Assistant Project Scientist in Theoretical and Condensed Matter Physics
University of California Berkeley Department of Physics
United States

Assistant Project Scientist -Theoretical AMO and Condensed Matter Physics - Department of Physics

Job #JPF02926
  • Physics / College of Letters & Science - Mathematical & Physical Sciences / UC Berkeley

Application Window

Open date: April 23rd, 2021

Next review date: Friday, May 7, 2021 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

Final date: Monday, May 24, 2021 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.

Position description

The Department of Physics at the University of California, Berkeley seeks applications for an Assistant Project Scientist to work in the area of theoretical AMO and condensed matter physics, specifically in the area of numerical simulations based on quantum Monte Carlo, high temperature superconductivity, nematic quantum criticality, topological phases of matter, and strongly correlated quantum materials. This full-time (100%) position is for one year in duration, with an expected start date in Spring/ Summer 2021.

The position will be in the group of Professor Norman Yao, in the Physics Department, University of California, Berkeley. The group’s research interests lie at the interface between atomic, molecular and optical physics, condensed matter, and quantum information science. In particular, recent projects have focused on realizing non-equilibrium phases of matter, understanding the dynamics of quantum thermalization and measuring the intrinsic properties of topological phases.

The job duties and responsibilities of this position entail performing numerical simulations of strongly-correlated systems, collaborating with experimental groups to understand and analyze measurements, oversight and mentorship of students working in related areas, and the writing and preparation of papers.

Basic qualifications (must be met at the time of application):
Ph.D. or equivalent international degree.

Additional qualifications (must be met by the start date of the job):
Five years of work experience post Ph.D.

Preferred qualifications:
Expertise in numerical techniques such as quantum Monte Carlo simulations, the density matrix renormalization group, Krylov subspace methods; expertise in understanding experimental data (e.g. heat capacity, dielectric properties, magneto-transport etc.); expertise in topological phases of matter; expertise in strongly correlated systems.

Salary and Benefits:
Salary range: $70,000 to $74,300 (full-time, 100% rate). Starting salary will be commensurate with experience. For information on UC Benefits, please visit:

This position is in a represented bargaining unit.

To apply, please go to the following link:

The position will remain open until filled.

Please direct questions to Norman Yao, 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. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see:

Application Requirements

Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.
  • Cover Letter
  • Statement of Research
  • Statement on Contributions to Advancing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion - Statement on your contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion, including information about your understanding of these topics, your record of activities to date, and your specific plans and goals for advancing equity and inclusion if hired at Berkeley (for additional information go to
  • Publications List
Reference requirements
  • 2-3 required (contact information only)
Job location
  • Berkeley, CA

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