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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 2-3 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

Starting in the fall of 2016 and extending into 2017, we expect to have several openings for postdoctoral positions in the Theoretical Nanophotonics Group at Rice. We are looking for outstanding candidates with a solid background in condensed matter physics, physical chemistry, materials science, or electromagnetism.  The ideal candidate should have some experience with full-wave modeling of nanophotonics phenomena. The successful applicant also needs to have excellent communication skills and will be expected to partially supervise and train graduate students and to present research seminars. Our research projects are broad and flexible and include quantum and fundamental plasmonics, plasmon-induced hot carrier generation and applications, and plasmon-induced photothermal effects. The positions also involve computational modeling and analysis of experiments from a large number of experimental nanophotonics collaborators including the groups within the Rice Laboratory for Nanophotonics (LANP), and many US and international institutions. We offer generous compensation and benefits packages and do not discriminate in any manner.  Interested applicants should email a complete CV, a brief (< ½ page) description of research interests, and the names of three professional references to Prof. Peter Nordlander ( For more details of the activities in the group, please consult our webpage .