Physics Department, University of Central Florida

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Position ID:UCF-Physics-AMOPOSTDOC2017 [#8856]
Position Title: Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Position Type:Postdoctoral
Position Location:Orlando, Florida 32816, United States [map]
Subject Areas: Physics / Theoretical Physics, Optics and Photonics, Atomic/Molecular Physics, Atomic Physics, Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Physics, Strong field physics, Computational physics, Ultrafast Physical Chemistry, Ultrafast Molecular Dynamics, Coherent Phenomena, Chemistry
Starting Date:2017/05/31
Appl Deadline:2017/02/19 (posted 2017/01/30)
Position Description:    

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 full-time Post-Doctoral Research position on computational atomic and molecular physics, with a start date prior to May 31st 2017. The TAS group, established in March 2016 by Assistant Professor Luca Argenti, is interested in the description of time-resolved correlated-electron dynamics in atoms and small molecules. Dr. Argenti‚Äôs group, which currently comprises two PhD and two senior undergraduate students, 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 atomic photoionization.

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 soon as March 1st and no later than May 31st 2017. 

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 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 May 31st 2017.

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

For full consideration, candidates must upload the following documentation by Sunday February 19th 2017:

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. Their curriculum vitae (pdf), including a complete list of their publications with links to the corresponding web pages;

3. A copy of their Ph.D. thesis (pdf);

4. A copy of their titles and transcripts (pdf);

5. The names and e-mail contacts of three academics, including the PhD advisor, willing to provide a letter of reference for the candidate;

6. To illustrate their experience in code construction, the candidates can also upload examples of their original code in a separate text document.

Equal Employment Opportunity: The University of Central Florida is an Equal Opportunity Employer of individuals with disabilities and protected veterans and actively seeks diversity among its employees. The University prohibits discrimination and harassment based on race, color, creed, religion, sex, gender, national origin, citizenship, ethnicity, marital status, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression, veteran status, or any other status protected by applicable law to the extent prohibited by law. This nondiscrimination policy covers admissions, employment, and access to and treatment in University programs, services, and activities. Equal Employment Opportunity is the Law. Background Screening Statement: In connection with your application for employment, the University of Central Florida may procure a Background Screen on you as part of the process of considering your candidacy as an employee.

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

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