Theoretical postdoc at LANL: molecular qubits

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Friday, April 29, 2022

A position is available for a talented and motivated postdoctoral researcher with a strong background in one of the following areas and the ability/willingness to learn and collaborate with the experts: (i) theory and modeling of quantum photon emission properties of hybrid nanoscale semiconductor-molecular materials influenced by photonic/plasmonic cavities and/or waveguides; (ii) theory of molecular nanomagnet qubits, EPR spectroscopy of interacting spins, spin and/or photon correlations; (iii) electronic structure theory and first-principles modeling of molecular qubits influenced by environmental fluctuations including spin-phonon interactions. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to engage with a dynamic, multidisciplinary experimental and theoretical research team that bridges fundamental science with applications and results-oriented device development and integration.

Job Requirements:
Knowledge and experience in one of the following:
• Theoretical/computational quantum optics/plasmonics.
• Experience with quantum effects in molecular or solid-state systems
• Electronic structure theory and atomistic simulation of materials.
Education/Experience: Ph.D. in either theoretical/computational quantum optics/photonics, condensed matter theory, or theoretical physical chemistry completed within the last 5 years or soon to be completed.

Desired Qualifications:
• Analytical skills in the theory of open quantum systems
• Experience of using or willingness to learn QuTiP or other similar quantum optics packages
• Experience to work on the theory of molecular qubits, and modeling of correlated spin dynamics in open systems
• First-principles modeling of magnetic properties of molecular spins interacting with environment
• Good communication and writing skills
• Ability to work well with others in a multi-disciplinary team
• Willingness to work productively on multiple projects

Note to Applicants:
• The appointment is for 2 years, with a possible extension for the 3rd year
• Contact about this position to one of the project members: Andrei Piryatinski (, Nikolai Sinitsyn ( ), or Yu Zhang ( ).
• Send a cover letter and your CV to start the application process. At least 3 letters of recommendation are desirable, and will be required before the final interview.

This position will be physically located at Theoretical Division ( and will require on-site presence following division’s COVID-19 guidelines.

Located in northern New Mexico, Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) is a multidisciplinary research institution engaged in strategic science on behalf of national security. LANL enhances national security by ensuring the safety and reliability of the U.S. nuclear stockpile, developing technologies to reduce threats from