University of California, Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz Materials Center

Position ID:University of California, Santa Cruz-Santa Cruz Materials Center-PS [#22532]
Position Title: Postdoctoral Scholar in Quantum Condensed Matter Theory
Position Type:Postdoctoral
Position Location:Santa Cruz, California 95064, United States [map] sort by distance
Subject Areas: Condensed Matter Physics / Condensed Matter Physics, Electronic Structure, Strongly Correlated Materials, Condensed Matter Theory, Energy Materials, topological states
Appl Deadline:2022/12/01 11:59PMhelp popup finished (2022/08/29, finished 2023/06/03)
Position Description:   URMs  

*** this position has been closed and new applications are no longer accepted. ***

Beginning Fall 2023, a Postdoctoral Scholar position is open in the Quantum Condensed Matter Theory group at the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC). Our group is represented by Profs. Aris Alexandradinata, Joshua Deutsch, Onuttom Narayan, Sriram Shastry and Sergey Syzranov, with strengths in topological quantum and strongly correlated matter, disordered systems, and mesoscopic physics. The Scholar is expected to be fluent in one or more of these topics, and will be encouraged to interact with any member in our group.

One research direction within our group is to develop a new paradigm for topological metals/insulators, and to identify their unique phenomenology (e.g., nonlinear optical responses), with an eye toward applications in sustainable technologies (e.g., photovoltaics). Other possible research directions include the interplay of topological matter with new forms of magnetism and high-magnetic-field superconductivity, electron hydrodynamics in solid-state systems, transport in high-temperature superconductors, and the physics of quantum spin liquids. The Scholar is encouraged to collaborate with condensed-matter experimental groups led by David Lederman, Arthur Ramirez, Jairo Velasco and Aiming Yan, theoretical materials chemist Yuan Ping and Xiao Wang, as well as other members of the inter-departmental Materials Science and Engineering Initiative.

Santa Cruz is a picturesque town on the coast of the Pacific Ocean, with spring-like weather all year round, beautiful beaches, and redwood-forested mountains. The town is bike-friendly and within driving distance to Silicon Valley and several renowned Universities (Stanford, Berkeley, UC Santa Barbara), making UCSC ideal for collaborations with other Condensed Matter groups, and for having a constant stream of renowned seminar/colloquium speakers.

Interested candidates should submit an application through the Academic Jobs Online website. The required application documents are a CV, publication list, research statement (2-3 pages, with minimal jargon), a minimum of 3 reference letters (maximum of 5), and a cover letter that summarizes your qualifications and interest in the position. Applications will open on September 6, 2022. Applications submitted by December 1 2022 will receive full consideration; late applications may be considered if the position is not yet filled. The position is anticipated to begin in Fall 2023, but the starting date is negotiable. The salary will be competitive with comparable postdoctoral positions, and has a lower bound set by UC policy. The initial appointment will be 100% for one year; reappointment for up to three years is contingent on satisfactory performance; reappointment beyond three years is contingent on the availability of funds. Inquiries about the position may be sent to Prof. Aris Alexandradinata at

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