Research Associate

Jonesboro, AR
Sep 26, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Chemistry and Physics

Proposed Salary Range
Commensurate with Experience

Closing: 10/26/17

Type of Employment: Staff

Employment Status: Full time (29-40 Hrs)

Location: ASU-Jonesboro

Position Summary:

A fixed-term position for a Postdoctoral Associate focuses on first-principles electronic-structure simulations of materials for optoelectronic applications with an emphasis on semiconductors and insulators for radiation detection.

Duties & Responsibilities:

The Research Associate will be involved in collaborative efforts towards design and optimization of materials (halides and oxides) for optoelectronic applications.

The work will involve density functional theory (DFT) and beyond-DFT techniques to screen, characterize, and optimize materials and their electronic properties for suitable applications.


Candidates with a strong background and experience in electronic structure methods (DFT, TDDFT, GW or BSE approaches) as well as programming experience are encouraged to apply.

General Days/Hours:

8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Additional hours as requested or needed


The work will involve the study of complex halides, hybrid halides, oxides, and chalcogenides. These materials have generated interest in radiation detection devices as semiconductors or scintillators and also in optoelectronics.

Interest in a variety of materials and experience in bulk, nano-structures and surfaces/interfaces is therefore desired.

Experience with point defects will be advantageous.

Interested applicants should submit PDF attachments of: (1) a cover letter addressing experience & accomplishments in light of the above requirements, and (2) detailed CV with names and contact information of three references.

Minimum Qualifications:

A PhD in Physics or closely related field is required.

Experience with first-principles density-functional methods and electronic-structure theory is also required, as is proficiency with LINUX and FORTRAN.

Experience with VASP, PWscf and similar codes, defects, and alloys are desirable.

Arkansas State University is a public, multi-campus higher education system with enrollment in excess of 22,000 students. Approximately 14,000 students attend the Jonesboro campus where the student body is diverse. The campus has a renewed focus on international student recruitment and capital campaign development. Jonesboro has a population of approximately 67,000 and is located 70 miles northwest of Memphis (

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