The National Institute of Standards and Technology, through its partnership with the Joint Quantum Institute at the University of Maryland, is seeking a talented experimentalist for a postdoctoral appointment in thermal transport physics. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to pursue fundamental studies of solid-state heat transport in the quantum regime, with the goal of improving the measurement science of electrothermal effects in structures relevant to quantum information and low-temperature detectors. Experimental efforts will involve design and fabrication of micro- and nanostructures, device characterization at room temperature, and transport measurements at millikelvin temperatures.
Perform, or assist in the development of, design, fabrication, and characterization of devices suitable for transport experiments
Develop methods and techniques for precision measurement of electrothermal quantities at low temperatures
Present research results at conferences and publish scientific results in peer-reviewed journals
Ensure compliance with environment, safety, health and quality program requirements
A Ph.D. degree in physics, electrical engineering, or a related field completed within the last five years
Demonstrated experience in low-temperature (10 K down to 50 mK) measurements and techniques
Experience operating cryogenic equipment, including wet and dry cryostats, adiabatic demagnetization refrigerators, or dilution refrigerators
An understanding of thermal transport physics at low temperatures (e.g., electron-phonon interactions, heat transport in confined geometries).
Experience in microfabrication and device characterization in a cleanroom environment
Excellent interpersonal skills, oral and written communication skills, and the ability to communicate in English to an international scientific audience
Ability to work independently, but also develop and engage in new collaborations to improve scientific understanding and productivity
Familiarity with computer automation of experiments and programming experience in MATLAB, or similar technical computing language, especially as it relates to simulation of thermal transport physics.
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