Penn State University

University Park, Pennsylvania

August 10, 2021

Open Until Filled

The Department of Materials Science and Engineering at The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA is seeking a Postdoctoral Scholar to conduct fundamental research in the areas of optical spectroscopy, microscopy and ultrafast probing of electronic and optical materials.

The candidate should have experience in ultrafast lasers and optics, spectroscopy, and preferably nonlinear optics. The candidate will conduct studies on Raman, magneto-optics, low temperature and high magnetic field microscopy, and ultrafast pump-probe experiments on strongly correlated electron systems, topological insulators, 2D materials, thin films and nonlinear optical crystals. The candidate is expected to actively collaborate with many research groups, conduct independent research, write journal papers and interact closely with graduate students.

A Ph.D. or equivalent doctorate in materials science, physics or other relevant fields is required by the effective date of employment.

Interested applicants must apply online and should include the following PDF documents with their application: (i) Cover letter, (ii) CV, and (iii) Publications.

Questions about the position can be directed to Venkatraman Gopalan at

This is a limited term appointment funded for one year from the date of hire with possibility of renewal.

The Pennsylvania State University’s College of Earth and Mineral Sciences takes an active role in building a talented, inclusive, and culturally competent workforce. We understand that our shared future is guided by basic principles of fairness, mutual respect, and commitment to each other. Applicants should provide evidence, either woven through their application materials or as a separate diversity statement, of a commitment to fostering diversity, equity, inclusive excellence, and belonging and of engagement which creates an inclusive environment in their department/workplace.

Apply online at–Materials-Science—Engineering_REQ_0000017601-1

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