Assistant Project Scientist in Department of Physics
University of California Berkeley, College of Letters & Science - Physics
United States


Assistant Project Scientist - Department of Physics - University of California, Berkeley.

The Department of Physics at the University of California, Berkeley seeks applications for an Assistant Project Scientist in the area of theoretical and computational nanoporous materials. The expected start date is March 2019.

This is a full-time, 100% appointment.

As part of the Neaton Research Group in the Physics Department at UC Berkeley, the Assistant Project Scientist will use advanced van der Waals-corrected density functional theory (DFT) calculations, many-body perturbation theory, molecular dynamics, and calculations of chemical shifts relevant to NMR measurements to investigate novel mechanisms of CO2 adsorption in amine-appended metal–organic frameworks (MOFs) in close collaboration with experimental groups.

The Assistant Project Scientist will develop new predictive theoretical methods and understanding of promising candidate MOFs for CO2 and other gaseous molecule capture, including an understanding of key structural features and kinetics. Based on this research, the incumbent will seek new MOFs for optimal CO2 binding with state-of-the-art DFT calculations and, in close collaboration with experiment, work to realize exceptional adsorbent materials for selective CO2 capture.

Responsibilities will also include the development of new capabilities such as new understanding, new electronic structure methods, and new web-based software relevant for understanding and predicting CO2 capture in complex amine-appended nanoporous materials. Additionally, the candidate will take a senior leadership role in the Neaton research group, and work with junior members to facilitate continue productive interactions in related fields with
UC Berkeley and LBNL staff.

Basic qualifications: (Required at the time of application)
Advanced degree at the time of application.

Additional qualifications: (Required by start date)
A PhD (or equivalent international degree) required by start date of the job.

Preferred qualifications:
Relevant fields/disciplines: Physics, Chemistry, Materials Science, or Electrical Engineering. Research in theoretical and computational chemistry with an emphasis on fundamental and applied aspects of diamine-appended metal–organic frameworks. Experience in developing strong working relationships and collaborating with diverse team members.

Salary and Benefits:
Salary range: $60,600 to $74,200 (full-time, 100% rate). Starting salary will commensurate with experience. For information on UC Benefits, please visit:

To apply, please go to the following link:

This position will remain open until filled.

Please direct questions to Jeffrey Neaton at
For inquiries of an administrative nature, contact Christy Welden at

Should letters be requested, all letters will be treated as confidential per University of California policy and California state law. Please refer potential referees, including when letters are provided via a third party (i.e., dossier service or career center), to the UC Berkeley statement of confidentiality: prior to submitting their letters.

Diversity statement:
The department is interested in candidates who will contribute to diversity and equal opportunity in higher
education through their work.

Family friendly statement:
UC Berkeley has an excellent benefits package as well as a number of policies and programs to support employees as they balance work and family.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. It is the policy of the University not to engage in discrimination against or harassment of any person employed or seeking employment with the University of California on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender, gender expression, gender identity, pregnancy, physical or mental disability, medical condition (cancer-related or genetic characteristics),
genetic information (including family medical history), ancestry, marital status, age, sexual orientation, citizenship, or service in the uniformed services.

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Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.

  • Cover Letter

  • Statement of Research

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