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Assistant Professor - Physics

NC State University
Raleigh, NC

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Science & Technology, Physical Sciences
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Job Details

Posting Number:


Internal Recruitment :


Working Title:

Assistant Professor - Physics

Anticipated Hiring Range:

$90,000 - $100,000

Work Schedule:

40 hours a week

Job Location:

Raleigh, NC

Department :

Department of Physics

About the Department:

The Physics Department provides (1) High-quality Physics instruction to the University community through courses in introductory physics; (2) educational opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students in physics through high-quality curricula, faculty, and research facilities; (3) outreach programs that advance scientific knowledge. Our research programs cover a diverse spectrum including astrophysics, general relativity, condensed matter theory and experiment, computational physics, biophysics, nanoscale science, physics education, experimental nuclear physics, particle and nuclear theory, experimental optics, and experimental atomic and molecular physics. The department enrolls approximately 120 graduate students and 140 undergrad physics majors. The department size is approximately 56 faculty members.

The College of Sciences aims at creating a diverse, inclusive, and equitable working environment. This position will be expected to foster an environment that is supportive, welcoming of all groups, and abides by the cultural and behavioral aspirations in our culture charter. Please visit for more information on the College of Sciences Culture Charter.

Essential Job Duties:

This position will direct an internationally recognized and funded program of research in physics with an emphasis in the field of astrophysics and/or astronomy. It is expected the successful candidate will establish a highly competitive, independent research program that complements the department’s current strengths in this area. The research interests of current faculty include observational and theoretical/computational astrophysics: stellar astrophysics, gravitational physics, extragalactic astrophysics, and nuclear/neutrino astrophysics.

In addition to directing a research program, the position holder is expected to:

  • Advise and direct undergraduate students, graduate students, and post-doctoral research associates in research leading to peer-reviewed publications;
  • Teach undergraduate and graduate classes at the standard departmental teaching load for research-active faculty; and
  • Provide service to the Department, University, and wider professional community in roles such as a committee member, referee, reviewer, adviser, officer, etc.

The candidate will be expected to foster an environment that is supportive and welcoming of all groups.

Other Responsibilities:

Perform other related duties as assigned.

Minimum Education and Experience:

  • Requires PhD or equivalent degree in physics or a related field

Other Required Qualifications:

  • Demonstration of independent research via invited talks and publication of articles in peer-reviewed professional journals.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience mentoring undergraduate and/or graduate students and/or post-doctoral research associates.
  • Experience teaching undergraduate and/or graduate classes.

Required License(s) or Certification(s):


Valid NC Driver's License required:


Commercial Driver's License required:


Job Open Date:


Anticipated Close Date:


Special Instructions to Applicants:

Applicants will be required to send a curriculum vitae, a teaching statement, an anonymized research statement, a diversity statement (upload as other Other Document 1), and contact information for at least three professional references. Applicants should also arrange to have at least three letters of recommendation sent by e-mail to [email protected], with the name of the applicant in the subject line. To receive full consideration, applications for the Fall 2023 academic year should be received by November 15, 2022.

The first evaluation of the application is based solely on the scientific merit of the anonymized Research Statement, and the extent to which the candidate makes the case that they complement the current department strengths. The Research Statements will be screened and redacted if necessary so that candidate names, collaborators, supervisors, institutions, and journal names are not visible in the statement. Other than the Research Statement, no other parts of the application need to be anonymized.

Position Number:


Position Type:

Tenured/Tenure-Track Faculty

Full Time Equivalent (FTE) (1.0 = 40 hours/week):



9 Month Recurring

Mandatory Designation - Adverse Weather:

Non Mandatory - Adverse Weather

Mandatory Designation - Emergency Events:

Non Mandatory - Emergency Event

Is this position partially or fully funded on ARRA stimulus monies?:


Department ID:

170601 - Physics


NC State University is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, status as an individual with a disability, or status as a protected veteran.

If you have general questions about the application process, you may contact Human Resources at (919) 515-2135 or [email protected] Individuals with disabilities requiring disability-related accommodations in the application and interview process, please call 919-515-3148.

Final candidates are subject to criminal & sex offender background checks. Some vacancies also require credit or motor vehicle checks. Degree(s) must be obtained prior to start date in order to meet qualifications and receive credit.

NC State University participates in E-Verify. Federal law requires all employers to verify the identity and employment eligibility of all persons hired to work in the United States.


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NC State’s 9,000 faculty and staff are world leaders in their fields, bridging the divides between academic disciplines and training high-caliber students to meet tomorrow’s challenges. NC State students won two Goldwater scholarships, five Fulbright scholarships, one Churchill scholarship and a record-breaking 25 National Science Foundation graduate research fellowships in the 2016-2017 academic year. In addition, 25 faculty are members of the National Academies.

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More than 130 years after its creation, NC State continues to make its founding purpose a reality. Every day, our career-ready graduates and world-leading faculty make the fruits of learning and discovery available to people across the state, throughout the nation and around the world.

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