Curriculum Vitae

Heung-Sik Kim
Postdoctoral Associate
Department of Physics and Astronomy 
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
136 Frelinghuysen Rd, Piscataway, NJ 08854

    hk676 _at_ (work email)
    heungsikim _at_ (personal email)

Research Interest

Understanding effects of spin-orbit coupling in correlated electron systems and searching for emergent phases originating from the cooperation between spin-orbit coupling and electron correlations. I have been focusing on symmetry-protected topological insulator/semimetal phases, frustrated magnetisms, and coupling between lattice-charge-spin-lattice degrees of freedom in transition metal compounds and heterostructures. Density functional theory and dynamical mean-field theory methods are employed to simulate material properties and to construct low-energy effective model for any given system, distilling the essence of physics from ostensibly complex materials. Ultimately, I aim to explore the full potential of SOC and electron correlations for exploiting the interplay between spin, charge, lattice, and orbital degrees of freedom and for devising novel emergent phenomena and functional materials. More details can be found here. 

  • 2005-2013 : Doctor of Philosophy, Seoul National University, Korea, under supervision of Prof. Jaejun Yu.
  • 2001-2005 : Bachelor of Science, Seoul National University, Korea
Employment History
  • Mar. 2017 - Present : Postdoctoral AssociateRutgers, The State University of New Jersey, USA
  • Sep 2014 - Feb. 2017 : Postdoctoral research fellow, University of Toronto, Canada
  • Mar 2013 - Aug 2014 : Postdoctoral research fellow, Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, Korea
  • Oct 2011 - Oct 2012   : Student researcher, Korea Institute of Science and Technology Information, Korea
Awards and Honors
  • 2013-2014 : Basic Science Research Program, National Research Foundation of Korea (Grant No. 2013R1A6A3A01064947)
  • 2007-2008 : Seoul Science Fellowship, Seoul Metropolitan Government
  • DFT code experiences : OpenMX, VASP, Elk, QuantumEspresso, Wien2k, Wannier90, Phonopy
  • Programming languages experiences : C/C++, Python, Fortran 77/90
  • Parallel programming experiences : MPI, OpenMP, OpenCL(1.0)
  • Miscellaneous : Experiences in building and managing home-brew linux clusters
Invited Talks
  • Sep 2014 : “Spin-orbital entangled molecular jeff states in lacunar spinel compounds”, Condensed matter physics seminar, University of Toronto, Canada
  • Jun 2014 : "Spin-orbital entangled molecular jeff states in lacunar spinel compounds", Condensed matter physics journal club, Seoul National University, Korea
  • Jun 2013 : "Molecular-t2, and molecular jeff states in 5d transition metal chacogenide compounds GaM4X8 (M=Ta,W, X=S,Se,Te) : Recent progress"CFI-CES Workshop, Institute of Basic Science, Korea
Selected Publications