Assistant Professor of Physics

University of Rhode Island
Kingston, RI

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Assistant Professor of Physics

Job Description Summary, Duties and Responsibilities, Required Qualifications and Preferred Qualifications:

APPLICATION DEADLINE: The search will remain open until the position has been filled. First consideration will be given to applications received by September 15, 2021. Second consideration may be given to applications received by October 31, 2021. Applications received subsequent to second consideration date (October 31, 2021) may not be given full consideration.

The Physics Department at the University of Rhode Island (URI) invites applications for a full-time tenure-track position of an Assistant Professor of Physics beginning in the fall of 2022, specifically for a theorist or computational physicist working in the field of Quantum Information Science.

Considerations will be given to applicants who can show expertise and creative ideas for their role as researcher, mentor, and teacher in the Quantum Information Science program of the URI Physics Department. Complementing points of contact with ongoing research programs in biological physics, medical physics, surface and thin film physics, ultrafast spectroscopy, nonlinear optics, astrophysics, and statistical physics are a plus.

The successful candidate will teach undergraduate and graduate physics courses, advise undergraduate and graduate students in the research component toward BS, MS, and PhD degrees, and be active in service at the levels of Department, College, and University.

The position comes with funds to support a postdoc for the second year of appointment to help jump start a strong and externally funded research program.

Required qualifications:

1. PhD in Physics.

2. Postdoctoral experience.

3. Record of scholarly achievement (publications, presentations, awards).

4. Demonstrated ability to be an effective teacher of undergraduate and/or graduate physics courses.

5. Well-conceived research plan with potential to attract external funding.

6. Demonstrated proficiency in written and oral communication skills.

7. Demonstrated ability to work with diverse groups/populations.



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Academic Year, Full-time, Tenure-track, Permanent




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Special Instructions to Applicants:

Please attach the following 5 (PDF) documents to your online Faculty Employment Application:

(#1) Cover letter (1 pdf page max).

(#2) Curriculum vitae (education, previous appointments, publications, talks, presentations, lectures, conferences, awards, special skills), as one complete pdf doc.

(#3) Statement on teaching approach and emphasis in undergraduate and graduate courses (1 pdf page max).

(#4) Outline of planned research program backed up by demonstrated expertise (4 pages max, as one complete pdf doc).

(#5) – Other Document – the names and contact information of three professional references.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Please have Letters of Recommendation from the three references sent directly by email to: [email protected]

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