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Postdoctoral Research Associate - Department of Physics and Astronomy, Eberly College of Arts and Sciences

West Virginia University Research Corporation
United States, West Virginia, Morgantown
886 Chestnut Ridge Road (Show on map)
October 23, 2023

The department of Physics and Astronomy in the Eberly College of Arts at Sciences with the West Virginia University Research Corporation is accepting applications for a Postdoctoral Research Associate.

About the Opportunity

The position will support research in quantum magnets including Kagome- and alter-magnets using molecular beam epitaxy growth, atomic-scale characterization using scanning tunneling microscopy/spectroscopy, and angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy.

What You'll Do

  • Molecular beam epitaxy of quantum magnets, and their characterization using scanning tunneling microscopy/spectroscopy, angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy.
  • Attend research conferences and read scientific literature to keep abreast of technological advances and current research findings. Search scientific literature to select and modify methods and procedures most appropriate for research goals.
  • Independent experimental data analysis, maintain detailed logs of work-related activities, including accurate laboratory records and data on research methods, procedures, and results. Maintain lab equipment; keep accurate inventory of lab assets; monitor and assure proper use and conditions of lab equipment. Assure compliance with research protocols and safety requirements.
  • Write and present research/study status reports for review and use of the Principal Investigator.
  • Prepare results of experimental findings for presentation to colleagues and the sponsor; at professional/technical conferences; and/or, for publication in scientific journals.


  • A Ph.D. in Physics or a related field.
  • A minimum of two (2) years of experience involving:

    • Low-temperature scanning tunneling microscopy.
    • Molecular beam epitaxy.

  • A minimum of one (1) year of experience in angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy.
  • Knowledge of band structure and topology of quantum materials.
  • Good verbal and written skills, ability to effectively communicate with researchers and graduate assistants.
  • Excellent time and workload management skills.
  • Strong personal interaction skills.
  • Ability to present results, organize and maintain documentation as required.
  • Ability to apply advanced statistical concept.


  • Lift and carry items of 25 lbs or less or transport such items by cart.
  • Work will be performed in a standard laboratory environment, using computers and laboratory equipment with electrical connections.
  • There will be exposure to laboratory chemicals, electrical supplies, but protective measures will be provided.

About Research Corporation

The WVURC was created as a not-for-profit corporation in 1985 to support research (R1) at West Virginia University. We provide evaluation, development, patenting, management, and marketing services for inventions of the faculty, staff and students of the University.

The WVURC receives and administers funds awarded by external agencies for research and other activities and is responsible for helping protect intellectual property through patents, copyrights and licensing agreements for start-up companies based on University research.

West Virginia University Research Corporation is proud to be an Equal Opportunity employer. We value diversity among its employees and invites applications from all qualified applicants regardless of race, ethnicity, color, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, nationality, genetics, disability, or Veteran status.

Job Posting : Sep 28, 2023
Posting Classification : Research Corporation
Exemption Status : Exempt
Benefits Eligible : Yes
Schedule : Full-time