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Post-Doctoral Research Associate - Department of Physics

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Post-Doctoral Research Associate - Department of Physics - 23000001QR 


Post-Doctoral Research Associate - Department of Physics

NSF MRSEC Center for Advanced Materials & Manufacturing

 Post Doctoral Fellowship

Experimental Quantum Materials Research


The Center for Advanced Materials and Manufacturing (CAMM) at the University of Tennessee is seeking a Postdoctoral Research Associate who can work at the interface of experimental Condensed Matter Physics, Materials Science, and Artificial Intelligence (AI). CAMM is a newly funded NSF Materials Research Science and Engineering Research Center (MRSEC) that focusses on two major initiatives: using AI to tame the complexity of quantum materials, and building new materials that can operate in extreme conditions.


The successful candidate will be responsible for implementing AI-assisted methodologies in epitaxial thin film synthesis and data analysis of topological and/or superconducting quantum materials. Opportunities exist to broaden their professional portfolio with in-situ scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) and (angle-resolved) photoemission experiments, and ex-situ physical property measurements. They will have the opportunity to collaborate with faculty, postdoctoral associates, and students from various disciplines including Physics, Materials Science, Chemistry, Mathematics, and Electrical Engineering and Computer Science.




Desired Qualifications:

        PhD required, preferably in Physics or a related discipline.

        A strong publication and research record.

       Extensive research experience in molecular beam epitaxy. Additional expertise in scanning tunneling microscopy, photoemission,         transport and/or magnetometry is desirable.

      Strong communication skills and a demonstrated ability to work in a collaborative team environment.

        Additional research experience in areas that support the center’s Artificial Intelligence mission including, but not limited to:

    •        Automation, active and reinforcement learning.
    •        Material informatics and data-driven approaches for materials discovery and device design, including machine learning methods.

Candidates with experience in more than one discipline, or interest in collaboration across these disciplines, are preferred. However, candidates who can define a unique research area are also encouraged to apply.


Salary will be determined commensurate with experience. Benefits will be typical of those of exempt employees at the University of Tennessee.  Some funds are available to outfit computational resources and a travel budget is also available.

Applicants should provide: (1) A CV, including a publication list; (2) A statement of research interests and accomplishments; and (3) A minimum of two letters of recommendation. Review of applications will begin on Aug. 1st, 2023, and will continue until the position is filled. For further information about this position, please contact Prof. Hanno H. Weitering (hanno@utk.edu ). 


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 and University. The latter should be demonstrated in the candidate’s Statement of Equity and Inclusion.


The University’s campus is located in one of the most beautiful areas of the country, with easy access to miles of inland waterways, pristine state and national parks, diverse cultural opportunities, and a blend of convenient urban and rural living settings. Downtown Knoxville, adjacent to campus, is a thriving neighborhood filled with restaurants, shops, and indoor and outdoor entertainment venues, and is home to the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra, the Knoxville Opera Company, annual international festivals, such as the Big Ears Music Festival, and seasonal and weekly events such as Jazz on the Square, Shakespeare on the Square, and the Farmers Market.


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.


  Research Professional 
Primary Location
Campus/Institute  Knoxville 
Job Posting
  Aug 14, 2023, 11:23:58 AM 

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