Postdoctoral Research Associate, Physics

Winston Salem, NC
Aug 18, 2017
Position Type
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
Postdoctoral Research Associate, Physics

*Applications should include (1) a cover letter addressing the list of required/desired experiences and the earliest possible start date, (2) a complete CV, and (3) the names and contact information for at least three references. These application materials should be uploaded as ONE pdf file. The submission of an online application for Wake Forest University is required for this position.*

Summary: The Postdoctoral Research Associate, in Computational Electronic Structure Theory, focuses on improving the description of van der Waals forces in density functional theory. A new van der Waals including density functional will be developed by analyzing and combining two different design philosophies within non-local density functional theory. This is a 2.5-year postdoctoral position in the Materials Simulation Group ( funded by the US National Science Foundation and is offered as a one-year contract, renewable for one year and possibly longer, pending NSF approval.

Essential Functions:

  • Derives mathematical framework for non-local density functional.
  • Programs the developed framework into PWscf.
  • Designs and conducts computational research projects.
  • Maintains accurate and complete records of research.
  • Collects and analyzes data.
  • Effectively communicates results.
  • Writes and publishes papers.
  • Maintains a clean and safe work environment.

Required Education, Knowledge, Skills, Abilities:

  • PhD degree in physics, chemistry, materials science, or a closely related field.
  • Experience and thorough understanding of density functional theory and modern electronic-structure theory.
  • Extensive experience with PWscf and/or VASP, programming in FORTRAN, and advanced mathematical skills.
  • High proficiency with UNIX/LINUX.
  • Ability to communicate effectively (verbally and in writing).
  • Ability to work individually or collaboratively as part of a team.
  • Ability to provide a research environment that is conducive to learning.


  • Responsible for own work.

Note: This position profile identifies the key responsibilities and expectations for performance. It cannot encompass all specific job tasks that an employee may be required to perform. Employees are required to follow any other job-related instructions and perform job-related duties as may be reasonably assigned by his/her supervisor.

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Winston-Salem, North Carolina, United States