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Our lab welcomes applications for a postdoctoral fellow position in the area of in situ scanning transmission electron microscopy (STEM) of quantum materials. We seek to visualize and control quantum phases of matter at the atomic scale using low temperature STEM coupled to in situ and ex situ electrical manipulation. This combination will allow us to not only correlate atomic-scale insights with macroscopic electronic properties but also to induce novel phenomena in quantum materials. We plan to investigate a variety of material platforms, from layered 2D chalcogenides to quasi-1D crystals to atomically engineered oxides and more.

We invite applicants with (1) a strong background in high-resolution scanning transmission electron microscopy, (2) experience in the analysis of microscopy/spectroscopy data for uncovering subtle phenomena, and (3) experience or strong interest in any of the following: strongly correlated electron systems and other quantum materials, in situ transmission electron microscopy techniques (biasing/heating/strain), cryogenics, transport characterization, or nanofabrication.

The candidate will benefit from close contact with the PI (Dr. Ismail El Baggari) at the interdisciplinary Rowland Institute and engagement with the broad quantum research community at Harvard University. Our lab has a dedicated in situ cryogenic/electrical TEM holder for custom low temperature experiments, a 1.5K/9T cryostat system for ex situ characterization of the same devices used in in situ STEM experiments, and a suite of sample preparation tools. For microscopy experiments, our group will use aberration-corrected electron microscopes (JEOL ARM 200F, forthcoming Hitachi HF-3300), focused ion beams and other imaging tools located at the Harvard Center for Nanoscale Systems.

To apply, please send the following to

  • a cover letter describing your past research and a future research project you might want to perform in our lab (2 pages max). This will serve a starting point for discussion.
  • an academic CV
  • contact information for 2-3 references

Undergraduate Students

Our group seeks to provide undergraduate students with engaging research projects in the field of materials physics. To discuss opportunities, contact