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Postdoctoral Fellowship in Physics

University of Arkansas at Fort Smith
Arkansas, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted date
Oct 25, 2021

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Faculty Positions, Science, Technology & Mathematics, Physics & Space Sciences
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Type of Position:Research

Workstudy Position:


Job Type:Contractual (Fixed Term)

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Institution Name: University of Arkansas, Fayetteville

Founded in 1871, the University of Arkansas is a land grant institution, classified by the Carnegie Foundation among the nation’s top 2 percent of universities with the highest level of research activity. The University of Arkansas works to advance Arkansas and build a better world through education, research and outreach by providing transformational opportunities and skills, promoting an inclusive and diverse culture and climate, and nurturing creativity, discovery and the spread of new ideas and innovations.

The University of Arkansas campus is located in Fayetteville, a welcoming community ranked as one of the best places to live in the U.S. The growing region surrounding Fayetteville is home to numerous Fortune 500 companies and one of the nation’s strongest economies. Northwest Arkansas is also quickly gaining a national reputation for its focus on the arts and overall quality of life.

As an employer, the University of Arkansas offers a vibrant work environment and a workplace culture that promotes a healthy work-life balance. The benefits package includes university contributions to health, dental, life and disability insurance, tuition waivers for employees and their families, 12 official holidays, immediate leave accrual, and a choice of retirement programs with university contributions ranging from 5 to 10% of employee salary.

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Department:Department of Physics Research Assistants 02

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Summary of Job Duties:The Department of Physics at the University of Arkansas is seeking to hire a Postdoctoral Fellow in Physics to conduct research at the Arkansas site of the newly established MonArk NSF Quantum Foundry. The Foundry is a six-year NSF research program jointly led by Montana State University (MSU) and the University of Arkansas (UA). More information on the MonArk NSF Quantum Foundry can be found on its website ( The appointments will be made for three years, subject to annual performance reviews, availability of funding, and continued satisfactory performance in the role. The appointment includes a competitive salary commensurate with experience and benefits package.

The Postdoctoral Fellow will be involved in research primarily related to two-dimensional and layered materials, as well as their heterojunctions, and will be expected to interact closely and routinely with experimentalists in the Foundry. Their main tasks will include carrying out ab initio calculations of these material systems (including DFT and/or Quantum Monte Carlo calculations) and/or the development of analytical optoelectronic models to assist experiments being carried out at the Foundry on layered materials that will include transition metal dichalcogenides, group-IV monochalcogenides, and two-dimensional magnets. The Postdoctoral Fellow will also be expected to interact with graduate students and undergraduates in the Foundry and will be expected to write scientific papers and to present findings at professional meetings.

This is a one-year appointment, renewable based on the need for the position, availability of funding, and continued satisfactory level of performance in the role.


Minimum Qualifications:

  • Ph.D. in Physics, Materials Science, or a related field conferred by the start of employment

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience with one or more of the following: molecular beam epitaxy, scanning tunneling microscopy, ab initio calculations, optoelectronic device modeling, 2D material device fabrication, electronic transport and optoelectronic measurements, optically-addressed qubits, robotics, electronics, and instrument automation

Salary Information:

Commensurate with education and experience

Required Documents to Apply:

Cover Letter/Letter of Application, Curriculum Vitae, List of three Professional References (name, email, business title)

Optional Documents:

Proof of Veteran Status

Recruitment Contact Information:

Questions can be directed to Hugh Churchill, MonArk NSF Quantum Foundry Associate Director, at and Salvador Barraza-Lopez, MonArk NSF Quantum Foundry Theory Lead, at

All application materials must be uploaded to the University of Arkansas System Career Site

Please do not send to listed recruitment contact.

Additional Information:

Pre-employment Screening Requirements:Criminal Background Check, Sex Offender Registry

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Persons must have proof of legal authority to work in the United States on the first day of employment. All applicant information is subject to public disclosure under the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act.

Constant Physical Activity:N/A

Frequent Physical Activity:N/A

Occasional Physical Activity:Manipulate items with fingers, including keyboarding, Repetitive Motion

Benefits Eligible:Yes
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