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Postdoctoral Scholar in first-principles calculations on frustrated magnetic oxides

Position overview

Position title: Postdoctoral Scholar
Salary range: Salary is based on the University of California Academic Salary Scales.
Percent time: 100%
Anticipated start: The preferred start date for the position is September 2022
Position duration: This is a full-time, one-year appointment with the possibility of renewal based on availability of funding, ongoing operational needs, and satisfactory performance.

Application Window

Open date: July 7, 2022

Most recent review date: Thursday, Sep 15, 2022 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications received after this date will be reviewed by the search committee if the position has not yet been filled.

Final date: Friday, Dec 30, 2022 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.

Position description

A full-time postdoctoral research position is available in Professor Beth Nowadnick’s computational materials physics group at University of California, Merced. This position will focus on frustrated magnetism in complex oxides, and will explore connections between the structural, magnetic, and electronic properties of these materials. The project is part of a collaboration with several experimental and theoretical research groups across the US, and the postdoctoral researcher will have the opportunity to work closely with these collaborators. The postdoctoral researcher will be expected to perform and analyze materials simulations, actively participate in regular meetings with collaborators, prepare manuscripts and presentations, present his/her work at conferences, and assist with mentoring students in the group. More information on the Nowadnick research group can be found at [].

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Basic qualifications

Applicants are required to have a Ph.D. in Physics, Chemistry, Materials Science and Engineering, or a related field. Experience with density functional theory calculations and excellent oral and written communication skills are required.

Preferred qualifications

Experience with theoretical and/or computational approaches for treating correlated solids is desirable. Demonstrated interest in collaborating with experimentalists is strongly preferred.

Application Requirements

Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.

  • Statement of Research - Please provide one-page description of current and future research interests

Reference requirements
  • 3 required (contact information only)
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Campus Information

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The University of California, Merced, is the newest of the University of California system’s 10 campuses. With over 9,000 undergraduate and graduate students (, UC Merced provides outstanding educational opportunities to highly qualified students from the heart of California, the nation, and abroad. The campus has special connections to nearby Yosemite National Park; is on the cutting edge of sustainability in construction and design; and supports the economic development of Central California. The Merced 2020 Project doubled the physical capacity of the campus, and enhanced academic distinction, student success, and research excellence (

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Job location

Merced, CA