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Post-Doctoral Research Associate - Experimental Condensed Matter Physics

The University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Knoxville, TN

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Post-Doctoral Research Associate

Experimental Condensed Matter Physics

The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN, United States

Description: Applications are invited for a postdoctoral research associate at the Department of Physics, University of Tennessee (UTK) and the Joint Institute for Advanced Material (JIAM) – a joint venture with Oak Ridge National Laboratory. The successful applicant will carry out interdisciplinary materials research that touches on a wide range of topics such as correlated electron systems, topological states, frustrated magnetism, multiferroics and superconductivity. One of the focuses of his/her research will be on ultralow temperature transport measurements on materials and devices for various emergent quantum states. The successful applicant will develop and establish a novel methodology that probes exotic collective excitations through interface engineering. The successful applicant will also gain exposure to synthesis techniques, such as single crystal growth and epitaxial deposition. Research will be performed at the UTK campus and national facilities, such as synchrotrons and high magnetic field laboratory.


The applicant should have a PhD in physics or in related fields. Prior experience with one or several of the above techniques and topics is desired. Experience with programming software, such as Labview and MATLAB, will also be a plus. The applicant should possess excellent written and oral communication skills, and should be strongly self-motivated and eager to learn and work with others in the highly collaborative research environment.

UT’s Department of Physics & Astronomy has an exemplary research record, with seven professors earning NSF CAREER awards in the past eight years, eight professors recently cited among the world’s top two percent of physicists (based on citations), and Professor Geoff Greene honored with the prestigious Bonner Prize in 2020. The University of Tennessee is a thriving research community located near Oak Ridge National Laboratory, with whom UT shares five joint institutes. Situated in the Tennessee Valley, the University is on the doorstep of the Smoky Mountains National Park.

Further information regarding this position can be obtained by contacting Prof. Jian Liu at [email protected] and Prof. Haidong Zhou at [email protected].

Job: Research Professional
Primary Location: US-Tennessee-knoxville
Organization: Physics
Schedule: Full-time
Job Posting: Feb 17, 2023, 8:24:42 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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