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Postdoctoral position: Materials Genome project between Missouri S&T and Northwestern

The computational condensed matter physics and materials science group led by Dr. Julia E. Medvedeva at the Physics Department of Missouri University of Science and Technology is seeking an outstanding candidate for a postdoctoral position to work within a collaborative materials genome project between Missouri S&T and Northwestern University. The project is funded by NSF-DMREF program (Synthesis, Characterization, and Modeling of Complex Amorphous Semiconductors for Future Device Applications).

The successful candidate will work on multi-scale simulations of complex amorphous oxide and chalcogenide semiconductors and first-principle investigations of the structural, electronic, optical, and mechanical properties of the disordered materials. In addition, activities may involve code development, data analysis, and data management. Active collaborations with other members of the research team (both theorists and experimentalists) will be encouraged and expected.

Applicants with strong self-motivation, work ethics, and demonstrated experience in computational condensed matter physics and materials science will be given first preference. Experience in simulations, modeling, and calculations (classical or ab-initio molecular dynamics and density functional theory) is mandatory. The successful candidate will be expected to work independently to structure tasks to meet project goals and communicate with other team members involved in the multidisciplinary project; mentor undergraduate students; author quality publications; and report results at national and international conferences. The position is open for an initial period of one year with a possibility for an extension for additional three years, contingent on successful annual reviews.

For consideration, applicants should demonstrate the following qualifications: (i) a PhD degree in physics or materials science with a focus on computational studies; (ii) knowledge of computational approaches for massively-parallel supercomputers and interest in programming; and (iii) self-motivation and ability to work and strive in the interdisciplinary research team. If you meet the above requirements and are interested in this position, please provide by email ( a detailed resume (including academic history, list of publications and presentation, computational skills), a short personal statement describing how your scientific and research interests and background make you a good fit, and contact information for three references in support of your application. The expected start date is January 1, 2018. Review of the applications will begin immediately.


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