Post Doctoral Associate in the Center for Molecular Magnetic Quantum Materials (M2QM)

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Work type: Post Doc Associate
Location: Main Campus (Gainesville, FL)
Categories: Physical/Mathematical Sciences
Department:16360100 - LS-PHYSICS-GENERAL

Classification Title:

Post Doctoral Associate

Job Description:

The Center for Molecular Magnetic Quantum Materials (M2QM) at the Department of Physics, University of Florida is seeking 3 Post Doctoral Associates.  See   M2QM is a renewed (Aug. 1, 2022) Energy Frontier Research Center funded by the US Department of Energy; See

The Center programs ranges from the synthesis and characterization of these emergent new materials to a systematic computational understanding of their many-body quantum behavior. The fundamental science of the M2QM aims to address the two primary technological challenges: 1) how to create qubits for intrinsically quantum computing, and 2) how to replace elements of traditional computers and sensors with intrinsically quantum, molecule-based devices that are energy efficient as well as fast and adaptive. In this setting, reliable, swift, all-electron calculations of magnetically complex materials are crucial.  

Successful candidates will work on spin transitions and magnetoelectric couplings in molecular magnetic systems, dynamics, and decoherence of spin and clock transition, spin-spin couplings, spin-environment interactions in junctions, simulation of inelastic tunneling spectroscopy (IETS) etc. Experience in DFT and beyond DFT methods, high-level quantum chemistry, machine learning, high-throughput modeling of complex materials, model Hamiltonian-based spin dynamics, or in IETS is a plus.

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 $48,000 - $58,000, commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Minimum Requirements:

Ph.D. in Physics

Preferred Qualifications: Experience in DFT and beyond DFT methods, high-level quantum chemistry, machine learning, high-throughput modeling of complex materials, model Hamiltonian-based spin dynamics, or in IETS is a plus.
Special Instructions to Applicants:

For full consideration, applications must be submitted online at (search job 524153), and must include: (1) a cover letter, (2) full curriculum vitae (including publication list), and (3) the names and email addresses of three references must be provided. An email will be sent to your references, requesting them to upload their confidential letter to the submission packet. Please also indicate the research areas in which you are interested. For more information, please contact Professor Hai-Ping Cheng, the director of M2QM (

These positions are tenable for up to three years depending upon significant achievement and mutual interest. All postdoc and research scientists are expected to interact with other M2QM members and advise students.

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

Time limited positions are based on circumstances, such as funding sources, which control the length of time for which the position is available. A time-limited position has the same rights as a position with a regular appointment modifier, except such position does not have rights provided for layoff, recall, and notice of non-reappointment. It is at the discretion of the college or unit to determine if a position is time-limited.

The selected candidate will be required to provide an 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 educational institution outside of the United States require evaluation by a professional credentialing service provider approved by the 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. Searches are conducted in accordance with Florida's Sunshine Law. If an accommodation due to disability is needed in order to apply for this position, please call (352) 392-2477 or the Florida Relay System at (800) 955-8771 (TDD).

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