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Research Assistant Professor

The University of Nebraska–Lincoln
Lincoln, NE

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Working Title:

Research Assistant Professor


Physics & Astronomy-1092

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Description of Work:

The Research Assistant Professor will work with Dr. Donald Umstadter, Director of the UNL Extreme Light Laboratory, and the laboratory’s involvement in the established DOE LaserNetUS consortium of designated user facilities. These unique facilities are pioneering the science, technology, and applications of extreme light. The science involves highly relativistic laser-matter interactions at the highest achievable light intensity levels. The technology entails petawatt-power and femtosecond-duration lasers. The applications include compact laser-driven accelerators and x-ray light sources, which are leading to advances in radiology and ultrafast phenomena.

The Research Assistant Professor will be responsible for managing scientific research projects in accordance with funded awards and contracts. This includes but is not limited to leading research planning, project management on one or more projects, research team meetings; writing progress reports; writing manuscripts for publication; mentoring and managing students and post-docs; attending conference and sponsor meetings; and identifying and acquiring future funding. Additional responsibilities include coordinating with both internal and external multi-disciplinary research at the Extreme Light Laboratory.

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As an EO/AA employer, qualified applicants are considered for employment without regard to race, color, ethnicity, national origin, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, disability, age, genetic information, veteran status, marital status, and/or political affiliation. See:

Minimum Required Qualifications:

Ph.D. in Physics or a related area. One or more years of experience conducting AMOP-physics research as a post-doc or research scientist. Substantial publication record in AMOP-physics topics.

Preferred Qualifications:

Demonstrated record of research project management experience. Demonstrated record of working on multi-disciplinary research teams.
Demonstrated record of using collaborative leadership skills and self-motivation to complete research projects.

How to Apply:

Click “Apply to this Job” and complete the information form. Attach a cover letter, CV, research statement (as “Other Document”) and three letters of recommendation. Note: letters of recommendation need to be combined into one document and attached as “List of References.”

To ensure consideration, please submit all application materials before the review date.

For questions or accommodations related to this position contact:

Dr. Donald Umstadter

Job Category (old):

Faculty Non-Tenure Leading

Job Type:

12 Month (Faculty Only)

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Working at University of Nebraska-Lincoln

For 150 Years, A Leader in Higher Education 
Always a place of high ambition, University of Nebraska was one of the first institutions west of the Mississippi River to award doctoral degrees - the first was granted in 1896. The University of Nebraska established the world's first undergraduate psychology laboratory. The discipline of ecology was born here, and the campuses reflect that tradition, being recognized as botanical gardens and arboreta. An early institutional interest in literature and the arts provided the foundations for today's Prairie Schooner literary magazine, for the University of Nebraska Press, and for the Sheldon Museum of Art, which houses one of the world's most significant collections of 20th century American art.

Today, Nebraska is one of the nation's leading teaching institutions, and a research leader with a wide array of grant-funded projects aimed at broadening knowledge in the sciences and humanities. Nebraska is also a land-grant university and a member of the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU). The university is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

The University of Nebraska offers an extensive benefits package that includes health, life, disability and long term care insurance; retirement accounts; tuition reimbursement for employees and their spouses and dependent children; and reimbursement accounts for health care and dependent day care. Leave policies are designed to help employees deal with personal or family events or crises.

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