Job openings

Postdoctoral research associates:

I am happy to work with any applicant interested in applying for external research funding to support a visit to our lab. In the past, we have had success with the NATO/NSF and DFG postdoctoral fellowship programs. Applicants must be interested in pursuing projects on the spectroscopy of novel electronic and magnetic materials. Please contact Professor Musfeldt to discuss opportunities.

Graduate research assistants:

Our research area is experimental materials chemistry and physics. We employ a variety of spectroscopic methods to reveal and control the properties of quantum materials. External stimuli are used to tune these properties in order to explore new physical phenomena and uncover properties of technological relevance. Current research directions include (i) understanding coupling processes in multiferroic oxides, (ii) functionality from enhanced spin-orbit coupling in 4- and 5d-containing materials, (iii) phase diagrams and properties of molecule-based multiferroics, and (iv) unveiling the response of nanoscale materials and defect structures.

We have active collaborations at several national labs including Argonne, Brookhaven, Lawrence Berkeley, the Magnet Lab, Los Alamos, and Oak Ridge. We also have extensive international collaborations. Both provide graduate students with important educational opportunities.

Application materials for the University of Tennessee's graduate program in Chemistry can be found on the departmental web site. Current University of Tennessee graduate students interested in our group should make an appointment to discuss research opportunities with Professor Musfeldt.

We also accept students from the Physics and Materials Science departments. Interested students are urged to apply to the appropriate department.

Undergraduate research assistants:

From time to time, we select a small number of undergraduates to participate in on-going research projects. Please contact Professor Musfeldt for an interview if you are interested in this opportunity.