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Cornell Laboratory for Atomic and Solid State Physics

Bethe/KIC Postdoctoral Fellowship in Theoretical Physics at Cornell’s Laboratory of Atomic and Solid State Physics

Cornell University’s Laboratory of Atomic and Solid State Physics is soliciting applications for the Bethe/KIC Postdoctoral Fellowship.

This prize fellowship will provide an outstanding theoretical physicist the opportunity to work with theorists and experimentalists in Cornell's physics department. Our group ( has broad interests in hard and soft condensed matter physics, including: cold atom physics, biophysics, statistical physics, hydrodynamics, electronic structure theory, materials science, strongly correlated electrons, nanoscience, computational physics and superconductivity. We also have growing efforts incorporating machine learning into studies of condensed matter physics.

We actively encourage applications from diverse and historically underrepresented candidates.

Please submit a CV, publication list, and a 1-3 page research statement to this website at

Applicants should arrange to have three letters of reference sent to the same website- one of which should be from the candidate's PhD adviser. Applications received by September 30, 2019 will receive full consideration and may also be considered for other Cornell University named Postdoctoral Fellowship Programs (i.e. the Presidential and Klarman Fellowships). Please note that candidates must have the pre-approval of a Cornell faculty sponsor to be considered for a Presidential or Klarman Fellowship. Cornell faculty sponsorship is recommended, but not required, for the Bethe/KIC Fellowship. Please review our website to identify potential matches within LASSP:


Bethe/KIC Fellows become lifetime members of the Society of Cornell Fellows - an organization of fellows who received named, prestigious, and competitively awarded postdoctoral fellowships at Cornell. This position is supported in part by the Hans Bethe Postdoctoral Fellowship and by the Kavli Institute at Cornell.

Diversity and Inclusion are a part of Cornell University’s heritage. The College of Arts and Sciences at Cornell embraces diversity and seeks candidates who will create a climate that attracts students and faculty of all races, nationalities, and genders. We strongly encourage women and underrepresented minorities to apply. Cornell University is a recognized EEO/AA employer and educator, valuing AA/EEO, Protected Veterans, and Individuals with Disabilities.

Current Bethe/KIC Fellow

Dr. Samuel Lederer, Bethe/KIC Fellow, PhD Stanford University (Theoretical Condensed Matter Physics)

Sam’s research will use a variety of numerical and analytic methods to break new ground in the quantum many body problem, with particular focus on high temperature superconductivity and unconventional transport phenomena. Professor Eun-Ah Kim (LASSP/Physics) is  Lederer’s faculty sponsor.


Bethe/KIC Alumni

Dr. Yi "Frank" Zhang, Assistant Professor, Department of Physics and International Center for Quantum Materials, Peking University


David Zeb Rocklin, Assistant Professor of Physics at Georgia Tech