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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.

The Division of Materials Science and Engineering with Iowa State University at the Ames National Laboratory is searching for 2-3 qualified Postdoctoral Research Associates to join a research team led by Prof. Rebecca Flint, and including Prof. Cai-Zhuang Wang and Dr. Liqin Ke, that is exploring how magnetic anisotropy can be tuned by the valence in rare earth materials. The team will use a combination of analytical many body techniques on realistic Anderson models and ab initio studies of rare earth materials.

Candidates should have experience with one or more of many body quantum field theory techniques, theory of rare earth magnetism, and ab initio calculations for correlated materials, e.g., density-functional theory (DFT), DFT+DMFT, or Gutzwiller wavefunction based approaches. The candidates should also have a strong interest (although not necessarily experience) in collaborative team work combining analytical, computational and experimental studies.

Required Minimum Qualifications:

Ph.D. in condensed matter theory must be completed prior to start date.

Preferred Qualifications:

Research experience in one or more of: analytical many body techniques; ab initio calculations for correlated materials; computational algorithm and code development and/or machine learning.

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Proposed Start Date:November 1, 2022

Proposed End Date or Length of Term:October 31, 2023

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: September 19, 2022

Posting Close Date:October 19, 2022

Job Requisition Number:R9656