[20201200] Post-doctoral position at Harvard, USA

I am seeking to appoint a postdoctoral fellow in my high-pressure research group in the physics department at Harvard. The position is immediately available.

The research program: This position is for research at high pressure using diamond anvil cells and mainly optical techniques. The main thrust of our research program is to study element 1 and its isotopes, hydrogen/deuterium/HD, by pressurizing into the multi-megabar region. We have recently made metallic hydrogen at low temperatures and pressure close to 500 GPa. I am looking for someone interested in this challenging research to investigate the properties of the hydrogens: (super) conductivity, reflectance, meta-stability, structure, etc. Critical to achieving very high pressures is preparation of the DACs and pressurization at low temperatures. Our lab is well equipped with high-pressure apparatus including several diamond anvil cells, several CW and pulsed lasers, optical and IR spectroscopic equipment, high and low temperature apparatus, etc. We also have direct access to the Harvard Center for Nanoscale Sciences with wonderful facilities.

My preference is for a person with a physics background and with diamond anvil cell experience, and/or laser and optical experience. Any subset of these experiences would be useful, but DAC experience is most important. All qualified candidates will be considered. Harvard University is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and encourages applications from women and members of minority groups.

If interested, please apply by e-mail (Silvera@physics.harvard.edu), Lyman Laboratory of Physics, Harvard University, Cambridge MA 02138. Interested candidates should send a CV, publication list, and have three reference letters sent to me (include the reference list in your application).

Isaac F. Silvera