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Postdoctoral Researcher: Theoretical Attosecond Spectroscopy

General description of position
The Theoretical Attosecond Spectroscopy group (TAS) at the Department of Physics and CREOL, University of Central Florida, invites applications for a Post-Doctoral Research position on computational atomic and molecular physics, with a start date prior to May 31, 2017.

The TAS group, established in March 2016 by Assistant Professor Luca Argenti, is interested in the description of time-resolved correlated-electron dynamics in atoms and small molecules. Dr. Argenti’s group, which currently comprises two PhD and two senior undergraduate students, conducts its research in close collaboration with leading theoretical and experimental groups around the world, active in the field of photoelectron spectroscopies. These include the two preeminent attosecond-science groups at UCF led by Prof. Zenghu Chang and Prof. Michael Chini. The successful candidate will work with Dr. Argenti, in the main campus of the University of Central Florida, to develop new ab initio codes for atomic photoionization.

Information about Group and Departments
Please visit the websites of the Department of Physics, the College of Optics & Photonics, and Dr. Argenti’s web page for additional information.

Job description
The successful candidate is expected to: play a primary role in the development of new computational methods for the description of the electronic continuum of polyelectronic atoms and molecules, as part of the research effort of the group; carry out original research in attosecond dynamics in collaboration with the other members of the group; communicate the results of his/her research in scientific publications and at conferences; contribute to the writing of research proposals in support of the activities of the group. The initial appointment will be for one year with extension to two years, contingent on performance. Longer extensions will be contingent on both performance and funding. The successful candidate may start as soon as March 1st and no later than May 31, 2017.

Required minimum qualifications
The candidate must have: 1) a Ph.D. in theoretical physics, theoretical Chemistry, or related fields; 2) a track record of original contributions to the scientific literature in the field of AMO physics; 3) a primary interest in pursuing a career in research, as well as an academic profile that justifies this ambition; 4) extensive experience in programming; 5) fluency in written and spoken English; 6) the ability and will to take service at UCF in Orlando, FL, before May 31, 2017.

Preferred qualifications
Preference will be given to candidates with experience in one or more of the following areas: photoionization and strong-field physics; design and development of ab initio electronic-structure codes; software development; fluency in programming languages for scientific applications, such as Fortran 2003/2008 and C/C++.

Special instructions to applicants
To apply, the candidates must send the following documentation by e-mail to Dr. Argenti (, before Saturday February 18, 2017:

  1. A cover letter (pdf) explaining why they believe they meet the qualifications required and preferred for the position, what are their research interests, how they matured them, and why they think the position on offer is consistent with their academic trajectory.
  2. The curriculum vitae (pdf), including a complete list of their publications with links to the corresponding web pages.
  3. A pdf copy of their Ph.D. thesis.
  4. A copy (pdf) of their titles and transcripts.
  5. To illustrate their experience in code construction, the candidates can also upload examples of their original code in separate documents.
  6. The candidates must arrange for three letters of reference, including one from their PhD advisor, to be sent by e-mail directly to Dr. Argenti no later than Monday February 20, 2017.
Shortlisted candidates will be contacted in a timely manner to schedule an online interview.

About University of Central Florida and Orlando
UCF is a large and fast-growing public research university, with a vibrant Department of Physics and a College of Optics & Photonics, CREOL, that has few equals in the world. It is an inclusive institution that actively promotes diversity, through its Office of Diversity and Inclusion, and its Multicultural Academic & Support Services. Since 2015, UCF Physics Department is one of the six National APS Bridge Program sites.

Orlando has seen rapid growth and economic expansion in recent years and is a center for the life sciences, medical innovation and technological developments. That’s why Orlando ranked No. 4 on Forbes’ 2015 best cities for future job growth and No. 13 for fastest-growing cities in the U.S. And why Fast Company magazine has included Orlando in its list of “Best Cities for Innovation.” Plus the sunshine and warm climate create a perfect environment to live, work and explore.

Orlando is itself an open, diverse, multicultural, joyful city, surrounded by a glorious nature, great weather, and offering a high quality of life at a comparatively low cost.

Background Screening Statement:
In connection with your application for employment, the University of Central Florida may procure a Background Screen on you as part of the process of considering your candidacy as an employee.

UCF is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.
All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply, including minorities, women, individuals with disabilities, and veterans.
As a Florida public university, UCF makes all application materials and selection procedures available for public review.

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