Assistant Professor in Experimental Condensed Matter Physics (Tenure Track)

Jacksonville, FL
Oct 12, 2019
Position Type
Tenured & Tenure-Track
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
Posting Details

Position Information

Job TitleAssistant Professor in Experimental Condensed Matter Physics (Tenure Track)Position Number322900Requisition NumberB07005Position TypeFaculty 9-10 MonthsClass CodeTime-limited throughType of AppointmentFull-Time, Tenure-TrackFaculty Position Sub-TypeRegularLength of Appointment9 monthsInternal Recruitment?NoWorking HoursDepartmentPhysicsOrganizationCOLLEGE OF ARTS & SCIENCES DivisionAcademic Affairs - DIVCollegeCollege of Arts and SciencesApproved Hiring Salary RangeNegotiablePay BasisAnnuallyEOD

In 2018, the University of North Florida (UNF) received the prestigious INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award, the only application-based national award for U.S. colleges and universities that exhibit an outstanding commitment to diversity and inclusion across their campuses. In addition, UNF ranked highest among the 80 HEED institutions and was also recognized as a 2018 Diversity Champion.

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Faculty Initiatives

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General Description / Primary Purpose

The Department of Physics at the University of North Florida (UNF) is seeking applications for a Tenure-Track Faculty Position at the Assistant Professor level in Experimental Condensed Matter Physics, to start in August 2020. The successful candidate will be able to excel at teaching courses throughout the physics curriculum, conduct externally funded research involving undergraduate students, and be committed to increasing the participation of women and underrepresented minorities in STEM fields. Applicants must have a Ph.D. in physics or a closely related field. Postdoctoral research experience is preferred.

UNF is a nationally ranked university located on an environmentally beautiful campus. UNF faculty are expected to maintain the highest standards of academic excellence in all phases of instruction, research/scholarship/creative activity, and service. The Physics faculty is committed to excellence in undergraduate instruction and research. Not including this position, the department’s tenure-track faculty consists of five condensed matter experimentalists, two condensed matter theorists, and three astrophysicists. The department has research facilities for materials synthesis, characterization, micro-fabrication, low-temperature measurements, and computational support and promotes interdisciplinary collaboration. More information is available on the department website ( Anticipated start-up funds for this position are approximately $150,000.

UNF is an EO/EA/AA Institution and committed to diversity in the workforce. Women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply.

Essential Duties

Job Function

Teaching in Experimental Condensed Matter Physics

Percentage Of Time75 Essential Duties

Job Function


Percentage Of Time12.5 Essential Duties

Job Function


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Marginal FunctionsRequired QualificationsFaculty Position Required Qualifications

Applicants must have a Ph.D. degree in physics or a closely related field. Postdoctoral research experience is highly desirable.

Departmental RequirementsStatement(s) of Understanding Definition

Background Check: This position requires a background check. In conjunction with the University’s policy, this position may also require a credit check.

Responsible Employee: The holder of this position is designated as a “Responsible Employee” pursuant to their role under Title IX. Therefore, the incumbent must promptly report allegations of sexual misconduct, sexual violence, and child sexual abuse by or against any student, employee, contractor, or visitor to the University’s Title IX Administrator or any divisional Title IX Coordinator.

Required Licensure or CertificationMachines/Equipment used regularlyAnticipated Start Date08/03/2020Job Posting Date09/13/2019Application Review Date11/15/2019Application DeadlineOpen Until FilledYesPoint of Contact InformationDr. J. W. Hewitt at [email protected] OfficialGregory WurtzLocation if not JacksonvilleSpecial Instructions

Applicants must complete an online application, as well as upload supplemental documents, at in order to be considered for this position. Applicants must include a minimum of three references with contact information in their application. Applicants who do not apply online and/or upload all the required documents will not be considered for this position. Once you submit both your completed application and uploaded documents you will receive a confirmation number. Keep the confirmation number for your records.

Applications must be submitted at (position #322900) with the following documents:
(1) a letter of interest,
(2) a curriculum vitae,
(3) a statement of teaching interests and practices (1-2 page “Statement of Teaching Philosophy”), and
(4) a statement of research interests (2-3 page “Department Specific” document).

The application should describe the candidate’s abilities and ideas to foster student engagement in their courses and to incorporate undergraduate students into their research conducted at UNF. The candidate should also describe their experiences working with, teaching, or mentoring diverse groups of students and how to contribute to this goal at UNF.

For additional information, see the UNF Physics department website or contact Dr. J.W. Hewitt at [email protected] Application reviews will begin on November 15, 2019 and continue until the position is filled.

Quicklink Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * Please describe the attributes that will make you a strong candidate for this position

    (Open Ended Question)

  2. * Briefly list your area(s) of research or teaching expertise.

    (Open Ended Question)

  3. * How did you hear about this employment opportunity?
    • Public Job Posting
    • Internal Job Posting
    • Agency Referral
    • Advertisement/Publication
    • Personal Referral
    • Website
    • Other
  4. * What is your Philosophy for serving students?

    (Open Ended Question)

Documents Needed to ApplyRequired Documents
  1. Cover Letter/Letter of Interest
  2. Curriculum Vitae
  3. Statement of Teaching/Advising Philosophy
  4. Department Specific: See Special Instructions
Optional Documents
  1. Letter of Recommendation

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