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Quantum Materials Postdoc

Company: Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Location: Berkeley
Posted on: January 8, 2022

Job Description:

Lawrence Berkeley National Lab's (LBNL) Materials Sciences Division has an opening for a Quantum Materials Postdoc to join the team. In this exciting role, you will focus on the description and design of quantum materials with applications to high-energy physics and quantum sensing using first-principles calculations. Quantum materials encompass those with exotic physical properties that have potential technological importance. A burgeoning area of quantum materials and information is sensing and detection where quantum phenomena are used to measure a physical property, such as in the detection of dark matter.
You will explore the understanding and manipulation of quantum materials for sensing and dark matter detection. It will include close collaboration with other theorists and with experimentalists, both in condensed matter and other fields, to design and characterize quantum materials and their interactions with dark matter models. This appointment is joined between the Molecular Foundry and the Materials Sciences Division in the group of Dr. Sin--ad M. Griffin. What You Will Do:

  • Perform research using theoretical/computational calculations to understand underlying mechanisms and structure-property relationships in quantum materials for dark matter detection.
  • Prepare results for publications (both oral and written) and contribute to group meetings and collaborative discussions.
  • Interact with other theorists and various experimental groups to progress work and initiate new research directions.
  • Present at national and international conferences and participate in professional activities.
  • Additional Responsibilities as needed:
  • Outreach activities and mentoring students.
  • Code maintenance. What is Required:
    • Ph.D. or equivalent degree in Physics, Materials Science, Chemistry or related Physical Sciences or Engineering discipline.
    • Expertise in first-principles techniques (e.g. DFT) or other equivalent theoretical/computational solid-state physics experience.
    • A working knowledge of high-energy physics and/or cosmology.
    • Demonstrated ability to collaborate with experimentalists. Desired Qualifications:
      • Well-developed written and oral skills.
      • Ability to work as part of a team and participate creatively in group discussions and collaborations..
      • Strong organizational skills and ability to manage competing priorities.
      • Knowledge of quasiparticle phenomena (such as phonons, magnons) and their calculation.
      • Programming/scripting and high-throughput computational screening are desirable.
      • Experience in constructing effective Hamiltonians of quantum materials. Notes:
        • This is a full-time 2 year postdoctoral appointment with the possibility of renewal based upon satisfactory job performance, continuing availability of funds and ongoing operational needs. You must have less than 4 years years of paid postdoctoral experience. Salary for Postdoctoral positions depends on years of experience post-degree.
        • This position is represented by a union for collective bargaining purposes.
        • Salary will be predetermined based on postdoctoral step rates.
        • This position may be subject to a background check. Any convictions will be evaluated to determine if they directly relate to the responsibilities and requirements of the position. Having a conviction history will not automatically disqualify an applicant from being considered for employment.
        • Work will be primarily performed at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, 1 Cyclotron Road, Berkeley, CA.
          Berkeley Lab is committed to Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Accountability (IDEA) and strives to continue building community with these shared values and commitments.

          Berkeley Lab is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer. We heartily welcome applications from women, minorities, veterans, and all who would contribute to the Lab's mission of leading scientific discovery, inclusion, and professionalism. In support of our diverse global community, all qualified applicants will be considered for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, or protected veteran status.

          Know your rights, click here for the supplement: "Equal Employment Opportunity is the Law" and the Pay Transparency Nondiscrimination Provision under 41 CFR 60-1.4. My Profile Create and manage profiles for future opportunities. Berkeley Lab is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer. We heartily welcome applications from women, minorities, veterans, and all who would contribute to the Lab's mission of leading scientific discovery, inclusion, and professionalism. In support of our diverse global community, all qualified applicants will be considered for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, or protected veteran status.
          The Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory provides accommodation to otherwise qualified internal and external applicants who are disabled or become disabled and need assistance with the application process. Internal and external applicants that need such assistance may contact the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory to request accommodation by telephone at 510-486-7635, by email to eeoaa@lbl.gov or by U.S. mail at EEO/AA Office, One Cyclotron Road, MS90R-2121, Berkeley, CA 94720. These methods of contact have been put in place ONLY to be used by those internal and external applicants requesting accommodation.

Keywords: Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Berkeley , Quantum Materials Postdoc, Other , Berkeley, California

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