Assistant Professor

Denver, CO
Apr 23, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

University of Colorado - Department of Physics

Assistant Professor

The Department of Physics at the University of Colorado Denver (CU Denver) invites qualified candidates to apply for a tenure-track position at the level of Assistant Professor in areas of computational and/or theoretical physics that connect with ongoing interests of the department. This includes condensed mater/soft matter physics, high-energy and particle astrophysics, optical biophysics, superconducting magnetic sensors, non-linear dynamics, and fluid mechanics. The successful candidate will be expected to establish a sustainable research program, to include undergraduates in research projects, and to supervise independent student projects.

CU Denver is one of three institutions within the University of Colorado system. Our urban campus is located in the heart of the city's commercial, cultural and recreational districts. We have positioned ourselves to be one of the top urban research universities in the country. Additionally, our downtown campus merged twelve years ago with the Anschutz Medical Campus (CU Anschutz) to become one integrated university. The inclusion of CU Anschutz allows faculty to conduct interdisciplinary work in biomedical/health related research. The Carnegie Foundation has classified CU Denver as RU/VH: Research Universities (very high research activity).

The Physics Department currently has four full-time tenure-track faculty members along with instructors, clinical faculty, and lecturers. Successful candidates will join a small but growing department committed to undergraduate research experiences, with connections to the interdisciplinary Master's program in Integrated Sciences and with plans to develop a graduate certificate program. The Department currently offers B.S. degrees in physics with tracks in Pure & Applied Physics and Biophysics/Medical Physics. The Physics Department is orientated towards applied research and builds upon connections with Colorado's many research centers, including CU Anschutz, the National Institute of Standards and Technology, and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory.

CU Denver's location in downtown Denver attracts a diverse student population, comprising primarily commuters, many of whom are working students aiming at career advancement. We are committed to a philosophy of inclusion, embedded in all aspects of campus life, including community members, curriculum, research, and community service. We aim to create a learning environment that welcomes, encourages, and celebrates the unique and shared experiences of faculty, staff and students.

The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences takes pride in having a faculty of excellent scholars and practitioners. We attract enthusiastic and hard-working students and our goal is to develop them into dedicated scholars of physics, creative problem solvers, and practical thinkers and doers. Providing an education of enduring value to our students is at the heart of our College mission.


Required Qualifications:

  • A successful candidate must: have earned a Ph.D. in Physics (or a closely related field) prior to appointment
  • Have completed at least one postdoctoral experience (or equivalent)
  • Demonstrate a strong commitment to students and to teaching across the Physics curriculum
  • Demonstrate the ability to develop a research program that includes external grants and/or industrial collaboration
  • Have high-quality communication and interpersonal skills.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • A successful candidate should:
  • Be broadly trained
  • Have potential for successful interaction with students from diverse multi-cultural backgrounds (e.g.,international and underrepresented minorities)
  • Have potential for successful interaction with non-traditional students (e.g., working students with families) in an urban university setting
  • Have a serious commitment to undergraduate education, including the ability to teach a wide range of courses at the undergraduate level for both majors and non-majors.

Salary and Benefits:

Salary is commensurate with skills and experience. The University of Colorado offers a full benefits package. Information on University benefits programs, including eligibility, is located at

The University of Colorado Denver is dedicated to ensuring a safe and secure environment for our faculty, staff, students and visitors. To assist in achieving that goal, we conduct background investigations for all prospective employees.

The University of Colorado strongly supports the principle of diversity. We encourage applications from women, ethnic minorities, persons with disabilities and all veterans. The University of Colorado is committed to diversity and equality in education and employment.

The Immigration Reform and Control Act requires that verification of employment eligibility be documented for all new employees by the end of the third day of work. Alternative formats of this ad are available upon request for persons with disabilities.

Special Instructions to Applicants:Review of applications will begin December 1, 2016, and continue until the position is filled. For more information, contact Faculty Search Committee, Department of Physics, CB 157, University of Colorado Denver, PO Box 173364, Denver, CO, 80217-3364. Information about the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences can be found at:

Application Materials Required:Cover Letter, Resume/CV, List of References, Statement of Research Philosophy, Statement of Teaching Philosophy

Application Materials Instructions:

Applications are accepted electronically at CU Careers, refer to requisition ID: 06758

When applying, applicants must include:
  1. A letter of application which specifically addresses the job requirements and outlines qualifications
  2. A current Resume/CV
  3. The names, addresses, daytime telephone numbers and e-mail addresses for three professional references, either attached to your resume/CV or uploaded as a separate document
  4. A statement of teaching philosophy
  5. A statement of research interests and proposed activities
Please be advised that the University does check references as part of the employment process.

Please do not submit any of your application material (via email) to the job posting contact.

Job Category: Faculty

Primary Location: Denver

Department: D0001 -- Denver Campus - 30108 - CLAS-Physics

Schedule: Full-time

Posting Date: Sep 9, 2016

Closing Date: Ongoing

Posting Contact Name: Dawn Arge

Posting Contact Email:

Position Number: 00707850


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