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|  Mailing address:|| David Vanderbilt
Board of Governors Professor
Department of Physics and Astronomy
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
136 Frelinghuysen Road
Piscataway, NJ 08854-8019 USA
In recent decades, first-principles methods of computational electronic-structure theory have provided extremely powerful tools for predicting the electronic and structural properties of materials, using only the atomic numbers of the atoms and some initial guesses at their coordinates as input. My principal interests are in applying such methods to study the dielectric, ferroelectric, piezoelectric, and magnetoelectric properties of oxides. These may be simple bulk materials, or they may be superlattices or other nanostructured composites in which surface and interface effects are important. I also have an abiding interest in the development of new theoretical approaches and computational algorithms that can extend the reach and power of these first-principles methods. In particular, our group has made contributions to pseudopotential theory, the theory of electric polarization, the study of insulators in finite electric fields, the theory of Wannier functions and their applications, and the role of Berry phases and Berry curvatures in dielectric and magnetoelectric phenomena.
Package for generating ultrasoft pseudopotentials.
Library of ultrasoft pseudopotentials designed and optimized for use in high-throughput DFT calculations.
Package for postprocessing a set of Bloch functions to obtain a maximally localized set of Wannier functions.
Package for setting up and solving model tight-binding Hamiltonians, with a rich feature set for computing properties related to Berry phases and curvatures, written in Python for accessibility and flexibility.
Postprocessing tool for calculating topological invariants. The method is based on tracking the evolution of hybrid Wannier function centers (or Wilson loop eigenvalues) to compute Z2 invariants, Chern numbers, etc.
Applications are being accepted for a postdoctoral position to be supervised jointly by Profs. Karin Rabe and David Vanderbilt in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Rutgers University, to start in fall of 2018. The target areas include: inorganic ferroelectric, multiferroic, and multifunctional systems; structural/electronic/magnetic phase transitions; and topological insulators and semimetals. Expertise in first-principles density-functional methods is essential. Interested applicants should email David Vanderbilt (email@example.com) with a CV attached in PDF format and should supply names and contact information for two or three references. Please use "Computational Materials Theory Search" as the subject line.