University of Central Florida, Physics & CREOL

Position ID:UCF-Physics & CREOL-PD [#14096]
Position Title: Postdoctoral Fellow
Position Type:Postdoctoral
Position Location:Orlando, Florida 32816, United States [map]
Subject Areas: Theoretical Physics / Electronic Structure
Physics / Atomic Physics, Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Physics, Atomic/Molecular Physics, Attosecond science, Computational physics, Photoelectron spectroscopies, Photon-based Scattering and Spectroscopy, Physics, Scattering amplitudes, Strong field physics, theoretical atomic, Theoretical atomic physics, Theoretical Physics, Ultrafast Molecular Dynamics, Ultrafast Physical Chemistry, Ultrafast Science, X-ray Science
Appl Deadline:2019/09/15 11:59PMhelp popup finished (2019/07/22, finished 2020/03/22, listed until 2020/01/22)
Position Description:    

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The Theoretical Attosecond Spectroscopy group (TAS) at the Department of Physics and CREOL, University of Central Florida, invites applications for a Post-Doctoral Research position on computational atomic and molecular physics, with start date preferably before December 2019, and in any case no later than January 2020. The postdoctoral fellowship will be under the aegis of the Department Of Energy, and supported by the early career award recently granted to Dr. Argenti:

The TAS group, established in March 2016 by Dr. Luca Argenti, is interested in the description of time-resolved correlated-electron dynamics in atoms and small molecules. Dr. Argenti’s group, which currently comprises two PhD and one postdoctoral associate, conducts its research in close collaboration with leading theoretical and experimental groups around the world active in the field of photoelectron spectroscopies. These include the two local experimental attosecond-science groups, led by Prof. Zenghu Chang and Prof. Michael Chini. The successful candidate will work with Dr. Argenti, on the main campus of the University of Central Florida, to develop new ab initio codes for molecular photoionization.

The University of Central Florida is rapidly establishing itself as a major center for the theoretical and experimental study of ultrafast electron dynamics in atoms, molecules and solids, and a point of reference on the East coast of the United States for the international attosecond community. Dr. Argenti and Dr. Chini will serve as local chairs of ATTO 2021, the next edition of the most prominent international conference of attosecond science, which will be held in Orlando. The successful applicant, therefore, will have a unique opportunity to showcase her/his achievements. Orlando will host the annual conference of the Division of Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Physics (DAMOP) of the American Physical Society in 2022.

Please visit the websites of the Department of Physics (, the College of Optics & Photonics (, and Dr. Argenti’s web page ( for additional information.

The successful candidate is expected to: 1) play a primary role in the development of new computational methods for the description of the electronic continuum of polyelectronic atoms and molecules, as part of the research effort of the group; 2) carry out original research in attosecond dynamics in collaboration with the other members of the group; 3) communicate the results of his/her research in scientific publications and at conferences; 4) contribute to the writing of research proposals in support of the activities of the group. The initial appointment will be for one year with extension to two years, contingent on performance. Longer extensions will be contingent on both performance and funding. The successful candidate may start as soon as October 1st 2019 and no later than January 31st 2020. The annual salary for this position is near $50,000, plus benefits.

The candidate must have: 1) a Ph.D. in theoretical physics, theoretical chemistry, or related fields; 2) a track record of original contributions to the scientific literature in the field of theoretical AMO physics; 3) a primary interest in pursuing a career in research, as well as an academic profile that justifies this ambition; 4) extensive experience in programming; 5) fluency in written and spoken English; 6) the ability and will to take service at UCF in Orlando, FL, before January 31st 2020.

Preference will be given to candidates with experience in one or more of the following areas: photoionization and strong-field physics; design and development of ab initio electronic-structure codes; software development; programming languages for scientific applications, such as Fortran 2003/2008 and C/C++.

To apply, the candidates must provide the following documentation, by Sunday September 15th 2019: 1) A cover letter (pdf) explaining why they believe they meet the qualifications required and preferred for the position, what are their research interests, how they matured them, and why they think the position on offer is consistent with their academic trajectory. 2) A comprehensive curriculum vitae (pdf), including a complete list of their publications with links to the corresponding web pages. 3) A pdf copy of their Ph.D. thesis. 4) A copy (pdf) of their titles and transcripts, including GRE and language-proficiency scores, if available. 5) Examples of original code written by them, as a separate document. 6) the candidates must arrange for three letters of reference, including one from their PhD advisor, to be uploaded within one week from the deadline.

Shortlisted candidates will be contacted in a timely manner to schedule an online interview.

--- *Beyond the present call*, qualified US citizens interested in working on this project are encouraged to apply to the NRC Postdoctoral Competition. In the NRC competition, applicants are selected based on their academic record, letters of reference and a research proposal (see An NRC PD fellow will be spending a significant amount of time at NIST headquarters in Gaithersburg, MD, under the supervision of Dr. Barry Schneider, a member of the research team. NRC fellows receive a higher stipend, commensurate to the cost of living on the outskirt of DC, their own travel budget, and the use of a laptop. As part of this collaborative effort, the NRC fellow will have the opportunity to travel frequently to UCF in Orlando, to work in person with Dr. Argenti's group. Interested applicants should contact Dr Schneider directly to discuss their research plans and how they fit with the overall goals of the team. Selections for the NRC call are held in August and February. Successful candidates will have the chance to start well into 2020, i.e., past the time constraint of Jan 31st that applies to the present call. ---

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Further Info:
Dr. Luca Argenti
Department of Physics
4111 Libra Drive
Physical Sciences Bldg. 304
University of Central Florida
Orlando, FL 32816-2385
United States of America

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