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Research Assistant positions in UT research group on Quantum Magnetism in Materials and Devices

Wang Group: Quantum Magnetism in Materials and Devices
Department of Materials Science & Engineering
Department of Physics & Astronomy


FOR: Undergraduate students who are passionate about quantum science

RA positions are available in our brand-new research group in UTK working on Quantum Magnetism in Materials and Devices.

About the PI

Dr. Yishu Wang is an experimental physicist working on emergent phenomena in correlated electron systems, with a particular focus on quantum magnetism and its liaison with modern device technology. She joined UTK in Aug 2022 as an assistant professor in Department of Materials and Engineering, and Department of Physics and Astronomy. Before moving to Knoxville, she was a Postdoctoral Fellow of Institute for Quantum Matter in Johns Hopkins University, after she obtained the Ph.D. in physics from Caltech (2018), M.S. in physics from University of Chicago (2014), and B.S. in Engineering Physics from Tsinghua University (2013).

Research Interests

Our group is motivated to establish a research program in the interdisciplinary area of physics, materials science, and electrical engineering. More specifically, we seek to bring the manifestation of quantum mechanics from atomic to macroscopic scale, i.e., in materials, and to apply these so-called quantum materials to designing next-generation devices. The building block of the materials-based phenomena that we study is electron spin (instead of the commonly employed charge), which could demonstrate novel collective behaviors when many of them interact. Examples of topics we are interested in include (1) spin fluctuations across electronic phase transitions, such as superconductivity and metal-to-insulator transitions; (2) emergent/fractional quasiparticles in frustrated magnets and strongly correlated metals; (3) quantum-magnets-based spintronics devices. We command and develop a broad array of experimental techniques, such as neutron scattering with time-, momentum- and energy-resolutions, x-ray magnetic diffraction and optical Raman spectroscopy under high pressure, audio-frequency electrical and magnetic transport down to millikelvin(mK)-range, and spintronic devices tailored for one-dimensional spin-chain systems. We perform experiments both in our own lab and on large-scale facilities in national labs such as Oak Ridge National Lab (ORNL), National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), and Argonne National Lab (ANL).

Description of Openings:

As a new research group that seeks to establish a diverse and creative working environment, we set no strict requirements for background training. Especially for undergraduate RAs, the projects and training we offer are highly flexible and well-tailored for students. For your information, skills and knowledge that are particularly helpful for research in our group include:

  1. Basic-level design of mechanical parts and electrical circuits;
  2. AC-frequency electronics;
  3. Micro- and nano-fabrication skills/interests;
  4. Scientific programming for large-scale data analysis.

If none of the above fits your background but you are interested in research of quantum materials and devices in general, please still do not hesitate to reach out. We welcome new ideas and design projects that serve common interests for the group and individual members. You are always encouraged to join our reading group and/or pick a small side project before making official commitment.


If you are interested in more information, please contact Yishu directly through emails to We look forward to talking to you.


Posted 9-22-22