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Internship Opportunities at Modern Electron

Modern Electron is a Seattle-based startup dedicated to developing breakthrough energy technologies. Our team is developing highly efficient, compact, and scalable solid-state thermionic generators, with the ultimate goal of making electricity cheaper and far more universally available for everyone. Our technology is supported by over $10MM in venture capital funding and by 14 issued patents, with 20+ more patents pending in the US and internationally.

Modern Electron is looking for talented graduate student interns in the physical sciences and engineering with a passion for energy technology. As a member of our R&D team, you will join an interdisciplinary group of nanofabrication and mechanical engineers, computational and experimental physicists, and material scientists, working collaboratively on team-based technology development projects. We are a tight-knit and data-driven organization, and our interns regularly spearhead projects and co-author patents.

Visit our website to learn more about our team and what we do. If you're interested in joining us for an internship, please apply here. If you are instead interested in a full time role, check out our several open positions here.

[posted October 31, 2017]

IQIM Postdoctoral Scholars at Caltech

The Institute for Quantum Information and Matter (IQIM) at Caltech invites applications for postdoctoral scholar positions in quantum science. IQIM investigators span Caltech's departments of physics, applied physics, and computer science, and are interested in a wide spectrum of both experimental and theoretical research topics. These topics include, but are not limited to, quantum information science, quantum many-body physics in condensed matter and atomic gas systems, topological states of matter, quantum optics and light-matter interactions at the quantum level, quantum cavity-optomechanics, and quantum metrology. IQIM also has active visitor, seminar, and outreach programs.

Apply online at

Electronic copies of the candidate's curriculum vitae, publication list, statement of research interests, and three letters of recommendation are required. Review of applications begins on Friday, December 1, 2017; applicants are strongly encouraged to submit all materials by that date. The appointment is contingent upon completion of a Ph.D.

If there are any questions during the search process, please contact For more information about IQIM, see

[posted October 23, 2017]

 Postdoctoral Fellowships at the Rockefeller University

The Center for Studies in Physics and Biology expects to have a small number of postdoctoral fellowships available for appointments in September 2018. We are seeking theoretical physicists, mathematicians and computer scientists with a demonstrable interest in the interface between their discipline and biology. The Fellows are to be at that stage of career as to function as independent members of the Center, free to work alone or in collaboration with any members of The Rockefeller University faculty. The appointment is nominally for two years, with a third year implicit, but based on mutual satisfaction.

The contents of all letters should be addressed to:
Center for Studies in Physics and Biology
The Rockefeller University
1230 York Avenue, Box 75
New York, NY 10065-6399

Applications should be e-mailed in PDF format to:

Applicants should submit curriculum vitae, including a list of publications, a research statement and three letters of recommendation by December 31, 2017. Consideration will be given to late received applications.

[posted October 23, 2017]

 Junior level faculty position in Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Physics, Columbia University

The Department of Physics at Columbia University seeks to appoint an assistant professor in the area of experimental atomic, molecular and optical physics, quantum optics, low-energy precision measurement or a related field starting on July 1, 2018. It is expected that the candidate will develop a vigorous independent research program, continuing the long Columbia record of forefront accomplishment in science.

Applicants must possess a doctoral degree in Physics or a related field and have demonstrated the ability to do pioneering experimental research as well as the promise of excellence in teaching and mentoring at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Candidates should submit with their application a cover letter, Curriculum Vitae (including a publication list), and brief
statements of research plans and teaching philosophy. Candidates should arrange for three letters of recommendation to be sent on their behalf. Please visit our online application site for further information about this position and to submit your application:

Review of applications and scheduling of interviews will begin on December 1, 2017 and will continue until the position is filled.

[posted October 11, 2017]

 Tenure Track Assistant Professor, NYU

The Center for Quantum Phenomena is the newly established Center within the NYU Physics Department. After the highly anticipated inaugural opening in June the Center is ambitiously pursuing the plans for future significant growth, and is committed to further the development and advancement in the field of quantum phenomena. Currently, the Center has 28 members, including faculty, postdocs and graduate students.

Successful candidates for this position should demonstrate the strong ability of establishing a leading research program in his/her field, as well as the essential qualities in becoming excellent teachers at the undergraduate and graduate levels. The interested applicants must provide a letter describing current and planned research and teaching activities, a curriculum vitae, list of publications, and the names of at least three references. The closing date for applications for this position is Wednesday, January 31, 2018. The position can begin as early as September 1, 2018. For further information about this search and the submission of the applications, please visit the webpage.

The applications from women, racial and ethic minorities, and other individuals who are under-represented in the profession, across color, creed, race, ethnic and national origin, physical ability, gender and sexual identity are strongly encouraged.

Application Deadline: January 31, 2018

[posted September 22, 2017]

 Predoctoral / postdoctoral fellowships for women from developing and emerging economies to pursue PhD or Postdoctorate studies in STEM, Schlumberg Foundation

The program’s long-term goal is to generate conditions that result in more women pursuing scientific careers by lowering the barriers women face when entering STEM disciplines, thus reducing the gender gap. Faculty for the Future Fellows are expected to return to their home countries after completion of their studies to contribute to economic, social and technological advancement by strengthening the STEM teaching and research faculties of their home institutions, and also to pursue positions in the public sector where their newly acquired technical and scientific skills can help provide evidence-based support for STEM policy making. In so doing, they become powerful role models and help to inspire other girls and women to pursue scientific careers.

Complete details at

Application Deadline: November 17, 2017

[posted September 26, 2017]

 Postdoctoral Research positions, Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics

Applications are now open for Postdoctoral Fellowships at Perimeter Institute to begin in fall 2018. Perimeter hosts the world’s largest group of independent postdoctoral fellows in foundational theoretical physics. At Perimeter, Postdoctoral Fellows are encouraged to formulate and pursue their own lines of research across all fields of theoretical physics, within a supportive and collaborative environment. They regularly interact with senior scientists, host collaborators, organize workshops and conferences, and participate in the training of graduate students. A unique mentoring system gives early-career scientists the feedback and support they need to flourish as independent researchers. Perimeter’s previous Postdoctoral Fellows have had excellent success in obtaining faculty or permanent positions at leading universities and research institutes around the world.

Located west of Toronto, in Waterloo, Canada, Perimeter Institute was founded in 1999 as an independent institute supporting research in foundational areas of theoretical physics. Perimeter is a leading centre in areas spanning quantum information, quantum foundations, quantum gravity, string theory, cosmology, mathematical physics, condensed matter and complex systems, and particle physics, combining insights from the full spectrum of physics. Postdoctoral Fellows also have opportunities to interact with scientists at the nearby Institute for Quantum Computing (IQC) and collaborate with researchers at experimental centres including: CERN, the European Space Agency, VISTA, VLT, the SKA and other observatories, SNOLAB and other astroparticle facilities, as well as LIGO and other gravitational wave detectors. The Institute’s growing research staff currently includes 40 full-time and part-time Faculty members, 55 Postdoctoral Researchers, and 54 Distinguished Visiting Research Chairs. The Institute hosts hundreds of visitors and conference participants throughout the academic year, in addition to its 61 graduate students, and 31 master’s-level students in Perimeter Scholars International.

Application Deadline: November 15, 2017

[posted September 26, 2017]

 Postdoctoral Fellowships for Academic Diversity, University of Pennsylvania

The Postdoctoral Fellowship for Academic Diversity Program is a competitive program whose goal is to increase the diversity of the community of scholars devoted to academic research at both the University of Pennsylvania and The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP).  Both organizations seek to attract promising researchers and educators from different backgrounds, races, ethnic groups, and other diverse populations whose life experience, research experience and employment background will contribute significantly to their academic missions. Fellowships are available for postdoctoral training in all areas of study at either Penn or CHOP. Successful candidates will receive mentored scholarly and research training as well as courses and workshops to enhance their research success skills and prepare them for a faculty position in a major university.

Complete details can be found at:

Application Deadline: November 3, 2017

[posted September 25, 2017]

 Postdoctoral Prize Fellowships in Experimental Physics or Astrophysics, Caltech

The Division of Physics, Mathematics and Astronomy offers a number of Prize Fellowships at the Postdoctoral Scholar level in Experimental Physics or Astrophysics. These Fellowships are to begin in Fall 2018 and are for a three-year duration. They carry an annual stipend and/or salary combination and offer an annual research expense fund.

This fellowship program has been established to offer scientists, typically within a few years after receipt of the Ph.D., the opportunity to pursue new and innovative experimental research. It is expected that this research will require the support and use of facilities of one of the established experimental groups at Caltech. The faculty’s research interests can be found via their web pages. In the case of astrophysics, only candidates whose focus involves instrumentation (i.e. is not purely observational) will be considered.

Applications should be submitted online. Electronic copies of the curriculum vitae with email address and with citizenship indicated, publications list (refereed papers on top), and statement of research interests are required. The research statement should be no more than 5 pages, excluding references. Electronic Portable Document Format (PDF) submittals are preferred. The applicant is requested to ensure that at least three letters of recommendation are submitted via the web link provided in the electronic application. Deadline for the application is November 3, 2017.

Fellowship candidates will automatically be considered for other available postdoctoral positions in their fields of interest.

For more information, see Email inquiries in regards to the application process may also be sent to

Application Deadline: November 3, 2017

[posted September 25, 2017]