Postdoctoral Appointment - Quantum Materials with Strong Spin Orbit Coupling

Argonne National Laboratory

Lemont, IL

Job posting number: #7063420 (Ref:407658)

Posted: February 5, 2020

Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description

The Materials Science Division (MSD) invites you to apply for a Postdoctoral Appointee position. 

Quantum materials with strong spin-orbit coupling are predicted to exhibit subtle forms of emergent and topological order. This project combines unique synchrotron x-ray capabilities developed at Argonne with completely new computational methods utilizing machine learning and multidimensional spectral analysis to reveal the structural response of quantum materials with strong spin-orbit-coupling. By characterizing these electronic phases over a wide range of length scales, we will elucidate the physics underlying their exotic quantum states in order to enable future materials’ applications.

This position will involve experimental work at various national synchrotron x-ray and neutron user facilities and the subsequent computational analysis of large three-dimensional sets of data performed in collaboration with machine learning experts and applied mathematicians. The analysis will include a determination of the long-range average crystalline structure from Bragg peaks as well as a determination of short-range correlations from diffuse scattering, using a variety of methods including simulations of total scattering and 3D ΔPDF analysis. The candidate is expected to think and work independently and conduct research in a highly interdisciplinary environment of physicists, materials scientists, and computational scientists.

We expect you to have:

  • Experience in x-rays and/or neutron scattering methods, especially as applied to the determination of crystalline structure and/or short-range order from single crystal diffraction data.
  • Experience with the interpretation of large data sets through the development of Python analysis code and algorithms, so the candidate should demonstrate a strong aptitude in programming and data analysis. 
  • A background in strongly correlated electron systems would be highly preferred.

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