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Postdoctoral Research Associate in Computational Materials Design (id:64654)
University of Maine in Orono, Maine
Date Posted 09/21/2020
Admin-Laboratory and Research
Employment Type
Application Deadline Open until filled

Postdoctoral Research Associate in Computational Materials Design (id:64654)


Physics & Astronomy - OPS



Orono, ME

This Postdoctoral Research Associate will employ first-principles density functional theory methods and Machine Learning techniques to develop a new class of 2D materials for energy-storage applications, in close collaboration with both theoretical and experimental groups at the University of Maine (UMaine) and Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL).


This postdoc will work with project PIs to: plan and conduct first-principles calculations to predict new 2D materials for energy storage; develop advanced machine learning models for the fast prediction of materials properties; help building the research collaboration partnership between UMaine and ORNL; publish results in peer-reviewed journals and present research findings at professional meetings; mentor graduate and undergraduate researchers as appropriate; and perform other reasonably related duties as assigned. Typical hiring range for this position is $48,000 to $52,000 commensurate with experience and qualifications.


Complete Job Description

The University of Maine is a community of more than 11,200 undergraduate and graduate students, and 2,500 employees located on the Orono campus and throughout the state. UMaine is the state land and sea grant university and maintains a leadership role as the System’s flagship university.  As a result, it is dedicated to providing excellent teaching, research, and service at the university, state, and national levels.


Further information about UMaine can be found at


The University of Maine offers a wide range of benefits  for employees including, but not limited to, tuition benefits (employee and dependent), comprehensive insurance coverage including medical, dental, vision, life insurance, and short and long term disability as well as retirement plan options. As a former NSF ADVANCE institution, the University of Maine is committed to diversity in our workforce and to dual-career couples.


UMaine is located in beautiful Central Maine. Many employees report that a primary reason for choosing to come to UMaine is quality of life.  Numerous cultural activities, excellent public schools, safe neighborhoods, high quality medical care, little traffic, and a reasonable cost of living make the greater Bangor area a wonderful place to live. 


Learn more about what the Bangor region has to offer here .


  • A Ph.D. in Theoretical/Computational Physics, Chemistry, Materials Science, or other closely related disciplines;
  • More than three years of practical experience in density functional theory calculations, using VASP or other plane-wave codes;
  • A strong background in solid state physics.


  • Good knowledge of thermodynamics and kinetics of materials;
  • Basic level of understanding in machine learning;
  • Some experience in computer programming, preferably in Python;
  • Excellent written communication skills evidenced through a record of scholarly publications and excellent oral communication skills evidenced through a record of professional presentations;
  • Motivated self-starter with the ability to work independently and to participate creatively in collaborative and frequently interacting teams of researchers.

Materials must be submitted via "Apply For Position" below. You will need to create a profile and application; upload:


1.) a cover letter which describes your experience, interests, and suitability for the position
2.) a resume/curriculum vitae
3.) contact information for three professional references


You will also need to submit the affirmative action survey, the self-identification of disability form, and the self-identification of veteran status forms. Incomplete application materials cannot be considered. Materials received after the initial review date will be reviewed at the discretion of the University.


Search Timeline is as follows:
Review of applications to begin: Immediately
Interviews to begin no earlier than: September 3, 2020
Tentative start date: October 1, 2020


For questions about the search, please contact search committee chair Liping Yu at or 207-581-1029.


Appropriate background checks are required.


The University of Maine is an EEO/AA employer, and does not discriminate on the grounds of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, transgender status, gender expression, national origin, citizenship status, age, disability, genetic information or veteran’s status in employment, education, and all other programs and activities. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies: Amie Parker, Interim Director of Equal Opportunity, 101 North Stevens Hall, University of Maine, Orono, ME  04469-5754, 207.581.1226, TTY 711 (Maine Relay System).

Fiscal Year (12 Months)

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