Theory Postdoctoral Research Associate in Strongly Correlated Electronic Materials | Los Alamos, NM | Los Alamos National Laboratory

Theory Postdoctoral Research Associate in Strongly Correlated Electronic 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 postdoctoral positions in the area of theoretical modeling and simulation of strongly correlated electronic materials. The opened positions provide an opportunity to pursue transport, thermodynamical, and magnetic and other emergent properties in f-electron materials. One position will focus on using the first-principles many-body approaches to calculating the static and dynamical correlation functions, thermodynamical and transport properties. The other position will focus on building and solving low-energy models from band structure calculations of real materials. Both will involve working closely with experimentalists on elucidating the f-electron heavy fermion physics and other emergent properties.

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:

The successful candidate must have a strong skill, with an excellent scientific record of publications, in computational strongly correlated electronic materials and systems. Experience with dynamical property calculations in either first-principles-based many-body perturbation theory (e.g., RPA, GW, LDA+DMFT) or non-perturbative many-body modeling techniques 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:

Experience with Wien2k or other all-electron DFT methods; QMC or exact diagonalization method for modeling.

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

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 (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.
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.
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