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Iowa State University Postdoctoral Research Associate - Ames Laboratory in Ames, Iowa

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Position Title:Postdoctoral Research Associate - Ames Laboratory

Appointment Type:Post Doc/Trainee

Job Description:Summary of Duties and Responsibilities:

The Division of Materials Science and Engineering at Ames Laboratory, a Department of Energy National Laboratory, is searching for a qualified Postdoctoral Research Associate.

The Postdoctoral Research Associate will be in theoretical condensed matter physics, with a focus on the analytical and numerical modeling of magnetic and electronic properties based on electronic structure methods. The project is supported by Basic Energy Sciences (BES), DOE. The research group specializes in growing and theoretically studying materials, with a history of magnetic elements and compounds. The work will require a firm knowledge of quantum mechanics, and the ability to apply it to understand magnetic and electronic properties of promising new materials. The individual will present and report research results in addition to publishing scientific results in peer-reviewed journals in a timely manner.

The successful candidate will conduct both independent and collaborative research. The individual must be self-motivated and possess the ability to work on multiple tasks in a limited amount of time both independently and with team members. The successful candidate must possess strong verbal and written communication skills in order to collaborate effectively within a team environment.

Required Minimum Qualifications:

  • Ph.D. completed prior to start date.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Ph.D. in Theoretical Condensed Matter Physics or closely related field.

  • Demonstrated experience in analytical modeling of electronic and magnetic properties.

  • Demonstrated experience with ab initio methods, experience in methods beyond density functional theory.

  • Demonstrated publication record.

Department/Program & College Description:

Department Unit/Website:

Proposed Start Date:January 4, 2021

Proposed End Date or Length of Term:January 3, 2022

Number of Months Employed Per Year:12 Month Work Period

Time Type:Full time

Pay Grade:Post Docs

Application Instructions:

To apply for this position, please click on “Apply” and complete the Employment Application. Please be prepared to enter or attach the following:

1) Resume/Curriculum Vitae

2) Letter of Application/Cover Letter

3) Contact Information for Three References

The candidate selected for hire may be requested to provide documentation to verify highest degree completed.

If you have questions regarding this application process, please email or call 515-294-4800 or Toll Free: 1-877-477-7485.

Original Posting Date:October 21, 2020

Posting Close Date:November 23, 2020

Job Requisition Number:R3456

Iowa State University is classified as a Carnegie Foundation Doctoral/Research University-Extensive, a member of the Association of American Universities (AAU), and ranked by U.S. News and World Report as one of the top public universities in the nation. More than 30,000 students are enrolled and are served by over 6,200 faculty and staff.

Iowa State University is a global and culturally diverse university committed to providing an inclusive, equitable, and diverse environment for both learning and employment. We know that diversity in experience and perspective is vital to advancing innovation, critical thinking, solving complex problems, and building an inclusive academic community. At Iowa State, we translate these values into action by seeking individuals who have experience working with diverse students, colleagues, and constituents. The university has an expectation that all employees will demonstrate a contribution to diversity and inclusion as embodied in Iowa State University’s Principles of Community.

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