University of California, Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz Materials Center

Position ID:University of California, Santa Cruz-Santa Cruz Materials Center-PD [#22733]
Position Title: Postdoctoral scholar
Position Type:Postdoctoral
Position Location:Santa Cruz, California 95064, United States [map] sort by distance
Subject Areas: Condensed Matter Physics / Quantum Information, Condensed Matter Theory, Strongly Correlated Materials
Appl Deadline:2023/04/01 11:59PMhelp popup finished (2022/09/11, finished 2023/10/07, listed until 2023/09/11)
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Postdoc positions for ab-initio Materials Theory in the Ping Group at University of California, Santa Cruz

The Ping Group ( at the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC) invites applications for multiple Postdoctoral Scholar openings of condensed matter and materials theory. Under the direction of Prof. Yuan Ping, the Postdoctoral Scholar will develop theory and computational methods based on first-principles many-body perturbation theory  and recently developed ab-initio density-matrix dynamics methods in her group and apply them to a wide range of materials platform for quantum information science and energy conversion applications. The projects are supported by DOE Computational Chemistry, DOE EFRC, DOD AFOSR, and NSF CAREER awards. 
Applicants with expertise in condensed matter theory, materials theory, or physical chemistry and significant experience in any of the following areas are strongly encouraged to apply: developing first-principles methods for excited states and correlated electrons in solids such as Green’s function methods (GW/BSE, DMFT), real-time TDDFT, electron-phonon coupling, spin dynamics, quantum transport, and having experiences in massively-parallel numerical implementations for advanced electronic structure methods. 

Bio:   Yuan Ping received her B.Sc. degree from University of Science and Technology of China in 2007 and her Ph.D. from UC Davis under Giulia Galli (currently at U. Chicago) in 2013. She was a materials postdoctoral fellow in JCAP at Caltech from 2013 to 2016, under William Goddard III.  In 2016, she joined the faculty at University of California, Santa Cruz as an assistant professor in Chemistry department and affiliated professor in Physics department, promoted to associate professor in 2022 July.  Ping’s research group focuses on many-body perturbation theory for electronic excitation and exciton recombination, and ab-initio open quantum dynamics for spin and electron relaxation for applications in quantum information science and energy conversion. Ping is a recipient of Alfred P. Sloan fellow in 2022, NSF CAREER award in 2022, Air Force Young Investigator Program (YIP) award in 2021, and ACS COMP OpenEye Outstanding Junior Faculty Award in 2021.

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Postdoctoral Scholar 

Commensurate with qualifications and experience based on UC Salary scale, from $54K – 65K per year. Salary beyond the standard salary scale is negotiable. 

Ph.D. (or equivalent foreign degree) in physics, physical chemistry, materials science, or related field at the time of application. 

As soon as possible after initial review of the applications. 

Initial appointment will be 100% for one year. Reappointment can be considered contingent
upon the availability of work and appropriate funding up to three years or more. 

Letter of application that briefly summarizes your qualifications and interest in the position (required).
Curriculum vitae (required) Including list of publications.

Reference Requirement
Applicants must provide the names and contact information of their references (a minimum of 3 are required and a maximum of 5 will be accepted). The hiring unit will request confidential letters from the references of those applicants who are under serious consideration. 

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