Postdoctoral opportunity for a computational condensed matter scientist in the area of multiferroics, ferroelectrics, and/or magnetic systems

The Department of Physics at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville is searching for a Postdoctoral Position in multiferroics, ferroelectrics, and/or magnetic systems;

– Period of Employment: The position is for one year and may be renewable for a second year. The preferential starting date is September 03, 2019; However, earlier or later starting dates may also be possible.

– Location: University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, Arkansas (USA).
Fayetteville has been ranked by national magazines among the top five places to live in the U.S.

– Job Description/Responsibilities/Qualifications:
Description: The individual will assist in conducting research on multiferroics, ferroelectrics, and/or magnetic systems.
The research goals are: modeling, understanding and designing such systems.
Particular emphases in these systems are on:
(1) dynamical effects [see, e.g., Physical Review Letters 122, 097601 (2019)];
(2) light-matter interactions [see, e.g., Physical Review Letters 116, 247401 (2016)];
(3) neuromorphic computing [se, e.g., Nature Communications 8, 14736 (2017)];
(4) Kitaev-type systems [see, e.g., npj Computational Materials 4, 57 (2018)];
(5) topological defects [see, e.g., Physical Review Letters 120, 177601 (2018)];
(6) out-of-equilibrium effects [see, e.g., Advanced Functional Materials 1808573 (2019)]; and
(7) structural defects [see, e.g., Physical Review Materials 2, 084402 (2018)]. 

These objectives will be tackled through the development and/or use of the following numerical tools:
(i) First-principles techniques, and (ii) Effective Hamiltonian approaches that can extend the reach of first-principles calculations by mimicking finite-temperature properties.

Collaborations with experimental research groups and other theoretical research groups are also strongly expected, in order to gain a deep understanding of such complex materials.

– Qualifications: PhD in Physics, Materials Science or related field and experience in numerical simulations and Solid State Physics is required. Experience in first-principles, Monte-Carlo and/or Molecular Dynamics techniques, is highly desirable.

– Application: Applicants must submit (in a pdf format, if possible) a cover letter together with a CV (including list of publications and names of at least two references) to Laurent Bellaiche (email:

Further details on the post and the research team may be obtained by emailing Laurent Bellaiche (; and/or visiting the research group’s website:

The University of Arkansas is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. All applicants are subject to public disclosure; under the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act and must have proof of legal authority to work in the United States.