Assistant Scientist in Theoretical Condensed Matter Physics

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Work type: Non-Tenure-Track Faculty
Location: Main Campus (Gainesville, FL)
Categories: Research/Scientific/Grants, Artificial Intelligence
Department:16360100 - LS-PHYSICS-GENERAL

Classification Title:

Assistant Scientist

Job Description:

An Assistant Scientist position is immediately available in the Hirschfeld and Hennig research groups in the Department of Physics and Department of Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Florida in artificial intelligence for the discovery and design of the research novel superconductors, magnets, and hard materials. This is a full-time, twelve-month, time-limited, non-tenure accruing position. The Assistant Scientist position is for two or more years, depending upon significant achievement and mutual interest.

The successful candidate will help develop design rules and novel pathways to synthesize desired materials that are metastable and survive for long times at ambient conditions, combining the theory of superconductivity, magnetism, nonequilibrium statistical mechanics, materials informatics, and machine learning for data mining and structure. 

The Department of Physics particularly welcomes applicants who can contribute to a diverse and inclusive environment through their scholarship, teaching, mentoring, and professional service. Please see for more information about diversity and inclusion in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. The university and greater Gainesville communities enjoy a diversity of cultural events, restaurants, year-round outdoor recreational activities, and social opportunities.

Expected Salary:

The salary range is $60,000 - $67,000, commensurate with qualifications and experience and includes a full benefits package.

Minimum Requirements:

The applicant must have a Ph.D. in theoretical physics, chemistry, materials science, or a closely related field.

Preferred Qualifications:

This position requires a strong theoretical scientist with demonstrated experience in some of the following areas: superconductivity theory, magnetism, electronic structure theory, and machine learning methods. Expertise in density functional theory, in particular as applied to nickelates and perovskite superlattices, is highly desirable. The applicant should be able to work independently and collaborate well with team members working towards a common goal. The scientific results are expected to be presented at national meetings and published in peer-reviewed journals. The applicant must have excellent oral and written communication skills in English and be able to interact effectively with experimental and computational members of the team.

Special Instructions to Applicants:

In order to be considered, you must upload a cover letter, your resume, a research statement, and the names and emails of three references.  An email will be sent to your references, requesting them to upload their confidential letter to the submission packet.

Applications will be reviewed beginning April 30, 2022, and the position will remain open until filled. Only complete applications will be reviewed at this time. Applications received after this date may be considered at the discretion of the committee and/or hiring authority.

All candidates for employment are subject to a pre-employment screening which includes a review of criminal records, reference checks, and verification of education.

Final candidate will be required to provide official transcript to the hiring department upon hire.  A transcript will not be considered “official” if a designation of “Issued to Student” is visible.  Degrees earned from an education institution outside of the United States are required to be evaluated by a professional credentialing service provider approved by National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES), which can be found at

The University of Florida is an equal opportunity institution dedicated to building a broadly diverse and inclusive faculty and staff.

The University of Florida is An Equal Employment Opportunity Institution. If an accommodation due to a disability is needed to apply for this position, please call 352/392-2477 or the Florida Relay System at 800/955-8771 (TDD). Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the US. Searches are conducted in accordance with Florida's Sunshine Law.

Application must be submitted by 11:55 p.m. (ET) of the posting end date.

Health Assessment Required: No


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