Materials Science Postdoctoral Fellowship

The Princeton Center for Complex Materials (PCCM), an NSF-supported Materials Research Science and Engineering Center (MRSEC), announces the competition for the 2020 PCCM Materials Science Postdoctoral Fellowship is closed (deadline was Nov. 15, 2020)

These prestigious postdoctoral positions are intended for early-career scientists with a research focus on materials science and engineering (Princeton postdocs are also eligible to apply). Ph.D. is required. Successful candidates will be appointed in Fall 2020 for a full-time, 12-month period as a postdoctoral research associate (or more senior), renewable annually for up to three years based on performance and funding.

The selected fellow(s) will join the research group of a current PCCM investigator. The current list of investigators and their areas of research, which include topological quantum matter and harnessing disordered macromolecular structures for living and soft matter can be found at: It is suggested that applicants email the PI(s) they would be interested in working with. 

Applications must be submitted online at Applications will require curriculum vitae (CV), list of publications, and a statement of your proposed research plans at PCCM (indicate which PI(s) you would be interested in working with). Applicants will need to provide contact information for two references who will be solicited to provide letters of recommendation. All applications and supporting materials must be submitted by the application deadline date of November 15, 2020, 11:59 p.m. EST). These position are subject to the University's background check policy.

Requisition No: D-21-PSM-00001

Princeton University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. 

2021 PCCM postdoctoral fellows

  • Lauren Taylor: Dr. Taylor earned her Ph.D. in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering from Rice University under Professor Matteo Pasquali. At Princeton, Lauren will be working with Prof. Richard Register and Prof. Rodney Priestley to study the effect of copolymer sequencing on condensed phase morphology.
  • Abigail Plummer: Dr. Plummer earned her Ph.D. from Harvard University while working with Prof. David Nelson. At Princeton, Abigail will be working with Prof. Andrej Košmrlj  focusing on mechanics in morphogenesis.

  • Ambika Somasundar: Dr. Somasundar earned her Ph.D. in chemical engineering from the Pennsylvania State University, with Prof. Ayusman Sen and Prof. Darrell Velegol. As a PCCM postdoctoral fellow, Ambika will be working with Princeton Prof. Howard Stone on particle penetration into bacterial biofilms. 

  • Meera Ramaswamy: bio to be updated (Dr. Ramaswamy will be working with Prof. Sujit Datta; tentative start date 1/1/2022).

2019 PCCM postdoctoral fellows

  • Christie Chiu: Dr. Chiu recently earned her Ph.D. from Harvard University, where she worked on Prof. Markus Greiner's lithium quantum gas microscope team. As a PCCM Postdoctoral Research Associate, Christie will be working with Professor Andrew Houck studying condensed matter physics with superconducting circuits.
  • Sehmus Ozden: Dr. Ozden earned his Ph.D. from Rice University in Materials Science and the Nanoengineering Department while working with Prof. Pulickel M. Ajayan. As a PCCM postdoctoral fellow, Sehmus will be working with Prof. Rodney Priestley and Prof. Craig Arnold.
  • Xiaomeng Liu: Dr. Liu earned his Ph.D. from Harvard University while working with Professor Philip Kim's group. Xiaomeng will be working with Professor Ali Yazdani focusing on two-dimensional materials and twisted bilayer graphene samples that host exotic quantum behavior, including unconventional superconductivity.

2018 PCCM postdoctoral fellow

  • Navid Bizmark: Dr. Bizmark earned his Ph.D. from the University of Waterloo, Canada, while working with Professor Marios Ioannidis' group. Navid will be working with Professor Rodney Priestley focusing on generating Pickering emulsions with structured colloids and hybrid polymer/inorganic nanostructured systems.

2017 PCCM postdoctoral fellows

2016 PCCM postdoctoral fellow

  • Antonia Statt; Dr. Statt completed her Ph.D. in physics at the Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz, Germany in October 2015 after three years working with Professor Kurt Binder's group. She worked with the Panagiotopoulos group at Princeton and is now an Assistant Professor at the University of Illinois (Materials Science & Engineering Department).