Postdoc in Theory of Thermoelectric Nanostructures


The Center for Nanoscale Science, a Penn State Materials Research Science and Engineering Center (MRSEC) has an opening for a Theoretical Postdoctoral Scholar in the High Pressure Enabled Electronic Metalattices research group. Applicants must have a Ph.D. in condensed matter theory. The successful applicant may work with a group of approximately 25 faculty, postdoctoral associates, and students in the physics, chemistry, materials science, electrical engineering, and chemical engineering departments. Theoretical faculty include Profs. Gerald Mahan and Vincent Crespi in physics, Prof. Ismaila Dabo in materials science, and Prof. Ali Borhan in chemical engineering. Close collaboration between theoreticians and experimentalists is a hallmark of the MRSEC. The research is focused on understanding and controlling nanoscale electronic materials where nanostructure can produce spectacular electronic, optical, and magnetic properties. In particular, creating a new class of ordered 3D metalattices (see that modulate electronic, magnetic, and vibrational degrees of freedom against nm-scale structural order. Phenonmena of specific theoretical and experimental interest include thermoelectric power, electrical and thermal conductivity, surface electronic states, spin-polarized ferromagnetism, superconductivity, photoluminescence, optical absorption, and many others. The successful candidate shall have a strong background in computational condensed matter, such as band structure and molecular dynamics. Knowledge of transport theory is advantageous. Strong communication skills are essential, including fluency in English. The appointment is for one year, re-appointment for succeeding years available contingent upon availability of funds (the MRSEC has recently been renewed) and employee performance. Applications should be submitted electronically and include a cover letter and CV including a list of publications, and a detailed summary of research experience and interests. Applicants must arrange to have three letters of recommendations sent to Denise Patton at The start date is flexible. To inquire about this position, please contact Professor Gerald D. Mahan (; Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.