The research group of Prof. Lilia Woods (University of South Florida, Tampa, FL, has an opening for a postdoc researcher in theoretical/computational condensed matter physics/materials science. The project focuses on long-ranged fluctuation-induced interactions in systems with Dirac-like spectra. More specifically, the goal is to develop theoretical and computational methods to understand the fundamental nature of how van der Waals and Casimir interactions, for example, evolve in materials with reduced dimensions and/or topologically non-trivial phases. Emphasis will be placed on understanding the electronic and optical response of materials including non-linear effects and novel plasmon phenomena. The successful candidate will have strong background in theoretical condensed matter and/or computer programming proficiency. A PhD in theoretical condensed matter physics, math or theoretical chemistry is a requirement. Candidates with knowledge about properties of topologically-nontrivial materials and/or experience with Wannier function computational schemes are particularly encouraged to apply. The project is collaborative and involves working with experimentalists and other theorists.

This is a three-year position with annual contract renewal upon satisfactory productivity and mutual agreement. Interested candidates should send a cover letter, a CV containing a full publication list, and the contact information of three references to by August 31, 2021. The position is expected to start in September/October of 2021.