Job posting: Research Scientist: Transport Physics


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Department Description 
 The Materials Physics Department conducts a broad and coordinated array of experimental and theoretical research to identify and understand the fundamental physical mechanisms underlying the surface, interface and transport behavior of a variety of advanced materials.  The department's materials physics and chemistry modeling/simulation expertise utilizes state-of-the-art density functional theory, molecular dynamics simulation techniques and quantum transport approaches.  The department has experimental expertise and resources for UHV technology, thin film preparation, nano-materials synthesis, microfabrication, and a wide range of advanced materials characterization techniques (e.g., AES, AFM, DRS, LEED, LEEM, LEIS, SIMS, and STM). 
 How to Apply 
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 Job Details 
 The Materials Physics Department seeks a Staff Scientist to develop and conduct a collaborative, experimental research program in the area of the fundamental physics of thermal and electrical transport in functional materials. The selected candidate will develop a world-class research program that will complement our existing materials programs in interfacial science, surface physics, and nanoscale transport. The program will be centered on detailed, quantitative thermal and electrical transport measurements, with a focus on nanostructured materials, taking full advantage of the nano-scale and atomic-resolution characterization and analysis available in our organization. Close coupling with other experimentalists and ab initio theorists in our department is expected. 
 The successful candidate will have a PhD in Materials Science, Physics, Chemistry or a closely related field; and a sustained record of research accomplishments in a post-doctoral or more advanced position.  They will have strong experimental background in performing measurements of fundamental carrier properties related to electronic and thermal transport. Published evidence of scientific leadership and stature is expected as is the ability to work in teams and establish strong collaborations, particularly with theorists in our department. 
 We desire a colleague with deep understanding of the physics underpinning electronic and thermal transport in bulk and nanostructured semiconductors, with specific experience in thermoelectric materials. Also desired is knowledge of the scientific and technological issues that control the device-level performance of thermoelectric materials for both cooling and energy-harvesting applications. Finally, we desire a candidate with proven experience in program definition, program development, and program leadership. 
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