[Neutron] Postdoc and GRA Positions in Physics and Chemistry of Liquids at UIUC

Yang Zhang zhyang at illinois.edu
Wed Jul 4 06:36:37 CEST 2018

Motivated and ambitious postdoctoral researchers and graduate research
assistants (GRA) are invited to join Prof. Yang Zhang’s research group in
the area of *Physics and Chemistry of Liquids under
Extreme/Interfacial/Non-equilibrium Conditions* at University of Illinois
at Urbana-Champaign.

The research of our group focuses on the *physics and chemistry of liquids,
especially under extreme/interfacial/non-equilibrium conditions*. We
synergistically combine and push the boundaries of *accelerated atomistic
simulation methods* that are based on statistical and quantum mechanical
theories and *neutron and X-ray scattering experiments*. By studying a
variety of liquids and liquid-like systems, the goal is to unravel the
emergent principles that govern a much wider range of *long timescale
phenomena and rare events*.

Immediately, we have one postdoc and several GRA positions to work on the
following projects. Outstanding postdoc candidates can be considered for
the Beckman fellowships (

   - [postdoc]
*Study of the emergent properties (solvation, transport,
   kinetically-trapped structures) of liquids at interfaces, especially in
   redox flow battery environment, using neutron and X-ray scattering
   experiments and first-principle and accelerated atomistic simulations.   *
   - [GRA]
*Study of the collective excitations in liquids (metallic, water, ionic)
   and liquid-like matter, at and away from equilibrium, using neutron
   scattering experiments, kinetic theory, and atomistic simulations. *
   - [GRA] *Development of accelerated atomistic simulation and rare event
   sampling methods (with applications to long timescale phenomena such as
   supercooled liquids and glass transition, nucleation and crystal growth,
   molecular self-assembly, materials aging and degradation, etc.)*

The experiments are usually performed at the neutron and synchrotron user
facilities at national laboratories around the world. Solid background in
theories and programming are essential. Physics, Chemistry, and EECS majors
are preferred, but other majors are also welcome.

For more information, please contact (with a CV, and contact information of
two references (for postdoc position)):

Yang Zhang, Associate Professor

Department of Nuclear, Plasma, and Radiological Engineering
Department of Materials Science and Engineering
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Email: zhyang AT illinois DOT edu
Web: http://zhang.engineering.illinois.edu
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