Assistant Professor in Experimental Condensed Matter Physics - 15608BR

Assistant Professor in Experimental Condensed Matter Physics

Physics and Astronomy
University of Kansas - Lawrence
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Position Overview

The Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Kansas (KU) seeks applicants for an Assistant Professorship in experimental condensed matter physics (CMP) with an emphasis on quantum information science or areas closely related to it to begin August 18, 2020.

The KU condensed matter physics group has research programs on nanomaterials, renewable energy, low-dimensional physics, superconductivity, quantum computing, organic semiconductors, ultrafast laser spectroscopy, and computational condensed matter physics. The group also plays a key role in promoting university-wide material research efforts. Qualifying candidates must have a doctorate degree in physics or a closely related field. A strong record of research and commitment to excellence in teaching are required. Candidates with research interests in quantum information science or areas closely related to it and compatible with the existing efforts in the department are particularly encouraged to apply. Ability to make use of existing infrastructure and equipment within the department is preferred.

The University of Kansas is dedicated to creating a diverse, equitable, and inclusive working and learning environment. Individuals who are committed to furthering these causes are encouraged to apply. We especially welcome applicants from groups traditionally underrepresented in Physics and Astronomy. This includes, but is not limited to, women, racial and ethnic underrepresented minorities, and LGBTQIA individuals as well as those residing at the intersection of these axes. In addition, candidates with experience and/or demonstrated potential to effectively contribute to a diverse and inclusive learning environment are especially encouraged to apply.

In a continuing effort to enrich its academic environment and provide equal educational and employment opportunities, the university actively encourages applications from members of underrepresented groups in higher education.

The successful candidate must have appropriate work authorization by time of appointment.

Job Description

40% - Research: The Department of Physics & Astronomy maintains a national profile of high quality faculty research. An active and productive research program with impactful publications in condensed matter physics and related areas is expected, as it contributes towards establishing and maintaining a national and international reputation.

40% - Teaching/Advising:
  1. Teach two classes per academic year in physics at the graduate or undergraduate levels.
  2. Participate in the advising of undergraduate and graduate students.
  3. Participate in the advising of masters and doctoral students with the goal of actively participating as a dissertation/thesis director and professional mentor for doctoral students; supervise Honors students.
  4. Conduct course evaluation with student input as directed by the university.
  5. Hold regular office hours for students of courses taught.
  6. Adhere to program, College, and University Policies.
20% - Service:
  1. Attend Departmental meetings.
  2. Contribute service to the Department and perform other related duties and special projects as assigned.
  3. Serve on committees at the Departmental, College, and University levels as the opportunities arise.
  4. Participate in professional service that may include reviewing scholarly articles, activity in national organizations, organizing meetings or workshops.
  1. Develop and conduct a vigorous research program in condensed matter physics.
  2. Teach two courses in physics per academic year at the graduate or undergraduate levels.
  3. Participate in service work for the Department, College, and University.
  4. Supervise undergraduate, M.S. and Ph.D. students.
  5. Participate in national professional conferences and meetings, publish research results in major journals of the discipline, and conduct other activities appropriate to the discipline.
All faculty members are expected to act in a manner that promotes collegial relationships and shows respect toward students, staff, and colleagues. Faculty members are expected to meet satisfactory standards of performance in all three areas of responsibility and to carry out those responsibilities in accordance with the Faculty Code of Rights, Responsibilities, and Conduct.

Required Qualifications

  1. Doctorate degree in physics or closely related field.
  2. Established record of research in experimental condensed matter physics, materials physics or other areas closely related to quantum information science.
  3. Commitment to excellence in teaching physics at graduate and undergraduate levels, as evidenced by teaching statement.

Preferred Qualifications

  1. At least two years of research experience in quantum information science or areas closely related to it.

Additional Candidate Instructions

A complete online application includes the following materials:
  1. Cover letter;
  2. Curriculum Vitae;
  3. Research Statement (up to 5 pages);
  4. Teaching Statement (up to 2 pages);
  5. Names, email, addresses and contact information for at least three (3) references.
Applicants should arrange for electronic letters of reference to be emailed to:
Professor Hume Feldman, Chair
Department of Physics & Astronomy
University of Kansas

Only complete application packages submitted online will be considered. As part of the materials above, applicants should inform us of their contribution and engagement in areas of diversity, equity, and inclusion. As a result, applicants will be presented the following questions at the time of application. Each response must be within 4,000 characters or less.
  • Please describe your experience, approach or methodologies to create and implement inclusive teaching and advising practices, pedagogical techniques and course materials to create an inclusive classroom environment.
  • In your current and/or previous role, please provide an example outlining how you demonstrate your ongoing commitment in working with diverse groups/populations.
Initial review of applications will begin November 1, 2019. For full consideration, all application documents and reference letters must be received by this date. The position will remain open as long as needed to identify a qualified pool of applicants.

Contact Information to Applicants

Professor Hui Zhao

Advertised Salary Range

Commensurate with experience

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