Applications are invited for a full-time, academic-year tenure-track Assistant Professor position at the University of Maine (UMaine) in the Department of Physics and Astronomy (physics.umaine.edu) within the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, with a joint appointment in the Frontier Institute for Research in Sensor Technologies, FIRST (umaine.edu/first/). This position will respond to the research needs in a recently awarded Department of Energy - Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (DOE EPSCoR) grant that includes high-temperature harsh-environment thin films and materials, integration of electronic components and semiconductor devices, and development of sensor systems. These targeted areas of expertise complement the existing strengths within the Department of Physics and Astronomy & FIRST and are a major focus of the Advanced Materials for Smart Solutions faculty cluster. The anticipated start date for this position is August 29, 2022.
Candidates are being sought who have shown clear evidence of potential for research, teaching, technical communication, and scholarly excellence. Preference may be given to candidates whose record shows active commitment to mentoring or advancing women and/or others who are underrepresented in the field of physics. Candidates are expected to develop creative and independent research that leads to sponsored research, scholarly publications, and training of M.S. and Ph.D. students. Candidates should commit to teaching excellence at both the undergraduate and graduate level. The position also requires active, collegial engagement in professional and university service.
Essential duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
- Develop a creative and independent research program that leads to sponsored research, scholarly publications, and training of M.S. and Ph.D. students
- Teach at both undergraduate and graduate levels, and advise students
- Participate in curriculum development and assessment
- Engage in university and professional service
- Ph.D. in physics or a related field by date of hire, with expertise in the area of solid-state physics, materials science, and thin film technology, with preferred emphasis on synthesis, characterization and application of advanced materials.
- Strong research record, including publications, consistent with the above description
- A record of successful teaching commensurate with current professional experience
- A record of successful performance in collaborative settings
- Postdoctoral work
- Familiarity with and/or openness to active engagement teaching strategies
- Evidence of dedication towards mentoring women and/or other populations that are underrepresented in physics