University.

Organizational Overview

The Condensed Matter Physics and Materials Science Division has a very strong tradition of research into 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 within the Division focuses on band structure theory, tensor-network models and DMRG, analytical methods for low dimensional systems, and on other aspects of strongly correlated physics.  The successful candidate will collaborate both with other members of the Theory Group and with the experimental efforts within the Division.

Position Description

We welcome applications from candidates with a background in strongly correlated systems, topological and two-dimensional materials, quantum algorithms, as well as machine learning as applied to problems in condensed matter and materials physics.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Conduct research broadly connected with the direction of the Department
  • Support the Theory group in conducting and analyzing experimental results
  • Interact with the members of the group and the experimental colleagues

Position Requirements

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • PhD in Theoretical Condensed Matter Physics or closely related field and at least two years of related experience post PhD
  • Excellent numerical and analytical techniques
  • Demonstrated oral and written communication skills
  • Self-motivated and able to work both independently and as part of a team

Preferred Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Broad knowledge of condensed matter physics with a focus on the physics of strongly correlated systems.
  • Good computational skills, both analytical and numerical.

Brookhaven National Laboratory and the Energy and Photon Sciences Directorate are committed to your success. We offer a supportive work environment and the resources necessary for you to succeed.

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, Dental, and Vision Care Plans
  • Flexible Spending Accounts
  • Paid Time-off and Leave Programs (vacation, holidays, sick leave, paid parental leave)
  • Lab-funded Retirement Plan
  • 401(k) Plan
  • Flexible Work Arrangements
  • Tuition Assistance, Training and Professional Development Programs
  • Employee Fitness/Wellness & Recreation:  Gym/Basketball Courts, Weight Room, Fitness Classes, Indoor Pool, Tennis Courts, Sports Clubs/Activities (Basketball, Ping Pong, Softball, Tennis)


Brookhaven Science Associates requires proof of a COVID-19 vaccination for all employees.Proof of full vaccination as recognized by the CDC and/or WHO, inclusive of the two-week waiting period, is required either by November 17, 2021 or at the start of your employment if after November 17, 2021.

Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL) is an equal opportunity employer that values inclusion and diversity at our Lab.We are committed to ensuring that all qualified applicants receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, status as a veteran, disability or any other federal, state or local protected class.

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