Postdoctoral Associate in the Center for Molecular Magnetic Quantum Materials (43253)

University of Florida
Florida, United States
Salary Not Specified
Start date
Jan 24, 2019

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Science, Technology & Mathematics, Chemistry & Biochemistry, Other Science & Technology, Physics & Space Sciences
Employment Type
Full Time

The Department of Physics at the University of Florida seeks to fill several postdoctoral positions that are available immediately in the Center for Molecular Magnetic Quantum Materials (M2QM) Energy Frontier Research Center funded by the US Department of Energy. The Center focuses on the science for using molecule-based magnetic systems as the basis for the next generations of quantum technologies, with a program ranging from the synthesis and characterization of these emergent new materials to a systematic computational understanding of their many-body quantum behavior. M2QM will concentrate on fundamental scientific problems related to two technological challenges: 1) how to create qubits for intrinsically quantum computing, and 2) how to replace elements of traditional computers and sensors with intrinsically quantum, molecule-based, devices that are energy efficient as well as fast and adaptive. In this setting, reliable, swift, all-electron calculations of magnetically complex materials are crucial.

Up to 7 positions are available, three in experimental and four in computational/theoretical research. Successful candidates will work on the following:


  1. Synthesis and study of various molecule-based magnetic materials of transition metals and lanthanides, including oligomers formed by hydrogen-bonding or covalently-bound linkers. Experience in synthetic metal-oxo coordination chemistry and supramolecular chemistry would be preferred, as well as experience with techniques such as SQUID magnetometry and electrochemistry.
  2. (a)NMR studies of molecular magnetic materials at low temperatures, including nonequilibrium dynamics of exotic quantum magnets. Experience in low temperature techniques and modern NMR methods is desired. (b) High-frequency continuous-wave and pulsed EPR studies of molecular nanomagnets, including measurements under external stimuli such as light-irradiation and high-pressures. This work will be strongly coupled to the synthetic component described above, with a view to controlling the quantum mechanical coupling/entanglement between molecular nanomagets. Prior experience with modern EPR techniques is preferred
  3. Fabrication and characterization of thin films and thin-film heterostructures incorporating chemically fragile magnetic molecules into the interface regions of heterogeneous junctions comprising semiconductors and/or two-dimensional layered materials. Experience with clean room protocols and exfoliation techniques together with measurement techniques including X- ray diffraction, scanning probe microscopies, magnetotransport, magnetocapacitance, magnetization, tunneling, and Schottky barriers is desired. (This position will open in the summer 2019)


1. Spin-dependent electron transport through magnetic molecules, molecular networks, and molecule-semiconductor interfaces using DFT-based methods. Experience with using both DFT and semiclassical methods is a plus.

2. Development and implementation of algorithms to model adiabatic and nonadiabatic spin- phonon interactions within the framework of DFT and comparison with high precision quantum chemistry methods. Experience with DFT and/or quantum chemistry simulation of electron- phonon coupling preferred.

3.Development of the Exciting-Plus full-potential LAPW code. This will include implementation of iterative eigenvalue solver and selected DFT functionals, testing, and validation of new techniques. Experience with FLAPW code development (e.g. ELK) is valuable.

4. High throughput classic, semi-empirical, and first-principles calculations of magnetic molecules on surfaces and interfaces. Candidates with experience in the development and application of high-throughput DFT and atomistic materials simulations are desired. Knowledge of machine-learning is a plus.

5. First-principles calculations of molecular magnetic systems. Extensive experience in DFT applications including Wannier and downfolding procedures, first-principles based many-body methods (GW, DMFT, high-level quantum chemistry) is desired. This is a research scientist position, and will also have 5-10% of responsibility working as a scientific coordinator.

6. Radiation-induced defects in 2D materials. This will involve the application of DFT methods to describe the energetics, diffusion, and electronic properties of defects in 2D metals and semiconductors. This position is closely related to the Center activity in the area of computational/theoretical materials research and is funded by a separate experiment/theory project.

These positions are tenable for up to three years depending upon significant achievement and mutual interest. All postdoc and research scientists are expected to interact with other members including students in the M2QM center.

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For full consideration, applications must be submitted online at and must include: cover letter, CV (with publications) and three letters of recommendation must be provided with the application.

All candidates for employment are subject to a pre-employment screening which includes a review of criminal records, reference checks, and verification of education.

The final candidate will be required to provide an official transcript to the hiring department upon hire. A transcript will not be considered “official” if a designation of “Issued to Student” is visible. Degrees earned from an educational institution outside of the United States require evaluation by a professional credentialing service provider approved by the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES), which can be found at .

The University of Florida is an equal opportunity institution dedicated to building a broadly diverse and inclusive faculty and staff. Searches are conducted in accordance with Florida's Sunshine Law. If an accommodation due to disability is needed to apply for this position, please call (352) 392-2477 or the Florida Relay System at (800) 955-8771 (TDD).

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