Postdoctoral Research Associate in Theory of Ultrafast Dynamics in Quantum Materials

What You Will Do

The Group of Condensed Matter and Complex Systems in the Theoretical Division of Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) has an immediate opening of a postdoctoral position in the area of theoretical simulation and modeling of laser driven ultrafast dynamics in two-dimensional van der Waals quantum materials. The opened position provides an opportunity to study the nonlinear optical response of a material and unravel the coupling between spin/charge orders and its structural, orbital, and topological states. The position will focus on using the time-dependent first-principles theory and ab initio derived modeling to calculate time-resolved optical conductivity, high-harmonic generation, and dynamic spectral function. It will involve working closely with experimentalists on optical control of emerging magnetic and optical properties.

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:

The successful candidate must have a strong skill, with an excellent scientific record of publications, in computational condensed matter physics. Demonstrated experience with using time-dependent real-time density functional theory (RT-TDDFT) codes to calculate dynamical properties such as high harmonic generation is required. The ability to work creatively and independently, as a part of a diverse team, is important. Strong written and oral communication skills are essential.

Education: Candidates must have a Ph.D. in Physics, Chemistry, and Materials Science (completed within the last 5 years).

Desired Qualifications:

Knowledge of the two-dimensional van der Waals materials; Experience with RT-TDDFT enabled all-electron DFT codes such as ELK.

Work Location: The work location for this position is onsite and located in Los Alamos, NM. This position will be physically located in TA-3, Bldg. 524

Note to Applicants:

Please apply for these positions online, and also send a resume, publication list, research interests, a brief statement of future plans and the names of three references to Dr. Jian-Xin Zhu ( These positions have an initial appointment of two years. Additional information on salary ranges and other benefits can be found online at

Candidates may be considered for a Director's Fellowship and outstanding candidates may be considered for the prestigious Darleane Hoffman, Richard P. Feynman, or J. Robert Oppenheimer Fellowships. For general information refer to the Postdoctoral Program webpage.
Where You Will Work

Located in beautiful northern New Mexico, Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) is a multidisciplinary research institution engaged in strategic science on behalf of national security. Our generous benefits package includes:

§ PPO or High Deductible medical insurance with the same large nationwide network

§ Dental and vision insurance

§ Free basic life and disability insurance

§ Paid childbirth and parental leave

§ Award-winning 401(k) (6% matching plus 3.5% annually)

§ Learning opportunities and tuition assistance

§ Flexible schedules and time off (PTO and holidays)

§ Onsite gyms and wellness programs

§ Extensive relocation packages (outside a 50 mile radius)
Additional Details

Directive 206.2 - Employment with Triad requires a favorable decision by NNSA indicating employee is suitable under NNSA Supplemental Directive 206.2. Please note that this requirement applies only to citizens of the United States. Foreign nationals are subject to a similar requirement under DOE Order 142.3A.

No Clearance: Position does not require a security clearance. Selected candidates will be subject to drug testing and other pre-employment background checks.

New-Employment Drug Test: The Laboratory requires successful applicants to complete a new-employment drug test and maintains a substance abuse policy that includes random drug testing. Although New Mexico and other states have legalized the use of marijuana, use and possession of marijuana remain illegal under federal law. A positive drug test for marijuana will result in termination of employment, even if the use was pre-offer.

Equal Opportunity: Los Alamos National Laboratory is an equal opportunity employer and supports a diverse and inclusive workforce. All employment practices are based on qualification and merit, without regard to race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, age, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation or preference, marital status or spousal affiliation, physical or mental disability, medical conditions, pregnancy, status as a protected veteran, genetic information, or citizenship within the limits imposed by federal laws and regulations. The Laboratory is also committed to making our workplace accessible to individuals with disabilities and will provide reasonable accommodations, upon request, for individuals to participate in the application and hiring process. To request such an accommodation, please send an email to or call 1-505-665-4444 option 1.