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Post Doctoral Research Associate
Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa
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Date Posted February 18, 2020
Employment Type Full-time
Application Deadline Open until filled


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Working Title

Post Doctoral Research Associate

Advertised Employing Department

Department of Physics and Astronomy

Appointment Type

Post Doctoral

Base of Employment

D - Post Doctoral

Full or Part Time


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Summary of Duties and Responsibilities

The Department of Physics and Astronomy within Iowa State University is searching for a qualified Postdoctoral Research Associate.

This position will perform research in the area of theoretical calculations of novel magnetic materials with focus on materials discovery and materials informatics.

Required Education and Experience

Ph.D. must be completed prior to start date.

Ph. D. in condensed matter physics, materials science or related areas.

Preferred Education and Experience

First principles density functional calculations and molecular dynamics simulations.

Magnetic properties and thermodynamics calculations.

Algorithms for global structural optimization.

Database design and construction for machine learning applications.

Coding expertise.

Good writing and communication skills.

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Department/Program & College Description


About Iowa State University and the Ames Community

Iowa State University is classified as a Carnegie Foundation Doctoral/Research University-Extensive, a member of the Association of American Universities (AAU), and ranked by U.S. News and World Report as one of the top public universities in the nation. More than 36,000 students are enrolled and are served by over 6,200 faculty and staff.

Iowa State University is a global and culturally diverse university committed to providing an inclusive, equitable, and diverse environment for both learning and employment. We know that diversity in experience and perspective is vital to advancing innovation, critical thinking, solving complex problems, and building an inclusive academic community. At Iowa State, we translate these values into action by seeking individuals who have experience working with diverse students, colleagues, and constituents. The university has an expectation that all employees will demonstrate a contribution to diversity and inclusion as embodied in Iowa State University’s Principles of Community.

Ames, Iowa is a progressive community of 60,000, located approximately 30 minutes north of Des Moines, and recently voted one of the best college towns in the nation.

Iowa State University is an equal opportunity employer committed to excellence through diversity and strongly encourages applications from all qualified applicants, including women, underrepresented populations, and veterans. ISU is responsive to the needs of dual career couples, is dedicated to work-life balance through an array of policies, and is an NSF ADVANCEinstitution.

All employees are expected to exhibit and convey good citizenship within the program, the department, college, university activities, collegial interactions, and maintain the highest standards of integrity and ethical behavior.

Department Contact Name

Kai-Ming Ho

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Application Instructions

Interested candidates should submit the following to kmh@iastate.edu :

1) a cover letter detailing specific experience; 
2) current C.V.; and
3) contact information for three references to:

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Pre-Employment Screening

All offers of employment, oral and written, are contingent upon the university’s verification of credentials and other information required by federal and state law, ISU policies/procedures, and may include the completion of a background check and/or a consumer credit check.

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EO Statement

Iowa State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, age, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, marital status, disability, or protected veteran status and will not be discriminated against. Inquiries can be directed to the Office of Equal Opportunity, 3410 Beardshear Hall, 515 Morrill Road, 515 294-7612, email eooffice@iastate.edu.

Classification Information


University Title

Postdoc Research Associate - 0100



Job Category

Post Doctoral

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