Postdoctoral Research Associate - Washington State University in Pullman Washington

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Washington State University

Pullman, Washington

United States

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Detailed Job Description

A Postdoctoral Research Associate position is available in computational condensed matter physics, with a focus on the study of dense hydrogen. This research will be performed under the direction of Dr. Jeffrey M. McMahon, in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Washington State University.

Hydrogen and helium are the most abundant elements in the Universe (they are the primary components of Jovian planets, for example). In terms of their electronic structure, they are also the most simple. However, in the condensed phase and under extreme conditions, they exhibit remarkable properties. Hydrogen, for example, is predicted to exhibit ordered quantum states, such as possibilities of a low- or zero-temperature quantum liquid and high-temperature superconductivity. For a full review, see J. M. McMahon et al., Rev. Mod. Phys. 84, 1607—1653 (2012).

The successful candidate is expected to develop and apply first-principles simulation methods to study dense hydrogen. Of particular interest is the high-pressure and low-temperature region of the phase diagram that is currently (or almost) accessible to experiments. Such conditions are close to where the aforementioned exotic effects are predicted to take place.

Required Qualifications

Candidates must have experience with the development and/or application of first-principles simulation methods (density functional theory, quantum Monte Carlo, etc.), computer programming (preferably in C++), and high-performance computing. Candidates must also have a Ph.D. in Physics or a related discipline, and an excellent research track record.

Monthly Salary

Commensurate with qualifications and experience

Additional Information

The College of Arts and Sciences:
We are the largest academic unit in the WSU system and a powerhouse of research, scholarly, and creative activity.

Comprised of social, natural, and physical sciences, humanities, mathematics, and the arts, the college’s foundational disciplines provide a strong framework for educational and research activities across the institution and fully support the University’s goal to advance knowledge through innovative scholarship and research.

We are united by the spirit of inquiry, dedicated to the pursuit of excellence, and strengthened by our service to the community.

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WSU is committed to excellence through diversity and faculty-friendly policy action, including partner accommodation and NSF ADVANCE Institutional Transformation programs (

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Employment Type:Post-Doc and Graduate Assistants
Degree Required: Doctorate
Experience: See Job Description
Level of Job: Post - Doctorate
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Type of School:Research University
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