Villanova University

Postdoctoral Researcher in Experimental Condensed Matter Physics

Department of Physics

Posting Number: 2020728F
Position Title: Postdoctoral Researcher in Experimental Condensed Matter Physics Position Type: Faculty
Location: Villanova, PA
Recruitment Type: Internal/External Applicants
Work Schedule: full-time/12-months
Department: 186-Physics

Position Summary:
The Department of Physics at Villanova University invites applications for a postdoctoral position in Experimental Condensed Matter Physics in the 2D Materials Laboratory of Prof. Scott Dietrich. This is a grant-funded position and is subject to continuing based on the availability of funding. The successful candidate will investigate highly interacting electronic states in van der Waals materials at low temperatures and high magnetic fields. This project involves nanoscale device fabrication using cleanroom facilities, electrical transport measurements, and microwave spectroscopy measurements. It also contains strong ties to collaborating institutions, requiring the postdoctoral researcher to communicate closely with partnering teams.

The Villanova Physics Department is dedicated to excellence in teaching and research, and we recognize the importance of involving our undergraduates in cutting-edge research. We are particularly interested in candidates who can contribute in such an atmosphere. Teaching opportunities are available for interested candidates. This is a fixed-term appointment funded for one year from the date of hire, with a possibility of continuing for an additional two years.

Villanova is a Catholic university sponsored by the Augustinian order. Diversity and inclusion have been and will continue to be an integral component of Villanova University’s mission. The University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and seeks candidates who understand, respect, and can contribute to the University’s mission and values.

Duties and Responsibilities:
The postdoctoral researcher will be responsible for nanofabricating samples for characterization, working with collaborators (remotely and in-person) on microwave experiments.

Minimum Qualifications:
Ph.D. in Physics or related field, strong research experience in 2D electronic systems, some nanofabrication experience.

Preferred Qualifications:
The ideal candidate will have experience in the following areas:

  • Mechanical assembly van der Waals heterostructures
  • Nanofabrication
  • Magnetoresistance measurements
  • Microwave design and measurements
  • Dilution fridge operation
  • Previous usage of the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory in Tallahassee, FL

Special Message to Applicants:
Applications must be submitted to and must include a cover letter, CV with publication list, 3-page statement of the applicants research interests, and the names and contact information for three references who will be contacted via email to submit confidential letters of recommendation when the application is submitted. Anticipated start date is January 2021 (flexible). Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until suitable candidates are found. For more information, please feel free to email Scott Dietrich at

Salary Posting Information: Competitive
Job Classification: faculty

References Needed

  • Minimum Number of References Needed: 3
  • Maximum Number of References Needed: 3

Required Documents

  1. Cover Letter / Letter of Interest
  2. Resume / Curriculum Vitae
  3. Statement of Research Interests

Optional Documents

  1. Letters of Reference
  2. Transcripts
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Last updated: 2021-01-12