Post-doctoral Position in Materials Theory at Northwestern University


Term and Location: A one-year postdoctoral position with extension up to two years is open in the Materials Theory & Design Group of James Rondinelli at Northwestern University (Evanston, IL) beginning immediately. This position is supported fully or partially by external funds; therefore, the continuation of employment is contingent upon receipt of those external funds.

Description and Duties: Work will focus on the design of new electronic phases in transition metal compounds, especially moderately correlated systems, and electrochemical and ionic phenomena (including corrosion science) at oxide interfaces. A particular emphasis is on using first-principles and beyond methods to understand the electronic and electrochemical properties of these materials.

Candidates with excellent communication, writing, and organizational skills, the ability to work independently, and experience in applications of statistical thermodynamics, density functional theory-based techniques, or many-body (beyond-DFT) approaches are strongly encouraged to apply. Applicants with expertise in materials informatics are also encouraged to apply.

The candidate should be a self-starter, able to work independently, supervise graduate and undergraduate students, able to participate creatively in refining program directions, and collaborate with experimentalists. Presentations at national/international meetings and publication of scientific results in high profile peer-reviewed journals are expected.

The candidate will also have ample opportunities to develop his or her own independent research in a variety of technologically important materials systems and applications.

How to Apply: Applications should include a CV, contact information of at least two individuals, and an estimated availability date. In addition, please provide a one-page (max) narrative description (not list) as a writing sample of past accomplishments and future research interests. The preferred format is a single PDF-document. Materials should be sent to Prof. Rondinelli at with the subject line “18-MTDG Postdoctoral Position”.

Deadline: None – applications will be considered until the position is filled.