Post-Doctoral Research Associate (Two Positions) Physics

The University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Knoxville, TN

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The Theoretical Condensed Matter Physics group at the University of Tennessee is seeking candidates for two postdoctoral positions in the area of computational quantum materials simulations. These positions are part of a large-scale team effort to develop and apply methods in Artificial Intelligence and Data Science for modeling collective excitations in strongly correlated quantum materials. The successful candidates will have the opportunity to interact with a large team of faculty members, scientists, and students from the University of Tennessee, San Jose State University, the University of California, Davis, and Brookhaven, Los Alamos, and Oak Ridge National Laboratories.


Ph.D. required with completion date no later than May 2022. 

Demonstrated research experience in one or more of the following areas is highly desirable: using numerical methods for solving interacting quantum systems (examples include but are not limited to auxiliary field or path integral quantum Monte Carlo (QMC) methods, hybrid Monte Carlo (HMC) methods, embedded cluster methods like DCA, density matrix renormalization group); methods in AI, ML, and data science; and modeling strongly correlated systems, broadly defined. Substantial programming experience and algorithm development will be a significant asset.

Please provide a curriculum vitae with a complete publication list and a brief (two-page) statement of research experience and interests.  Screening of applicants will begin immediately and continue until the positions are filled.

The Department has an exemplary research record, with seven professors earning NSF CAREER awards in the past eight years, eight professors among the world’s top two percent of physicists based on citation count, the award of the prestigious American Physical Society 2021 Bonner Prize, eleven APS Fellows, and three AAAS Fellows. The University of Tennessee, Knoxville is Tennessee’s flagship state research institution, a campus of choice for outstanding undergraduates and a premier graduate institution with a number of nationally and internationally ranked programs and with national and international leadership in numerous fields.

The Department respects and values people of all races, genders, creeds, cultures, and sexual orientations, and holds a deep commitment toward developing and promoting an inclusive community. We strongly encourage applications from members of groups that are underrepresented in STEM fields, as well as candidates who will contribute in meaningful ways to the equity and inclusion goals of the Department. The latter should be demonstrated in the candidate’s Statement of Equity and Inclusion.

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Inquiries regarding this position can be made to Dr. Steve Johnston at [email protected] .

The University of Tennessee is an EEO/AA/Title VI/Title IX/Section 504/ADA/ADEA institution in the provision of its education and employment programs and services. All qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, pregnancy, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, physical or mental disability, or covered veteran status.

Job: Research Professional
Primary Location: US-Tennessee-knoxville
Organization: Physics
Schedule: Full-time
Job Posting: Oct 4, 2021, 7:18:24 AM


Working at The University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Founded in 1794, the University of Tennessee is one of the nation’s oldest and most storied public universities. Based in Knoxville, Tennessee’s flagship land-grant institution includes the statewide Institute of Agriculture and the Space Institute in Tullahoma. The university embodies excellence in teaching, discovery, scholarship, research, creative activity, outreach, and engagement. Known as the Volunteers, we lead with a spirit of selflessness, empathy, and courage, and strive to be champions for diversity, equity, and inclusion

UT Knoxville is a Research 1 university with 11 academic colleges and more than 900 programs of study. With an enrollment of more than 30,000 students, our academic programs are repeatedly ranked top in their class. The university co-manages Oak Ridge National Laboratory, the country’s most prominent national lab, driving innovation in advanced manufacturing and materials, national security, and more. We are closely connected with our communities through outreach and extension efforts across Tennessee and through partnerships with non-profits, corporations, and industries—regionally, nationally, and around the globe.

The city of Knoxville is nestled in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains. The modern, thriving community is surrounded by gorgeous lakes and hundreds of miles of walking, hiking, and biking trails. Situated along the banks of the Tennessee River, our beautiful features an eclectic music scene, internationally recognized festivals, unique restaurants, and a robust offering of diverse cultural activities. Knoxville is located within a day’s drive of Atlanta, Nashville, Asheville, Charlotte, Louisville, Cincinnati, Memphis, Chicago, and Washington D.C.

Knoxville and the surrounding counties have a population of more than 850,000 people. The region houses many leading corporations and organizations, including Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Pilot/Flying J, the Tennessee Valley Authority, and Regal Cinemas, along with HGTV, Food Network, and other networks owned by Discovery Inc.

As a member of the UT family, you will be surrounded by top-notch faculty, staff, and students from around the world. You will be part of a diverse campus community that is passionate about changing the world and cheering for the Vols on game day.

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