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Iowa State University Postdoctoral Research Associate - Ames National Laboratory in Ames, Iowa

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Position Title:Postdoctoral Research Associate - Ames National Laboratory

Appointment Type:Post Doc/Trainee

Job Description:Summary of Duties and Responsibilities:

Would you like to work for a National Laboratory that conducts world-renowned research? Would you enjoy working on a diverse, beautiful, university campus? Can you imagine yourself in a mid-sized location that regularly ranks as one of the U.S. Best Places to Live ( ? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you should consider a career with Ames Laboratory!

Ames Laboratory is a U.S. Department of Energy federally contracted National Laboratory located in Ames, Iowa, on the campus of Iowa State University. We are dedicated to translating foundational science through applied research to create technological innovations. We create materials, inspire minds to solve problems, and address some of the most challenging issues facing our world today. We promote and believe in a culture of diversity, equity, inclusion, civility, and shared ownership in support of the Laboratory's collective success. We offer an exceptional benefits package including:

  • Medical, dental and vision insurance, Wellbeing program, Employee Assistance Program;

  • Retirement benefits including defined benefit or defined contribution plans;

  • Generous vacation, holiday and sick time and leave plans;

  • Onsite childcare;

  • Life insurance and long-term disability;

  • Flexible Spending Accounts.

The Division of Materials Science and Engineering at the Ames National Laboratory, is seeking one qualified Postdoctoral Research associate to perform research in the area of strongly correlated quantum materials simulations using classical and quantum computing approaches. The work will be performed as part of a research team led by Y. Yao. This position is jointly funded by DOE-sponsored Center for Computational Design of Functional Strongly Correlated Materials and Theoretical Spectroscopy, and Co-design center for Quantum Advantage.

The successful candidate will have excellent verbal and written communication skills, and will be able to communicate effectively to a wide variety of audiences. The individual must be able to work effectively with team members.

(To meet the requirements of the Department of Energy's COVID-19 Workplace Safety and Reentry Framework, Ames Laboratory is implementing a vaccine attestation program when the COVID-19 community level is medium or high, as determined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). When the community level is medium or high, upon hire, all new employees must attest to their COVID-19 vaccination status, and those who are not fully vaccinated or who decline to report their status will undergo recurring COVID-19 testing. The Lab’s COVID Recovery team will monitor the COVID-19 community status level on a weekly basis and will communicate that status.)

Required Minimum Qualifications:

Ph.D. must be completed prior to start date.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Ph. D. in condensed matter physics, computational physics, materials science, quantum chemistry or related areas.

  • Experience in condensed matter theory of correlated materials.

  • Knowledge of analytical and/or computational many-body techniques suitable for correlated materials, such as quantum embedding approaches represented by DMFT.

  • Research experience in the field of strongly correlated materials.

  • Programming experience in Python, Fortran90+, C/C++ and/or any of the quantum programming languages.

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Proposed Start Date:January 2, 2023

Proposed End Date or Length of Term:January 1, 2024

Number of Months Employed Per Year:12 Month Work Period

Time Type:Full time

Application Instructions:

To apply for this position, please click on “Apply” and complete the Employment Application. Please be prepared to enter or attach the following:1) Resume/Curriculum Vitae2) Letter of Application/Cover Letter3) Contact Information for Three ReferencesIf you have questions regarding this application process, please email or call 515-294-4800 or Toll Free: 1-877-477-7485.Why Choose ISU?Iowa State University is committed to fostering a workplace of belonging, where diversity is celebrated and equity is a core value. Our Iowa State Postdocs enjoy comprehensive health and work life benefits, including medical and dental; as well as:• Retirement benefits including defined benefit and defined contribution plans;• Generous vacation, holiday, and sick time and leave plans;• Onsite childcare (Ames, Iowa);• Flexible Spending Accounts;• Various voluntary benefits and discounts• Employee Assistance Program;• Wellbeing Program.

Original Posting Date: July 27, 2022

Posting Close Date:August 28, 2022

Job Requisition Number:R9227