Physics Tenure Track Assistant Professor in Quantum Science/Experimental Condensed Matter at University of Denver
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The Department of Physics & Astronomy at the University of Denver (DU) invites applications for a tenure-track assistant professor position to begin in September of 2024. We seek candidates with research interests in experimental condensed matter physics whose research and teaching will support an initiative in Quantum Materials and Information Science, which launched with one faculty member already hired in 2022. All areas broadly related to quantum materials and information sciences will be considered, with potential for collaboration with existing research areas on campus and in the surrounding areas a particular plus. The successful candidate will possess enthusiasm for teaching both undergraduate and graduate courses, and demonstrate promise of developing an independent extramurally funded research program that involves both Ph.D. and undergraduate students. Though we intend to focus on experimental candidates, a theoretical or computational candidate with exceptionally strong match to the position and the department may be considered. More information about the department can be found at https://physics.du.edu.
Applications for this position must be submitted through https://jobs.du.edu/en-us/job/496813/physics-tenure-track-assistant-professor-in-quantum-scienceexperimental-condensed-matter and should include a cover letter, CV, statements of teaching philosophy and research plans, one-page statement of how the applicant can contribute to DU’s values, practices, and actions regarding diversity, equity and inclusivity, and names and contact information for at least three references. Applications completed before January 1, 2024, will be assured full consideration, but the selection process will continue until the position is filled.
The successful candidate will possess enthusiasm for teaching both undergraduate and graduate courses, and demonstrate promise of developing an independent extramurally funded research program that involves both Ph.D. and undergraduate students. The teaching load for junior and research-active faculty is one course per quarter. Instructors are required to independently develop new courses and to participate in undergraduate and graduate curriculum development. Assistant Professors are required to develop an independent research program and attract significant extramural funding. Other duties involve service commitments to the department, college, university, and professional community.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
Ability to teach classes in different modalities (in-person, hybrid, and online) at both undergraduate and graduate levels
Ability to carry out both independent and collaborative research activities
Demonstrated ability to work collegially and collaboratively with diverse internal and external constituencies
Ability to communicate with diverse audiences
Standard office environment.
Unexpected interruptions occur often and stress level is moderate to high.
Noise level is quiet to moderate.
Ability to sit in front of a computer for an extended period of time.
Occasionally required to move about the office/campus with the capability of transporting objects up to 20 lbs.
While the University's administrative offices are open Monday – Friday, 8:00 am – 4:30 pm, faculty schedules vary from term to term and are based on courses taught, service commitments, and research agendas. The University's academic calendars are posted on the registrar's website (the law school is on a semester system and has a different academic calendar).
For best consideration, please submit your application materials by 4:00 p.m. (MST) January 1, 2024.
Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.
Candidates must apply online through https://jobs.du.edu/en-us/job/496813/physics-tenure-track-assistant-professor-in-quantum-scienceexperimental-condensed-matter to be considered. Only applications submitted online will be accepted.
Salary Grade Number:
The salary grade for the position is UC.
The salary range for this position is $90,000 - $92,000.
The University of Denver has provided a compensation range that represents its good faith estimate of what the University may pay for the position at the time of posting. The University may ultimately pay more or less than the posted compensation range. The salary offered to the selected candidate will be determined based on factors such as the qualifications of the selected candidate, departmental budget availability, internal salary equity considerations, and available market information, but not based on a candidate’s sex or any other protected status.
The University of Denver offers excellent benefits, including medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO pass. The University of Denver is a private institution that empowers students who want to make a difference. Learn more about the University of Denver.
Please include the following documents with your application:
Statement of Research Plans
Statement of Teaching Philosophy (up to two pages including approach to working with a diverse student population)
Diversity Statement (one page)
The University of Denver is an equal opportunity employer. The University of Denver prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, ancestry, age, religion, creed, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, pregnancy, genetic information, military enlistment, or veteran status, and any other class of individuals protected from discrimination under federal, state, or local law, regulation, or ordinance in any of the University's educational programs and activities, and in the employment (including application for employment) and admissions (including application for admission) context, as required by Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972; the Americans with Disabilities Act; Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973; Title VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964; the Age Discrimination Act of 1975; the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967; Equal Pay Act; Colorado Equal Pay for Equal Work Act; the Colorado Protecting Opportunities and Workers' Rights ("POWR") Act; and any other federal, state, and local laws, regulations, or ordinances that prohibit discrimination, harassment, and/or retaliation. For more information, please see the University of Denver's Non‑Discrimination‑Statement.
All offers of employment are contingent upon satisfactory completion of a criminal history background check.
Advertised: September 22, 2023
Applications close: Open until filled