Mentor: Dr. Cheng-Chien Chen, Department of Physics

Postdoctoral Position in Computational Condoned Matter and Materials Physics

The Department of Physics at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) invites applications for a Postdoctoral Scholar position in Computational Condensed Matter and Materials Physics. The successful applicant will work with Prof. Cheng-Chien Chen on modeling rare-earth materials under extreme high-pressure conditions, as well as with Prof. Yogesh K. Vohra on experimental validation by the magnetic structure measurements under high pressures at the Spallation Neutron Source, Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Prospective candidates experienced with advanced first-principles techniques such as DFT+U and DFT+DMFT for modeling correlated quantum materials are strongly encouraged to apply.

This position will have an annual postdoctoral stipend of $50,000, health insurance costs, and a travel allowance for attending professional meetings. The position is renewable for a second year depending on mutual agreement and funding availability. Applicants should email the application documents – including (i) cover letter, (ii) curriculum vitae with full publication list, and (iii) contact information for three references – enclosed as a single pdf file to Prof. Cheng-Chien Chen at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and Prof. Yogesh K. Vohra at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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About our Postdoc Office

UAB is committed to the development and success of outstanding postdoctoral scientists. Here at UAB, nearly 300 postdoctoral fellows are training currently in a variety of disciplines. Competitive postdoc awards are available including internships, grant incentives, funds to enhance education and collaboration outside UAB, and teaching opportunities at local universities. There is also a Postdoc Research Day with monetary awards. The Office of Postdoctoral Education strongly encourages UAB research mentors to follow the National Research Service Award stipend level guidelines, and postdoctoral scholars qualify for health, life, and other insurances. They also have the right to participate in the university’s 403(b) program and enjoy vacation, sick leave, maternity/paternity leave, and other benefits.

About the University

The University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) is a research university and academic health center that discovers, teaches, and applies knowledge for the intellectual, cultural, social, and economic benefit of Birmingham, the state, and beyond. UAB is internationally renowned for its intensely collaborative culture that has — for more than five decades — produced breakthroughs in education, health care, research, and service. UAB was ranked #1 in the United States, and in the top 10 worldwide, in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings, 2018 Young University Rankings.

Spanning more than 100 city blocks, UAB is the state of Alabama’s largest single employer with over 26,000 employees and has an annual state-wide economic impact exceeding $7.15 billion. U.S. News & World Report’s 2020 “America’s Best Graduate Schools” ranks 14 UAB graduate programs among the nation’s top 25 and 10 UAB specialties were ranked among the nation’s top 50 in the magazine’s 2018-2019 Best Hospitals report. UAB research grants and awards are at a record high, exceeding $527 million in FY18, including $320 million in NIH funding for FY18. UAB ranks 31st among all universities in federal research funding and 15th among public universities. UAB's NIH funding continues to grow among peer institutions in the Southeast and beyond, with the university ranking 20th among all universities in NIH funding and eighth among public universities. The UAB Heersink School of Medicine is ranked 21st among medical schools in NIH funding and eighth among public medical schools.

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