Postdoctoral Scholar in Condensed Matter and Plasma Theory

University of California, Merced
December 31, 2023
Offerd Salary:$60,000
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Position overview

Position title: Postdoctoral Scholar

Salary range: See Table 23 for the salary range for this position. A reasonable estimate for this position is $60,000 - $ 71,952.

Percent time: 100%

Anticipated start: January 2, 2024

Position duration: 2 years

Application Window

Open date: August 24, 2023

Next review date: Thursday, Sep 7, 2023 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time) Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

Final date: Sunday, Dec 31, 2023 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time) Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.

Position description

A postdoctoral position is available at UC Merced to work on the California Initiative for Solid-to-Plasma Dynamics for Fusion Energy, with Professors David Strubbe (physics), Aurora Pribram-Jones (chemistry and chemical biology), and Venkattraman Ayyaswamy (mechanical engineering). This project, funded by the University of California Office of the President, involves studying the early-time stages of formation of a plasma from a solid under intense laser irradiation, involving absorption, thermalization, electron-ion coupling, ionization, plasma equilibration, and plasma expansion. We are using electronic structure simulations (TDDFT and DFT), molecular dynamics, and kinetic plasma simulations. The project is a collaboration with UC Irvine, UC San Diego, UC Berkeley, and Lawrence Berkeley and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratories, where experiments and other plasma simulations (including radiation hydrodynamics and machine learning methods) will be carried out. The postdoc may focus on electronic structure, molecular dynamics, and/or kinetic plasma simulations, depending on interests and qualifications, and may be jointly mentored by multiple PIs based on mutual interests. Duties will include developing theoretical methods, writing code, running calculations, communicating results in papers and conferences, mentoring graduate and undergraduate students, and collaborating with other partners in the project.

There will also be opportunities to interact with the Consortium for High- Energy Density Science https: //, which is an NNSA- funded collaboration between UC Merced, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Florida A&M University, and Morehouse College. The project focuses on theoretical understanding of the electronic structure of matter under high temperature and pressure, and education and outreach to broaden participation in this topic.


Basic qualifications

Recent Ph.D. in theoretical chemistry, physics, engineering, or a closely related field.

Additional qualifications

In addition, candidates should be able to work both independently and in a team environment, have excellent written and spoken communication skills, and be interested in mentoring students at the undergraduate and graduate level.

Preferred qualifications

Preferred: excellent publication record; experience developing, implementing, and validating computational models; background in DFT, TDDFT, molecular dynamics, and/or kinetic plasma simulations; knowledge of high-energy density science, plasma physics, and warm dense matter.

Application Requirements

Document requirements

  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.

  • Cover Letter

  • Statement on Contributions to Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion - Statement on your contributions to equity, diversity, and inclusion, including information about your understanding of these topics, your record of activities to date, and your specific plans and goals for advancing equity and inclusion. Please review the UC Merced Diversity Statement Guidelines and UC's Commitment to Diversity

  • Reference requirements

  • 3 required (contact information only)
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    The University of California, Merced, is the newest of the University of California system's 10 campuses. With over 9,000 undergraduate and graduate students (https: // www., UC Merced provides outstanding educational opportunities to highly qualified students from the heart of California, the nation, and abroad. The campus has special connections to nearby Yosemite National Park; is on the cutting edge of sustainability in construction and design; and supports the economic development of Central California. The Merced 2020 Project doubled the physical capacity of the campus, and enhanced academic distinction, student success, and research excellence (https: //

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    Job location

    Merced, CA

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