Postdoctoral Research Scholar

Tempe, AZ

Arizona State University

Postdoctoral Research Scholar

Ab-Initio Modeling of Ultra-Wide Bandgap Materials

Physics Department

Arizona State University


A Postdoctoral Research Scholar position in Ab-Initio Modeling of Ultra-Wide Bandgap Materials is immediately available in Professor Arunima Singh’s group at Arizona State University as part of the Ultra Materials DOE-EFRC center ( The initial appointment is being made on a fiscal year, full-time appointment for one year with subsequent annual renewal for up to two additional years contingent upon mutual interest, satisfactory performance, the needs of the university, and availability of resources. Preferred start date is February 15, 2021. Candidates must be within five years from receipt of their doctoral degree.

Successful candidates will contribute to a research program in the high-throughput ab-initio modeling of ultra-wide bandgap (UWBG) materials and their heterostructures. The Ultra EFRC center’s mission is to achieve extreme electrical properties and phenomena through fundamental understanding of UWBG materials – including synthesis and impurity incorporation, electronic structure at interfaces, electron - phonon interactions at high fields, and phonon mediated thermal transport, which will enable a resilient, smart electricity grid. Candidates will employ density-functional theory and excited state theory to study the role of defects in the synthesis of UWBG materials, prediction of defect levels in UWBG materials and the determination of band alignments in the heterostructures of UWBG materials. It is preferred that the candidates have some experience in performing high-throughput simulations and development of materials’ databases.

Minimum qualifications:

  • Recent Ph.D. degree in Physics, Materials Science, Chemistry, or a closely related field by the time of the appointment.
  • Experience in electronic structure simulations (density functional theory and GW).
  • Demonstrated excellence in verbal and written communication skills in English.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently as well as in collaborations.
  • Demonstrated ability to participate creatively in refining research directions.
  • Demonstrated experience and interest in scientific computing and programming, preferably in Python.

Desired qualifications:

  • Experience in open-source database and software development.
  • Excellent research record in UWBG materials, point defect simulations, or materials synthesis.

To apply, please submit electronically to the following materials:  (1) a cover letter, (2) a curriculum vitae with a list of publications, (3) a detailed summary of your research experience and interests must be at least one page, (4) names and contact information of at least three references.  For more information about the position, contact Professor. Arunima Singh, Department of Physics, Arizona State University via email at

The initial review of applications will begin 1st February 2021; if not filled, applications will be reviewed every week thereafter until the search is closed.

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Posted: 01/28/2021