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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 post-doctoral research fellow in the area of computational condensed matter physics starting August 1, 2022. This position is full-time and benefitted; the appointment is for 18 months. The successful candidate will work in Dr. Cakir’s research group and contribute to ongoing research on the MAB phases (which are atomically laminated, ternary transition metal borides) using density functional theory simulations.

Duties & Responsibilities
    Conduct first-principal simulations to understand material properties of novel MAB phases and discover new materials with promising propertiesAssist Dr. Cakir in training graduate students in research and computational toolsMake significant contributions to both current and future research projects of Dr. Cakir’s group
Required Competencies
    Highly motivated with the ability to work independentlyStrong written and oral communication skillsPossess collaborative skills to work with experimentalists
Minimum Requirements
    A Ph.D. in the physical sciences (physics, chemistry, or materials)
  • 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.  This position does not support visa sponsorship for continued employment.  Successful candidate will be required to provide an official transcript from their highest educational institution prior to start date.  

Preferred Qualifications
    Experience with programming (such as Python)Expert knowledge and experience of first-principles calculations using DFT (VASP is highly preferred)Expert knowledge and experience in crystal structure prediction (via USPEX, CALYPSO or a similar software) and high-throughput calculationsExperience in electrochemistry (such as constructing Pourbaix diagrams) Experience in cluster expansion and in techniques to model chemically disordered structures such as Special Quasi Random Structure
Minimum Hiring Salary

$45,000 annual, Full-Time, Benefitted, Exempt

Work Schedule/Start Date

August 1, 2022 - February 1, 2024

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

    Cover letter explaining your research interests and experiencesCurriculum VitaeContact information for three references
Finalists may be asked to have their original graduate transcripts sent directly from the degree-granting institution.

The position is open until filled. For further questions, please contact Dr. Deniz Cakir via email 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

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