Post-Doctoral Research Associate - Department of Physics

University of Tennessee

Job Description

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



Post-Doctoral Research Associate - Department of Physics

NSF MRSEC Center for Advanced Materials & Manufacturing

 Post Doctoral Fellowships (2 in theory/computation - Hiring Multiple Positions) 

Artificial Intelligence for Quantum Materials


The University of Tennessee, Knoxville was recently awarded a NSF Materials Research Science and Engineering Center: The Center for Advanced Materials and Manufacturing (CAMM).  CAMM is seeking two highly collaborative scientists for prestigious postdoctoral fellowships available to work as part of a new interdisciplinary center at the interface of quantum materials and artificial intelligence.


The successful candidates will be responsible for developing AI-assisted theoretical/computational modelings. They will collaborate with faculty, postdoctoral associates, and students from various disciplines including Physics, Materials Science, Chemistry, Mathematics, and Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. The research will involve feedback loops between theory and experiments, evaluating quantum materials growth and spectroscopy techniques such as neutron scattering, photoemission, and microscopy.





​​Desired Qualifications:

        PhD in Physics, Materials Science, Chemistry, Computer Science or other discipline related to development of Artificial Intelligence.

        A strong publication and research record is desired.

        Research experience in Artificial Intelligence for Quantum Systems/Materials. Additional research experience in areas that support the center’s Artificial Intelligence mission including, but not limited to:

-          Neural network simulation of strongly correlated systems.

-          Automation, active and reinforcement learning

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

-          Computational modeling of experiments, such as transport, neutron scattering, and scanning probe microscopy.

-          Expertise in one of the following methods: DFT, ED, MC/QMC, quantum cluster method, DMRG, or two-dimensional tensor network.


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.


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 August 1st, 2023, and will continue until the position is filled. For further information about this position, please contact Prof. Adrian Del Maestro (Adrian.DelMaestro@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, 2:37:47 PM 

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