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Thank you for your interest in our research program.

Our group welcomes motivated and enthusiastic students who are eager to contribute to theoretical investigations in the field of Nanophotonics, Plasmonics, Charge transport, etc. Each group member works on his/her own research project, as well as on joint projects.
Strong interactions are encouraged between our theory and simulation group and experimental groups here at Rice but also internationally. There is a strong emphasis on individual professional development, where all members develop a broad range of skills and knowledge, and are supported for their personal initiatives.

Graduate Student Openings

Every year we have 1-2 openings for new graduate students. The admission to graduate school at Rice University is handled by a special admission committee without input from individual research groups. We strongly encourage students who have been admitted to Rice to contact us quickly if they have an interest in joining our  group. For further information about the admission process please visit the Graduate Study page from the:


Postdoctoral Positions in Theoretical Nanophotonics


Joint postdoctoral positions available at Beijing Computational Science Research Center (CSRC) and Rice University

Applications are invited for joint postdoctoral positions with Prof. Shiwu Gao at Beijing Computational Science Research Center (http://www.csrc.ac.cn), and Professor Peter Nordlander at Rice University (http://nordlander.rice.edu) in the area of quantum plasmonics and related applications. A PhD in physics, chemistry, materials science, or a related discipline is a requisite. Experience with first-principles and/or model simulations on the electronic excitation and optical properties is required.  The initial appointment is for two year with one year at CSRC and one year at Rice. The starting annual salary is 240,000 RMB and a housing allowance. For candidates with non-Chinese citizenship, it is possible to apply for additional support from the foreign postdoc program of the National Science Foundation of China.  Applications should include curriculum vitae including a description of current and past research activities, a publication list, and arrange for two letters of recommendations to be sent directly to swgao@csrc.ac.cn and nordland@rice.edu with a subject line "CSRC-RICE joint Postdoc". After prescreening, some candidates may be notified that an additional letter of recommendation is needed. 


Deadline for receipt of applications: 30 Oct 2019.