Postdoctoral scientist in ultrafast THz control of quantum materials at Cornell University, New York, USA

The newly established Disa Lab in the School of Applied & Engineering Physics at Cornell University is seeking a motivated and talented postdoctoral scientist in the field of ultrafast control of quantum materials.

The postdoc’s primary research project will involve the development of novel tunable, high-intensity, narrowband THz frequency light sources, which will be used to manipulate the low energy degrees of freedom of various complex solids. The goal of the project is to integrate such THz excitation sources with state-of-the-art ultrafast probes (e.g. x-ray free electron lasers) to make first-of-their-kind measurements of non-equilibrium dynamics.


The ideal candidate will have strong technical skills in one or more of the following areas: ultrafast and nonlinear optics; THz spectroscopy; ultrafast x-ray science. In addition, the applicant should have scientific interest in functional quantum materials, correlated electron systems, emergent interfacial phenomena, and/or atomically layered heterostructures.
Applicants should have a Ph.D. in phyiscs, materials science, or a related field, or be nearing the completion of their degree.

Position Details
The position is available for an immediate start date and nominally lasts for 2 years, with the possibility of extension based on the needs of the project and the scientist.
The Disa Lab is committed to advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion in science, and qualified candidates with historically underrepresented backgrounds are encouraged to apply. Applications are also especially welcome from researchers from Germany. Prof. Disa is part of the Humboldt Network and eligible to host from postdoctoral researchers from Germany through the Feodor Lynen Fellowship.

Application Instructions
Applications should include a CV, a brief letter of interest, and contact information for 2 (up to 3) references. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

Please send all inquiries and application materials by e-mail to Prof. Ankit Disa,