University of Central Florida, Argenti Theoretical Attosecond Science Group

2743 17865
Position ID:UCF-Argenti Theoretical Attosecond Science Group-PD_AMO_UCF [#17865]
Position Title: Postdoctoral researcher
Position Type:Postdoctoral
Position Location:Orlando, Florida 32816, United States [map]
Subject Areas: Physical Chemistry / ultrafast spectroscopies
Physics / Attosecond science, Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Physics, Coherent Phenomena, Computational physics, Photoelectron spectroscopies, Theoretical atomic physics, Ultrafast Physical Chemistry, Ultrafast Science
Theoretical Physics / Electronic Structure
Appl Deadline:2021/06/19 11:59PMhelp popup finished (2020/12/23, finished 2021/12/25)
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General description of position

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 in Spring 2021.

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 preeminent attosecond-science groups at UCF led by Prof. Zenghu Chang and Prof. Michael Chini. The successful candidate will work with Dr. Argenti, in 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 becoming 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 for the next edition of the most prominent international conference of attosecond science, ATTO VIII, which will be held in July 2022. The successful applicant will have a unique opportunity to showcase her/his achievements. Orlando has also been selected to host the annual conference of the Division of Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Physics (DAMOP) of the American Physical Society in 2022.

Information about Group and Departments Please visit the websites of the Department of Physics (, the College of Optics & Photonics (, and Dr. Argenti’s web page ( for additional information. Job description The successful candidate is expected to: 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; carry out original research in attosecond dynamics in collaboration with the other members of the group; communicate the results of his/her research in scientific publications and at conferences; 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 early as Summer 2021 and no later than Fall 2021.

Required minimum qualifications 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, by Fall 2021.

Preferred qualifications 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; fluency in programming languages for scientific applications, such as Fortran 2003/2008 and C/C++.

Special instructions to applicants To apply, the candidates must provide the following documentation: 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. 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. 5. To illustrate their experience in code construction, the candidates should also upload examples of original code written by them as a separate document. Furthermore, 6. the candidates must arrange for three letters of reference, to be uploaded. Shortlisted candidates will be contacted in a timely manner to schedule an online interview. The position will remain open until filled.

About University of Central Florida and Orlando The University of Central Florida (UCF) is a large public research university, with a growing Physics Department and a College of Optics & Photonics (CREOL) with few equals in the world. In 2018, UCF graduate program in Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Physics has been ranked 12th in the U.S. by UCF main campus is located on the outskirt of Orlando, a city of everlasting Summer.

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Department of Physics
4111 Libra Drive
Physical Sciences Bldg.
University of Central Florida
Orlando, FL 32816-2385
United States of America