Theory Postdoc in Quantum Metasurfaces | Los Alamos, NM | Los Alamos National Laboratory

Theory Postdoc in Quantum Metasurfaces

What You Will Do

The Group of Physics of Condensed Matter and Complex Systems in the Theoretical Division of Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) has an immediate postdoctoral position available for a talented and motivated researcher with a strong background in theoretical physics in one of the following areas: (i) quantum optics and photonics; (ii) metamaterials and metasurfaces; (iii) quantum electrodynamics; (iv) quantum sensing. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to engage with a dynamic, multidisciplinary theoretical and experimental research team that bridges fundamental and applied science.

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:

• Demonstrated ability to conduct independent research in theoretical physics or in areas requiring similar technical skills.

• Demonstrated ability to work harmoniously in a diverse multi-disciplinary team.

• Strong writing and communication skills, as evidenced by publications, cover letter, and interview.

Education/Experience: Ph.D. in theoretical physics or a related area completed within the last 5 years or to be completed soon.

Desired Qualifications:

In addition to the minimum requirements, the following qualifications are desired, and preference will be given to candidates satisfying at least one of them:
  • Knowledge of quantum optics and photonics theory.
  • Knowledge of theory of quantum sensing and metrology.
  • Experience in modeling metamaterials and metasurfaces.
  • Knowledge of commercially available simulation software (e.g., COMSOL, CST, Matlab, etc) for photonics.
  • An excellent track record of publications and experience presenting at conferences.
  • Willingness to work productively on multiple projects.

Location: This position will be located in Los Alamos, New Mexico.

COVID Vaccine:
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Note to Applicants:
Contact one of the project members about this position: Diego Dalvit ( or Wilton Kort-Kamp (

Please send a CV, publication list, a brief statement of research interests and future plans (maximum of one page), and the names of at least two references to start your application.

Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. The position has an initial appointment of 2 years, with a possible extension for a 3rd year depending on performance and availability of funds.

Candidates may be considered for a fellowship supported by the Center for Nonlinear Studies (CNLS). Outstanding candidates may be considered for a Director's Postdoc Fellowship or for the prestigious Richard P. Feynman, Darleane Christian Hoffman, J. Robert Oppenheimer, or Frederick Reines Distinguished Postdoc Fellowships.

Additional information on salary ranges and other benefits can be found online at .

For more information about the Postdoc Program, go to
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 (paid sick, vacation, and holidays)

§ Onsite gyms and wellness programs

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

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Position does not require a security clearance. Selected candidates will be subject to drug testing and other pre-employment background checks.
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