Physics Research Associate

Central Michigan University
July 15, 2024
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Posting Number F-0790

Position Title Physics Research Associate College/Unit College of Science and Engineering Home Department Department of Physics Employee Group Fixed-Term Faculty - 12 month Employment Status Full-Time Position Type 12 month Position Classification Fixed-Term Faculty Position Begin Date 07/16/2023 Position End Date 07/15/2024 Position Summary

The Physics Department at Central Michigan University (CMU) is seeking an outstanding candidate in the area of electronic structure theory development to fill the position of Physics Research Associate. The successful candidates will work with Professors Koblar A. Jackson and Juan E. Peralta, contributing to an exciting, large-scale effort to remove self-interaction errors from density functional theory using the Fermi-Löwdin orbital self-interaction correction (FLO-SIC) approach. For more information about the project, please see www. The work will have a strong focus on FORTRAN code development and will involve collaborating with researchers at Tulane University and the University of Texas at El Paso.

Required Qualifications

  • Ph.D. in Physics or a closely related discipline and a background in electronic structure theory.
  • Demonstrate experience in FORTRAN programming
  • Demonstrate experience working on high-performance computing platforms.
  • Ability to perform the essential functions of the job with or without reasonable accommodations.
  • Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience contributing to electronic structure method development.
  • Successful research in heterogeneous catalysis on transition metal-based catalysts.
  • Message to Applicants

    Central Michigan University is dedicated to fostering a broadly diverse and inclusive campus that respects all social identities, experiences, and perspectives. In an effort to further this initiative, we are especially interested in candidates who will advance and promote an inclusive and supportive environment for every member of our university community.

    You must submit an on-line application in order to be considered as an applicant for this position.

    Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. 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 appointment will begin as early as July 16, 2023. The position is grant- funded and the initial appointment is for one year. An extension is possible, depending on satisfactory performance and continued funding. A competitive salary and benefits package will be offered.

    Questions may be directed to Dr. Jackson or Dr. Peralta.

    About the Department

    The CMU Physics Department offers B.S., B.S. in Ed., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees 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 the department website.

    Posting Begins 06/30/2023 Posting Ends Open Until Filled Yes Type of Recruitment External About CMU

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