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Postdoctoral Fellow, Physics and Engineering Physics

Tulane University
New Orleans, LA

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Postdoctoral Fellow, Physics and Engineering Physics

New Orleans, LA
Open Date:
Aug 1, 2022

Postdoc positions are available in the Materials Theory and Computation (MaTComp) group at Tulane University (New Orleans, LA) under the direction of Prof. Jianwei Sun. The research will focus on density functional theory (DFT) development. Three major directions are: 1) meta-generalized gradient approximations, 2) local hybrid density functionals to treat self-interaction error and strong correlation with a computational efficiency similar to popular hybrid density functionals, 3) calculating/visualizing/modelling the exchange correlation hole for challenging systems that undergird density functional approximations and using the understanding to develop nonlocal density functionals. Additionally, the researcher will apply cutting edge density functionals to solve material problems in the sustainable energy economy and quantum information technology where self-interaction correction is critical.




Applicants must have (or have recently completed) a Ph.D. in physics, chemistry, materials science, or related field. Additionally, the ideal candidate will:

  • Show experience in developing new theoretical methods in electronic structure theory, with density functional methods preferred.
  • Possess knowledge of computational chemistry/condensed matter physics software packages, e.g. VASP, Turbomole, Gaussian, etc.
  • Be able to demonstrate strong skills in implementing new electronic structure theories into existing software.
  • Possess ability to mentor and work collaboratively with graduate and undergraduate research students.


Application Instructions:

If you are interested in the position, please upload the necessary documentation on this platform for this position.

You may also send your CV and preferably a 2-page research statement (using title: DFT postdoc application) to Prof. Jianwei Sun: [email protected] or [email protected].

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement:

Please Note: Tulane University has officially adopted a mandatory COVID-19 vaccination policy. All employees and visiting faculty must be fully vaccinated with a COVID-19 vaccination or obtain approval for a medical or religious exemption prior to beginning employment.

Tulane University is located in New Orleans - a city with tremendous history of diverse cultures, community, and languages. Tulane is actively building a campus culture grounded in our values of EDI and anti-racism. We seek and welcome candidate applications from historically underrepresented groups, such as BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color), women, LGBTQ+, and those living with disabilities as well as veterans. 

Tulane University is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action institution committed to excellence through diversity. Tulane University will not discriminate based upon race, ethnicity, color, sex, religion, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, pregnancy, marital status, military or veteran status, or any other status or classification protected by federal, state, or local law. All eligible candidates are encouraged to apply.

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