Lehigh University, Physics

Position ID:Lehigh-Physics-PDQUAN [#21688]
Position Title: PostDoc in Many-body Quantum Theory for Strongly Correlated Materials
Position Type:Postdoctoral
Position Location:Bethlehem, Pennsylvania 18015, United States [map]
Subject Areas: Physics / Computational physics, Condensed Matter Physics, Condensed Matter Theory, Machine Learning, Materials Sciences, materials theory;
Appl Deadline: (posted 2022/04/27, listed until 2022/11/30)
Position Description:    

Postdoctoral Position in Many-body Quantum Theory for Strongly Correlated Materials 
Lehigh University

The Department of Physics in the group of Dr. Chinedu Ekuma at Lehigh University (LU), is seeking an outstanding and highly motivated postdoctoral research associate within the area of disorder in strongly correlated materials using Density Functional Theory and Dynamical Mean Field Theory (DMFT). 

The successful candidate will develop and apply first-principles-based computational approaches based on DMFT to explore and exploit functionalization strategies such as defect-engineering in materials. 

While the overarching focus of this position is code development aimed at understanding the role of defects in strongly correlated materials, the goal of this specific postdoc project will depend on the interests and qualifications of the candidate. We have a broad and flexible focus when it comes to the employed methodologies (DFT, many-body perturbation theory, machine-learning, and effective Hamiltonians and models such as the DMFT) the target properties (electronic, optical, magnetic, topological), and the potential technological applications (optoelectronic devices and quantum information). These areas will be covered by several interrelated PhD and postdoctoral projects. 

The group has strong connections to local experimental groups within LU and National Labs. such as the Sensors and Electron Devices Directorate (SEDD) at the U.S. Army Research Lab. ALC, MD. 

The candidate should have a PhD degree or equivalent in theoretical/computational physics or chemistry. The successful postdoctoral candidate should have a strong background in solid state physics and electronic structure calculations of strongly correlated materials. The candidate should be proficient in FORTRAN programming. Expert knowledge of first-principles calculations using DFT (VASP etc.) Good communication skills in both spoken and written English, are a requirement. Self-motivation is a desired skill. 

Other Desirable Skills 
The candidate should have experience in the (or willingness to learn) first-principles many-body approaches (especially DFT+DMFT) and machine learning. 

Salary and terms of employment 
LU offers a highly competitive salary package. The period of employment is for two years with the possibility of extension for a third year upon mutual consent. The position is available immediately and will remain open until filled. 

Application procedure 
Your completed online application must be submitted no later than August 31, 2022. The file must include: 

• Application (cover letter) 
• CV 
• Research Statement 
• Academic Diplomas (MSc/PhD) 
• List of publications 
• Two to three reference letters (to be submitted online by the reference writers at this site) 
• And anything else requested in the position description 

Further information 
Should you have any queries regarding the positions, please contact Professor Chinedu Ekuma (chinedu.ekuma@lehigh.edu). 

You can read more about our research here: cekumagroup.cas.lehigh.edu. If you are applying from abroad, you may find useful information on working at LU here: hr.lehigh.edu.

Application Materials Required:
Submit the following items online at this website to complete your application:
And anything else requested in the position description.

Further Info:
Lehigh University Physics
16 Memorial Dr. East
Bethlehem, PA 18015