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Postdoc Associate Position at Pitt

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Postdoctoral position on Nonequilibrium Correlated Quantum Matter in Dr. Juan José Mendoza Arenas' group at the University of Pittsburgh

We are looking for enthusiastic candidates with a strong theoretical research background and interest in performing cutting-edge collaborative work in the area of nonequilibrium correlated quantum matter. This exciting and timely research is motivated by seminal advances on highly selective control of diverse quantum materials and simulators, on recently discovered effects with no counterpart in equilibrium, and on the current interest in using them for developing efficient quantum technologies with applications in several fields of science and engineering. In particular, the project aims at analyzing the complex dynamics that emerge in many-body quantum systems when driven to nonequilibrium scenarios through schemes such as excitation
by light (e.g., Floquet engineering, cavity-mediated phenomena) or coupling to different types of environments (dissipation-enhanced effects). Both analytical and computational calculations will be carried out, and collaborations with experimentalists will be sought when possible.

A Ph.D. in materials science, physics, computational modeling, and related areas is required.
Expertise in tensor network methods is desirable but not indispensable.

In addition, interest in the simulation of many-body quantum systems in quantum computing devices is welcome.
The successful candidate is expected to:

  • Collaborate with the PI and Ph.D. students to develop high-impact research in the
    mentioned area.
  • Propose and develop original ideas and projects.
  • Present results in high-impact journals and national/international conferences.
  • Contribute to the presentation of grant proposals.
  • Help train new graduate students.

The postdoc position will initially be for two years, with possible extensions depending on available funding. A competitive salary, funds for traveling (conferences, academic visits), and computational equipment will be provided.
The required documents for the application are:

  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Cover Letter
  • Research Statement
  • Two Reference Letters

The position will remain open until filled.

For any inquiries, please contact Dr. Juan José Mendoza Arenas via email (

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