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Post Doc Research Fellow - Physics & Astrophysics

University of North Dakota
Grand Forks, ND

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Position Information: DescriptionThe Department of Physics and Astrophysics is seeking a 12-month, post-doctoral research fellow to conduct research on “thermoelectric and tribological properties of two-dimensional materials”. The initial appointment will be for one year and is full time and benefitted, with potential for renewal for a second year, pending annual review of performance and continued availability of funding.

Duties & Responsibilities
    Conduct research on thermoelectric and tribological properties of materialsDraft manuscripts for publication and proposals for external grantsMaintain instruments and lab equipment and environmentHelp training graduate and undergraduate students
Required Competencies
    Highly self-motivated and enthusiastic in researchCapable of working independentlyGood oral and written communication skillsEffective interpersonal skills, including the ability to collaborate effectively with faculty, staff, and studentsAbility to mentor junior team members
Minimum Requirements
    Ph.D. in physics, materials science, or a related fieldA record of peer-reviewed publications on thermoelectric and/or tribology
  • Successful completion of criminal history records check.

In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the US and to complete the required employment eligibility verification form upon hire.  Successful candidate will be required to provide an official transcript from their highest educational institution prior to start date.  

Preferred Qualifications
    Experience in synthesis and characterization of thermoelectric materials and/or tribology related materialsResearch experience using programs such as VASP, Boltztrap, ShengBTE etc.Familiarity with programming (such as Python)
Minimum Hiring Salary$44,000 - $45,000 annual, exempt, full-time, benefitted.

Work Schedule/Start DateAnticipated start date of May 1, 2022 

To ApplyFor full consideration, applications must be received by April 10, 2022 and include the following materials:

    Cover letter Curriculum Vitae Contact information for 2 references
Position is open until filled. Please refer any questions about this position to Dr. Deniz Cakir at [email protected] and Dr. Nuri Oncel at [email protected].

Additional Information

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All information listed in this position announcement will be used by Human Resources, the Hiring Department, and EO/Title IX for screening, interviewing and selection purposes.

Confidentiality of Application Materials

Pursuant to NDCC 44-04-18.27, applications and any records related to the applications that identify an applicant are confidential, except records related to the finalists of the position, which are open to the public after the search committee has identified the top three or more finalists who will be invited to campus.

EEO Statement

The University of North Dakota is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or other protected characteristic. Women, minorities, veterans, individuals with disabilities, and members of other underrepresented groups are especially encouraged to apply. Applicants are invited to provide information regarding their gender, race and/or ethnicity, veteran’s status and disability status as part of the application process. This information will remain confidential and separate from your application.

Veteran’s Preference

Veterans claiming preference must submit all proof of eligibility by the closing date. Proof of eligibility includes a DD-214 or NGB 22 and if claiming disabled status, a current letter of disability from the VA dated within the last 12 months.

Clery Statement

In compliance with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, the University of North Dakota publishes an Annual Security and Fire Safety Report. The report includes the university’s policies, procedures, and programs concerning safety and security, as well as three years of crime statistics for our campus. As a prospective employee, you are entitled to a copy of this report. The report and statistical data can be found online at You may also request a paper copy of the report from the UND Police Department located at 3851 Campus Road, Grand Forks, ND, 58202.

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