Assistant Professor in Theoretical Condensed Matter Physics

Search #: 495555
Work type: Full-time
Location: Storrs Campus
Categories: Faculty Tenure Track

INTRODUCTION

The University of Connecticut (UConn) is pleased to invite applications for a faculty position in the Department of Physics in Theoretical Condensed Matter Physics at the rank of full-time tenure-track Assistant Professor to begin August 2022. While we are seeking qualified candidates with strong research interests in dynamics of interacting quantum matter, machine learning and materials informatics, quantum sensing and technology, and other synergistic growing areas, candidates from all areas of condensed matter physics will be considered.

The Physics Department has 33 tenure-track faculty members, 184 undergraduate majors, and 84 graduate students and has recognized groups actively engaged in research in condensed matter, atomic physics, astronomy, nuclear, particle physics, geophysics, and physics education. Some areas of particular departmental strength include strong collaborations with the Institute of Materials Science at UConn, the Simons Foundation, the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, as well as Brookhaven, Argonne, Lawrence Berkeley, SLAC, Los Alamos, Oak Ridge, Fermi, and Jefferson National Labs. The Department recently moved to a fully-renovated building, which includes research labs, offices, theory suites, meeting/seminar rooms, and state-of-the-art Studio Physics teaching labs.

The successful candidate will be expected to establish a strong research program and contribute to impactful research and scholarship through extramural funding, high quality publications, impact as measured through citations, and national recognition such as honorific awards. The successful candidate will share a deep commitment to effective instruction at the undergraduate and graduate levels, including Studio Physics, innovative courses and instruction methods, and mentoring of students in research, outreach, and professional development. Successful candidates will also be expected to broaden participation among members of under-represented groups; demonstrate through research, teaching, and/or public engagement the commitment to, and support of, diversity in the learning experience; integrate multicultural experiences into instructional methods and research tools.

Founded in 1881, the UConn is a Land Grant and Sea Grant institution and member of the Space Grant Consortium. It is the state’s flagship institution of higher education and includes a main campus in Storrs, CT, four regional campuses throughout the state, and 13 Schools and Colleges, including a Law School in Hartford, and Medical and Dental Schools at the UConn Health campus in Farmington. The University has approximately 10,000 faculty and staff and 32,000 students, including nearly 24,000 undergraduates and over 8,000 graduate and professional students. UConn is a Carnegie Foundation R1 (highest research activity) institution, among the top 25 public universities in the nation. Through research, teaching, service, and outreach, UConn embraces diversity and cultivates leadership, integrity, and engaged citizenship in its students, faculty, staff, and alumni. UConn promotes the health and well-being of citizens by enhancing the social, economic, cultural, and natural environments of the state and beyond. The University serves as a beacon of academic and research excellence as well as a center for innovation and social service to communities. UConn is a leader in many scholarly, research, and innovation areas. Today, the path forward includes exciting opportunities and notable challenges. Record numbers of undergraduate applications and support for student success have enabled the University to become extraordinarily selective.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

  • Earned Ph.D. in Physics or related field; equivalent foreign degrees are acceptable.
  • Demonstrated ability to initiate and lead an independent research program in theoretical condensed matter physics.
  • An established record of publications in major scientific journals.
  • Evidence of potential for excellence in teaching.
  • A deep commitment to promoting diversity through their academic and research programs

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • Ability to establish a strong research program
  • A leadership role in active, ongoing research in theoretical condensed matter Physics
  • At least two years of post-doctoral experience.
  • Strong teaching skills.
  • Ability to contribute through research, teaching, and/or public engagement to the diversity and excellence of the learning experience.

APPOINTMENT TERMS

This is a full-time, 9-month, tenure-track position with an anticipated start date of August 23, 2022. The successful candidate’s academic appointment will be at the Storrs campus. Faculty may also be asked to teach at one of UConn’s regional campuses as part of their ordinary workload. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT

Employment at the University of Connecticut is contingent upon the successful candidate’s compliance with the University’s Mandatory Workforce COVID-19 Vaccination Policy.  This Policy states that all workforce members are required to have or obtain a Covid-19 vaccination as a term and condition of employment at UConn, unless an exemption or deferral has been approved. 

Employment of the successful candidate is contingent upon the successful completion of a pre-employment criminal background check.

TO APPLY

Please apply online to Academic Jobs Online https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/19352 and submit the following application materials:

  • A cover letter,
  • Curriculum vitae,
  • Research and scholarship statement (innovative concepts that will form the basis of academic career, experience in proposal development, mentorship of graduate students, etc.);
  • Teaching statement (including teaching philosophy, teaching experience, commitment to effective learning, concepts for new course development, etc.);
  • Commitment to diversity statement (including broadening participation, integrating multicultural experiences in instruction and research and pedagogical techniques to meet the needs of diverse learning styles, etc.);
  • Sample journal articles or books
  • Three (3) letters of reference.

Evaluation of applicants will begin on December 1, 2021. Any questions regarding this position should be directed to Professor Alexander Balatsky or cmp.faculty.search@uconn.edu. For more information regarding the Department of Physics please visit the Department website at http://physics.uconn.edu

At the University of Connecticut, our commitment to excellence is complemented by our commitment to building a culturally diverse community.

This position will be filled subject the budgetary approval.

All employees are subject to adherence to the State Code of Ethics which may be found at http://www.ct.gov/ethics/site/default.asp.

The University of Connecticut is committed to building and supporting a multicultural and diverse community of students, faculty and staff. The diversity of students, faculty and staff continues to increase, as does the number of honors students, valedictorians and salutatorians who consistently make UConn their top choice. More than 100 research centers and institutes serve the University’s teaching, research, diversity, and outreach missions, leading to UConn’s ranking as one of the nation’s top research universities. UConn’s faculty and staff are the critical link to fostering and expanding our vibrant, multicultural and diverse University community. As an Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity employer, UConn encourages applications from women, veterans, people with disabilities and members of traditionally underrepresented populations.

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