Assistant Professor of Physics - Quantum Materials and Technologies

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Assistant Professor of Physics - Quantum Materials and Technologies


Physics & Astronomy-1092

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Description of Work:

The Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) invites applications for a tenure-track position as assistant professor in the field of Quantum Materials and Technologies (QMT). UNL is Nebraska’s flagship land-grant university. It falls into the R1 Carnegie classification of Doctoral Universities with highest research activity. As Nebraska’s capital, the city of Lincoln provides high-quality amenities and infrastructure at a relatively low cost of living.

The vacant position complements a previous interdepartmental QMT cluster hire and manifests UNL’s aspiring efforts in the field of Quantum Science and Engineering, one of UNL’s eight institutionally-supported grand challenge themes. The QMT initiative builds upon expertise gathered within eighteen years of NSF support for UNL’s Materials Research Science and Engineering Center, and more than two decades of support of nanomaterials science through core facilities within the Nebraska Center for Materials and Nanoscience and the Nebraska Nanoscale Facility, one of sixteen NSF-funded sites establishing the National Nanotechnology Coordinated Infrastructure.

The experimental QMT position is designed to strengthen quantum materials science in the condensed matter and materials group of the Department of Physics and Astronomy, while actively fostering interdisciplinary research within Nebraska’s NSF-funded EPSCoR-RII Track-1 Center for Emergent Quantum Materials and Technologies.

The ideal candidate contributes with cutting-edge experimental work which bridges research between at least two of the three focus research groups (FRGs) of the center. The enhancement of synergy between FRG 1’s work on quantum materials and FRG 2’s work on quantum technologies is the primary objective. Duties also include teaching and service to the Department, College and/or the University.

As an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer, qualified candidates 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:

The qualified candidate must have a PhD in physics or a related discipline, a strong track record of scholarly activity, and the potential for developing a high-impact, externally-funded research program. The candidate is expected to efficiently contribute to UNL’s collaborative research programs, notably the EPSCoR Center on Emergent Quantum Materials and Technologies. The candidate will demonstrate a strong interest in teaching physics courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

Preferred Qualifications:

An interest in developing an interdisciplinary curriculum which enables UNL’s students to obtain a certificate in quantum information science is appreciated.

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How to Apply:

Click “Apply for this Job” and complete the information form. Attach the following documents:

  1. Curriculum vitae, including a list of publications.
  2. A statement of research (up to four pages) and teaching interests (up to two pages). Combine into one document and attach as “Other Document.”
  3. Contact information for at least three references.
Inquiries regarding the position or the application process should be directed to: [email protected], or CMMP Search Committee, Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Theodore Jorgensen Hall, Rm. 208, Lincoln, NE 68588-0299 (Fax: 402-472-6148).

For questions or accommodations related to this position contact:

Shelli Krupicka – [email protected]

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Faculty Tenure/Tenure Leading

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9 Month

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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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