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Post Doctoral Researcher, Chemistry & Biochemistry

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College / VP Area: College of Arts & Sciences
Work type: Staff
Location: Newark
Categories: Research & Laboratory, Full Time

Context of the Job:

For a collaborative research project, the groups of Prof. Benjamin Jungfleisch and Prof. Lars Gundlach at the University of Delaware, Newark, Delaware, are looking for a Postdoctoral Researcher in THz spectroscopy of magnetic materials. The project involves fabrication and characterization of magnonic and spintronic heterostructures. The position's main focus lies on time-resolved time-domain THz spectroscopy that is employed for investigating the dynamics in novel quantum materials as part of the MRSEC CHARM center at UD.

The Gundlach group is developing and using femtosecond time-resolved spectroscopic and microscopic techniques to investigate excited state dynamics in solid state materials and hybrid materials. THz excitations and transduction of magnonic, plasmonic, and excitonic excitations is governed by the coupling between these constituents and occurs on time-scales as short as a few femtoseconds. The necessary experimental techniques to study these processes in real time are developed, improved, and applied to novel materials systems in our group. Related publications can be found here: (1), (2)

The Jungfleisch group experimentally studies the underlying physical principles of solid-state magnetic and spintronic materials. A particular focus is investigating spin dynamics and excitations, their interaction with microwave signals and light, and the potential development of spin-based applications in low-power information technologies that could help achieve a carbon-neutral future. Related publications can be found here: (1), (2), (3)


  • Operating and improving the time-resolved time-domain THz spectroscopy setup, including the amplified femtosecond laser system
  • Synthesis, nanofabrication and characterization of magnetic heterostructures
  • Conducting experiments on novel quantum materials
  • Assists with special projects and performs miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned.



Frequently required to use personal protective equipment to prevent exposure to hazardous materials. 


  • Applicants should have a PhD in Physics, Materials Science, Chemistry, or related fields.
  • Priority will be given to candidates with a strong demonstrated background in ultrafast laser spectroscopy, standard fabrication techniques, and characterization of magnetic/spintronic materials.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills in English.
  • Experience in the development and application of femtosecond time-resolved TDTS, in ultrafast spin transport and magnetization dynamics in magnetic materials will be viewed favorably.
  • Demonstrates an understanding and consideration of the differing needs and concerns of individuals with varying identities, cultures and backgrounds.
  • Committed to fostering a workplace culture of belonging, where diversity is celebrated and equity is a core value.



Applicants should submit a CV including a list of publications and at least three references.

The initial appointment is for one year; renewal is subject to performance and availability of funds. The anticipated start date is March 1, 2023.


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