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Postdoctoral Research Associate (Fundamental Quantum Physics lab) (Apply) 

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Postdoctoral Research Associate

Position Details:

Summary of Duties:

The Fundamental Quantum Physics lab at Washington State University (WSU) has an open position for a postdoctoral researcher.  Prof. Engels’ group conducts a multifaceted research program in the area of ultracold quantum gases, including dilute-gas Bose-Einstein condensates (BECs) and degenerate Fermi gases (DFGs).  Current research directions include, among others, spin-orbit coupling and artificial gauge field in BECs, quantum hydrodynamics including multicomponent solitons and quantum turbulence, and ultracold atoms in microgravity.  For more information on our group, please visit  Our group enjoys many fruitful collaborations with local, nation and international theory groups.

Required Qualifications:
PhD in Physics or related field

Preferred Qualifications:
The ideal candidate should have a PhD in Physics, be highly motivated, have extensive experience with ultracold quantum gas experiments, have a track record of scientific publications relevant to quantum gases, and be prepared to assume a leading role in one of our experiments.  They are expected to assume day-to-day responsibilities in the lab, actively participate in the supervision of graduate and undergraduate students performing research in the lab and contribute to the preparation of manuscripts and presentations at conference.  Our group maintains a highly collegial work environment in which all team members work together in a positive manner.  The Department of Physics and Astronomy at WSU comprises an international group of graduate researchers and values diversity at all levels.

Additional Information:

Monthly Salary:
Commensurate with experience, education, and University policy
FTE: 100%
Tenure Track: No
Permanent/Temporary: Temporary
Position Term in months: 12 mo
Overtime Eligibility: Overtime eligible
City, State, Zip: Pullman, WA 99164
Department Link:

Background Check:
This position has been determined to require a background check.

Screening Begin Date:
Screening will begin on March 1, 2021, and will remain ongoing until a successful candidate has been identified.

Special Instructions to Applicants:
Applicants must attach the following documents to their online application: 1) resume, 2) summary of work experience and research interests, and 3) publication record. Application materials should clearly communicate how the applicant meets all required qualifications and additional requirements. Applicants are required to include contact information for professional references within the application.

Required Documents:
Please upload only the below documents to your application.

  • A full Curriculum Vitae

  • A summary of work experience and research interests (upload as “Cover Letter”)

  • Publication record

Time Type:  Full time

Position Term: 12 Month


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