Physics Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Position Information

Position Information

Position Title Physics Postdoctoral Research Fellow
College/Unit College of Science and Engineering
Home Department Department of Physics
Employee Group Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Employment Status Full-Time
Position Type 12 month
Position Classification Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Position Begin Date 09/01/2017
Position End Date 08/31/2018
Position Summary

We are seeking outstanding candidates for two postdoctoral positions at Central Michigan University (CMU) in the area of electronic structure theory development. The candidates will be engaged in an exciting, large-scale effort to remove self-interaction errors from density functional theory. The project involves a collaborative team of researchers at multiple universities. The work at CMU will involve both coding and method development under the supervision of Professors Koblar Jackson and Juan Peralta. The initial appointments will begin on or around September 1, 2017, and will be for one year. An extension is possible, based on satisfactory performance and the availability of funding. A competitive salary and benefits packages will be offered.

Required Qualifications

Required qualifications include a Ph.D. within the last six years in computational chemistry or theoretical condensed matter physics, or a closely related discipline, significant programming experience, and a solid background in electronic structure theory. Ability to perform the essential functions of the job with or without reasonable accommodations.

Preferred Qualifications

Preferred qualifications include FORTRAN programming experience, use of high performance computing centers, and experience with electronic structure codes.

Message to Applicants

Review of applications will beginning July 28th and continue until the positions are filled.

Applications must be submitted through CMU’s HR website for full consideration:

Please provide a cover letter (addressed to Professors Jackson and Peralta), a CV (including a list of publications), and a list of three reference contacts.

The positions are grant funded. The expected starting date is Sept. 1, 2017, however, this date is contingent upon the start date of the grant. The initial appointments will be for one year; extension after one year is contingent upon satisfactory performance and continued grant funding.

About the Department

The CMU Physics Department offers B.S., B.S. in Ed. and M.S. programs in physics and participates in the interdisciplinary Ph.D. in the Science of Advanced Materials. The Department houses active research programs in several areas, including computational condensed matter and chemical physics and experimental condensed matter and materials physics. To learn more about the department, visit the departmental website.

Posting Begins 06/30/2017
Posting Ends
Open Until Filled No
Type of Recruitment External
About CMU

Founded in 1892, Central Michigan University has evolved into a major, national university with nearly 27,000 students, approximately 50 remote locations in the U.S. and Canada, top-ranked online programs, and nearly 215,000 alumni worldwide.
CMU is a $480-million enterprise offering more than 200 academic programs at the undergraduate, master’s, specialist and doctoral levels. Academic excellence is found in programs that have been ranked among the best in the nation, such as neuroscience, sales, logistics, fashion merchandising and design, and online programs for undergraduates as well as the online MBA and online graduate education for teachers and school leaders.
Central Michigan University complements its excellent academics with experiences outside the classroom – hands-on opportunities that enable students to find their potential and develop their ability to contribute to the world around them.
The fourth-largest university in Michigan began with the mission of addressing a demand for teachers prepared and qualified to lead classrooms and educate future generations. That commitment to fulfilling unmet needs continues today in America’s 137th College of Medicine, which in 2017 will graduate its first class of doctors dedicated to medically underserved communities.
Employees have access to state-of-the-art fitness facilities and a nationally recognized wellness program as well as health care and benefits that exceed national norms for many industries.
CMU is a member of the NCAA Division I Mid-American Conference and is located in a classic, tight-knit college community in the heart of central lower Michigan. Home to 26,000 of Isabella County’s more than 70,000 residents, Mount Pleasant offers a mix of outdoor features, family attractions and small-town life complemented by university culture. Mount Pleasant is just an hour or two from most of Michigan’s destination spots, including Detroit, Grand Rapids, Lansing, Ann Arbor, sunset beaches on Lake Michigan, and the acclaimed “Up North” communities, state parks and lakes.

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Supplemental Questions

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Optional & Required Documents

Required Documents
  1. Resume/Curriculum Vitae
  2. Cover Letter
  3. List of References
Optional Documents