Assistant Professor-Experimental Condensed Matter Physics

The University of Kansas
Lawrence, KS

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Science & Technology, Physical Sciences
Position Type
Assistant Professor
Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

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Position OverviewThe Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Kansas (KU) seeks applicants for an Assistant Professor in experimental condensed matter physics (CMP) with an emphasis on quantum information science or areas related to it to begin as early as August 18, 2022.

The KU condensed matter physics group has research programs on nanomaterials, renewable energy, low-dimensional physics, superconductivity, organic semiconductors, ultrafast laser spectroscopy, and computational condensed matter physics. The group also plays a key role in promoting university-wide material research efforts. Qualifying candidates must have a doctorate degree in physics or a closely related field. A strong record of research and commitment to excellence in teaching are required. Candidates with research interests in areas of experimental condensed matter physics that are related to quantum information science and compatible with the existing efforts in the department are particularly encouraged to apply.

Diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging is central to the university’s mission and a critical component to Jayhawks Rising, KU’s strategic plan. As a campus and department with a continually growing diverse student body, we encourage applications from women, minorities, and individuals in underrepresented groups that have a commitment to contributing to a DEIB culture with our students, faculty, staff, industry and collaborative partners that are located across the globe. The successfully candidate must be eligible to work in the U.S. by the effective date of the appointment.

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Job Description40% - RESEARCH
The Department of Physics & Astronomy maintains a national profile of high-quality faculty research. An active and productive research program with impactful publications in condensed matter physics and related areas is expected, as it contributes towards establishing and maintaining a national and international reputation.

  1. Teach two classes per academic year in physics at the graduate or undergraduate levels.
  2. Participate in the advising of undergraduate and graduate students.
  3. Participate in the advising of masters and doctoral students with the goal of actively participating as a dissertation/thesis director and professional mentor for doctoral students; supervise Honors students.
  4. Conduct course evaluation with student input as directed by the university.
  5. Hold regular office hours for students of courses taught.
  6. Adhere to program, College and University Policies.
  1. Attend Departmental meetings.
  2. Contribute service to the Department and perform other related duties and special projects as assigned.
  3. Serve on committees at the Departmental, College, and University levels as the opportunities arise.
  4. Participate in professional service that may include reviewing scholarly articles, activity in national organizations, organizing meetings or workshops.
All faculty members are expected to act in a manner that promotes collegial relationships and shows respect toward students, staff, and colleagues. Faculty members are expected to meet satisfactory standards of performance in all three areas of responsibility and to carry out those responsibilities in accordance with the Faculty Code of Rights, Responsibilities, and Conduct
Required QualificationsEvaluation of the following requirements will be made through (1) descriptions of work experience and educational experiences in letter of application, (2) record of accomplishments and productivity demonstrated by publications and c.v., and (3) information provided from professional references:
  1. Doctorate degree in physics or a closely related field.
  2. Established record of research in experimental condensed matter physics, materials physics or other areas related to quantum information science.
  3. Commitment to excellence in teaching physics at graduate and undergraduate levels, as evidenced by teaching statement.
Additional Candidate InstructionsFor a complete announcement and to apply online, go to A complete online application includes the following materials: cover letter, curriculum vitae, a research statement (up to five pages), a teaching statement (up to two pages), and the names, e-mail addresses, and contact information for at least three references. Applicants should also arrange for three letters of reference to be sent electronically to
[email protected]. A complete application packet will include the 3 reference letters. Only complete packets will be considered.

In addition to the materials above, learning about each applicant’s contribution and engagement in areas of diversity is an important part of KU’s mission. As a result, applicants will be presented the following question at the time of application. The response must be within 4,000 characters or less.
  • Describe your experiences working with people from diverse backgrounds, and explain how those experiences reflect your commitments to diversity, equity and inclusion.

Initial review of applications will begin December 13, 2021 and continues as needed to ensure a large, high quality, and diverse applicant pool.
Contact Information to ApplicantsProfessor Hui Zhao, Search Committee Chair
Physics & Astronomy
University of Kansas
2021 Gray-Little Hall
Lawrence, KS 66045
Email: [email protected] Advertised Salary RangeCommensurate with qualifications and experience Application Review Begins13-Dec-2021 Anticipated Start Date18-Aug-2022


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