We are seeking an early career condensed matter theorist with a strong background in quantum field theory and topological quantum behavior in materials. Initially, the primary focus will be developing theories for quantum materials especially quantum spin liquids, metallized quantum magnets, and topological quantum states. In this role, you will work in close collaboration with other researchers in experiments, computations, and theory involved in Basic Energy Sciences (BES) funded projects.
This position resides in Quantum Materials Initiative the Materials Science and Technology (MSTD) Division, Physical Sciences Directorate (PSD) at Oak Ridge National Laboratory.
The Quantum Materials Initiative is directed to undertake transformational research on quantum materials at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. It is a cross cutting initiative that combines materials research with high performance computing, quantum information and computing, neutron scattering, and nanophase science to advance the understanding and application of quantum properties of materials to DOE grand challenges. Primary research interests are focused on quantum magnetics, topological quantum materials, quantum engineering and control, advanced synthesis, and development of new experimental capabilities. A key part of this is creating a team of theoretical and computational physicists that develop predictions and understanding of quantum behavior in materials, their modeling, and interpretation of experimental data. Understanding new quantum states of matter and realizating these is of great importance and arrays of techniques for experimentally studying new quantum states are in place. This research program takes advantage of resources at ORNL and in particular at the Oak Ridge Leadership Computing Facility (OLCF), Center for Nanophase Materials Sciences (CNMS) and neutron scattering at the Spallation Neutron Source (SNS) as well as national user facilities such as synchrotron light sources. The environment at ORNL is highly collaborative and crosscutting research exists between MSTD and other Divisions at ORNL.
Perform calculations of emergent quantum behavior in condensed matter systems
Perform calculations of experimental observables including transport and neutron scattering
Collaborate with ORNL postdocs and staff who are involved in prediction of new quantum materials and experiments to give theoretical guidance and interpretation of results
Participate in the formulation of research strategies and collaborate with broad range of quantum materials researchers, computer scientists, and quantum information scientists
Participate in the development of new research directions and proposals for funding
Present and report research results at scientific meetings and publish scientific results in peer-reviewed journals in a timely manner
Ensure compliance with environment, safety, health, and quality program requirements.
Maintain strong commitment to the implementation and perpetuation of values and ethics
Qualifications Required:Basic Qualifications:
A PhD in Theoretical Condensed Matter Physics or a related field
A minimum of two years of experience in quantum condensed matter physics
Strong background in quantum and topological field theory
Experience in analytical solutions to experimental observables in quantum systems.
Experience in working with experimentalists
An excellent track record of productive and creative research demonstrated by publications in peer-reviewed journals
Must be a self-starter, able to work independently and willing to participate creatively in a collaborative team effort.
Excellent written, oral, and interpersonal skills, as well as the ability to communicate in English to an international, scientific audience
Motivated and able to set priorities, multi-task, and adapt as the needs change.
Please provide a list of publications when applying for this position. Three letters of reference are required and can be uploaded to your profile or emailed directly to PSDrecruit@ornl.gov. Please include the title of the position and the NB number in the subject line.
ORNL is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants, including individuals with disabilities and protected veterans, are encouraged to apply.
Apply here: http://bit.ly/TheoPhys
About Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Oak Ridge National Laboratory is the US Department of Energy's largest multi-program science and energy laboratory, with scientific and technical capabilities spanning the continuum from basic to applied research. Located in the city of Oak Ridge, ORNL is in the eastern part of Tennessee in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains.
ORNL is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants, including individuals with disabilities and protected veterans are encouraged to apply. UT-Battelle is an E-Verify employer.
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