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Research Associate in Physics


Research Associate in Physics

  • R0040818
  • Charlottesville, Virginia, United States
  • Professional Research Staff
  • The University of Virginia
The labs of Seung-Hun Lee (Physics) and Joshua Choi ‘s (Chemical Engineering) are conducting a joint project in basic and applied research in energy and security. We are seeking a joint Postdoctoral Research Associate who will help advance our understanding of optoelectronic materials through experimental neutron scattering studies. The core scientific aims of the project are to understand how atomic structure of doped perovskite semiconductors influences their optical properties.

As part of our team, you will perform experiments and analyze data to understand various phenomena in doped perovskites. The team members have strong skills in neutron scattering, materials synthesis, and the first-principles calculation techniques. The ideal candidate will be expected to lead neutron scattering measurement efforts to characterize the fundamental structural, rotational and vibrational properties of doped perovskites, develop an understanding of their underlying physics, and tune them to optimize their performance in optoelectronic devices. This position offers the opportunity to develop and master the suite of neutron scattering techniques used to study correlated systems including neutron diffraction to determine crystal structures, small angle neutron scattering to study textures of dopants, and inelastic neutron scattering to study rotational and vibrational dynamics. This position therefore provides the opportunity to make significant contributions in the field refining your existing experimental skills and developing new ones.

  • A PhD in physics, applied physics, chemistry, chemical engineering, material science, or a related discipline by the start date or completed within the last five years.
  • US citizenship or permanent residency is required by the funding agency for this project.

Preferred Qualifications:
  • Experience with neutron and/or x-ray scattering methods as applied in condensed matter systems.
  • A demonstrated ability to apply complementary characterization techniques to understand the nature and origins of correlated phenomena
  • Skilled in neutron scattering studies of bulk systems
  • Experience using National Laboratory User Facility programs, particularly for diffraction, small angle neutron scattering, or inelastic neutron scattering experiments
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Motivated self-starter with the ability to work independently and to participate creatively in collaborative teams across the laboratory

APPLICATION PROCEDURE: Apply online at https://uva.wd1.myworkdayjobs.com/UVAJobs and attach the following;
  • A cover letter. In the cover letter, please address your experience relevant to the research project.
  • curriculum vitae.

Please note that multiple documents can be uploaded in the box .

Please arrange three letters of reference when applying to this position to be sent to shlee@virginia.edu.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Review of applications will begin on October 29, 2022. The University will perform background checks on all new hires prior to employment.

This is a one-year appointment; however, the appointment may be renewed for an additional two, one-year increments, contingent upon available funding and satisfactory performance.

For any questions about the position, please contact Seung-Hun Lee, Professor, at sl5eb@virginia.edu .

For questions about the application process, please contact Richard Haverstrom, Faculty Search Advisor, at rkh6j@virginia.edu .

Applications by members of underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged.

For information on the benefits available to postdoctoral associates at UVA, visit postdoc.virginia.edu and hr.virginia.edu/benefits.

COVID Vaccination Requirement and Guidelines

Please visitthe UVA COVID-19 Job Requirements and Guidelines webpageprior to applying for current information regarding vaccination requirementsandguidelines for employment at UVA.

The University of Virginia, i ncluding the UVA Health System which represents the UVA Medical Center, Schools of Medicine and Nursing, UVA Physician’s Group and the Claude Moore Health Sciences Library, are fundamentally committed to the diversity of our faculty and staff. We believe diversity is excellence expressing itself through every person's perspectives and lived experiences. We are equal opportunity and affirmative action employers. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, disability, gender identity or expression, marital status, national or ethnic origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, veteran status, and family medical or genetic information.


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