Assistant Professor in Physics

Mar 05, 2019
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Assistant Professor in Physics

Job Class Code: 00031
FLSA: Exempt
Posting Number: FRGV0832
Location: Brownsville, Texas
Appointment Period for Non-Tenure Position:
Tenure Status: Tenure Track
FTE: 1

Scope of Job:
The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley Department of Physics and Astronomy welcomes applications for a tenure track Assistant Professor position to begin in Fall 2019. Responsibilities include delivering quality instruction within the undergraduate and graduate programs in Physics, conducting research, and participating in service activities.
The department offers Bachelor's and Master's degrees. The department has strong research focus on gravitational wave, radio, and optical astronomy, applied optics and lasers, nanotechnology, nanophotonics, biophysics, condensed matter physics, computational physics and physics education. Members of the NASA and NSF funded Centers for Gravitational Wave Astronomy (CGWA) and Advanced Radio Astronomy (CARA) were involved in the landmark discovery of gravitational waves in 2015 that led to a Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics and a Nobel prize. There are six state-of-the-art laboratories funded by the NSF, NASA, NIH, and the US Air Force, and a space technology incubator (STARGATE) funded by the US EDA and Texas ETF.

Minimum Qualifications:
Ph.D. in Physics or related discipline from an accredited university.

Discipline Specific Required Qualifications:
Ph.D. in Physics or related discipline from an accredited university.

Preferred Qualification:
While the emphasis of the search is broadly in the areas of theory, observations, and experiments related to gravitation and relativistic astrophysics, candidates with a strong potential to develop an independent research program in other areas of interest to the department will be considered. The successful candidate is expected to attract extramural funding to support a vigorous research program. A strong record of independent publications is required. Existing externally funded research and mentoring of students in research are considered a plus.

Salary: Commensurate with Qualifications and Experience
License or Certification Required?:
Number of Vacancies: 1
Desired Start Date: 09/01/2019

EEO Statement:
UTRGV is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer that strives to hire without regard to race, color, national origin, sex, age, religion, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information or veteran status. UTRGV takes affirmative action to hire and advance women, minorities, protected veterans and individuals with disabilities.

Diversity Statement
UTRGV is a Hispanic-serving Institution dedicated to student success and building a diverse faculty committed to working in a multicultural environment. UTRGV has an NSF ADVANCE grant to increase the representation of women in STEM fields and to promote a positive, family friendly workplace for all faculty. We strongly encourage applications from women and minorities.

Open Date: 11/08/2018

Special Instructions to Applicants:
Dear Applicant,
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*Date of Birth
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Please make sure that you omit this information prior to submission. We are advising that Human Resources will be forwarding your application to the department as per your submission.

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Security sensitive; All UTRGV employees are required to have a criminal background check (CBC). CBCs will be conducted for all candidates invited for an on-campus interview.

Additional Information:
UTRGV is a distributed institution. As such and as assigned, the position may require presence at multiple locations throughout the Rio Grande Valley. Work is performed primarily in a general office environment. This position is security sensitive and thereby subject to the provisions of the Texas Education Code §51.215. The retirement plan for this position is Teacher Retirement System of Texas (TRS), subject to the position being at least 20 hours per week and at least 135 days in length. This position has the option to elect the Optional Retirement Program (ORP) instead of TRS, subject to the position being 40 hours per week and at least 135 days in length.

Department of Physics and Astronomy website:

Please Note:
Please Note Texas law requires faculty members whose primary language is not English to demonstrate proficiency in English as determined by a satisfactory paper-based test score of 500 (computer-based of 173 or internet-based of 61) on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or a satisfactory test score of 6.0 on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). Incomplete applications will not be considered. All positions are subject to budget approval.

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