University of Minnesota, SPA Searches

Position ID:University of Minnesota-SPA Searches-POSTDOC_CM_RF [#23273]
Position Title: Post-Doctoral Associate - Rafael Fernandes Research Group
Position Type:Postdoctoral
Position Location:Minneapolis, Minnesota 55455, United States [map] sort by distance
Subject Area: Condensed Matter Physics / Condensed Matter Theory
Appl Deadline: finished (2022/10/13, finished 2023/02/03, listed until 2023/02/02)
Position Description:    

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

Research Description
We are seeking a postdoctoral researcher to participate in the theoretical research activities under the UMN Center for Quantum Materials (CQM) under the joint supervision of Prof. Rafael Fernandes (SPA) and Prof. Turan Birol (CEMS). The successful candidate is expected to perform both computational calculations and theoretical modeling. The research is in the area of theoretical condensed matter physics and materials science. The research activities in the CQM are highly collaborative, and strong interactions with experimentalists funded by this grant is an important duty associated with the position.

The main goal of CQM is to substantially advance the understanding of quantum electronic phases and phase transitions in select quantum materials, particularly oxides. This is achieved through the synthesis of exceptional quality model materials in both bulk and thin-film form, the application of cutting-edge neutron, x-ray, and other probes, the exploration of novel material control paradigms (especially strain-based), and tight coupling to theory. The hired postdoctoral researcher is going to work on developing and applying theoretical models for a wide range of quantum materials, employing first principles calculations and analytical modeling.

Applications will ONLY be accepted online via the UMN Employment system. Submit a cover letter, c.v., research statement, and a list of references. In addition, applicants should arrange to have at least three letters of recommendation sent directly to the Academic Jobs online website under job ID 23273.   You MUST complete an application at the UMN Human Resources website and search the job opening ID 352157.  For general questions please contact Rafael Fernandes at

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Further Info:
School of Physics and Astronomy
University of Minnesota
John T. Tate Hall
116 Church Street SE
Minneapolis MN 55455