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Assistant Professor of Physics (Theoretical AMO/QISE Physics)

William & Mary
William & Mary

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Assistant Professor of Physics (Theoretical AMO/QISE Physics)

Unit Mission Statement:

The Department of Physics has 26 instructional faculty members and 15+ physicists in research positions. The Physics Department strives for excellence in research in Nuclear and Hadronic Physics, High Energy Physics, Atomic, Molecular & Optical Physics, Condensed Matter Physics, and Plasma Physics. The department maintains a vibrant theoretical and experimental in-house program and benefits from close proximity to and strong relationships with Jefferson Lab, one of the nation’s leading Department of Energy funded laboratories. The department also enjoys active collaborations with Fermilab, the nation’s leading high-energy accelerator laboratory.

The Department of Physics values equally both quality research and excellence in teaching. Teaching duties include classroom instruction and the effective mentorship of undergraduate and graduate research students. The undergraduate program offers both a major and a minor, and graduates about 30 majors per year. Undergraduate majors may choose a standard physics track, a pre-med track, or a track with a concentration of engineering physics and applied design classes. Undergraduate majors complete a capstone, senior, or honors research project, working closely with a faculty advisor, either individually or in small groups. Our graduate program offers 50+ students research opportunities to pursue a Ph.D. degree in any of the supported subfields. We seek to establish and nurture dynamic collaboration amongst faculty, postdoctoral fellows, doctoral students, and undergraduate research students.

Position Summary:

The Department of Physics at William & Mary, a public university of the Commonwealth of Virginia, seeks applications for a tenure track position at the Assistant Professor level in theoretical Atomic Molecular and Optical/Quantum Information Science and Engineering (AMO/QISE) physics. Appointment will begin August 10, 2024.

Duties include research, teaching, and service to the University. The applicant is expected to establish and maintain a vibrant research program that inspires a highly motivated undergraduate and graduate student body. Duties include advising Ph.D students as well as mentoring undergraduate research and senior capstone projects. The department currently has 26 active faculty of which 3 faculty members are in experimental AMO/QISE physics. The successful candidate’s research will interface with existing William & Mary physics research programs. Teaching expectation is the traditional 1-1 load for a research university. Successful applicants must possess the skills to teach compelling courses in undergraduate and graduate physics and other lecture and seminar-style courses. William & Mary and the Department of Physics value diversity ( and look forward to submissions from applicants who actively want to continue to support a culture of belonging and provide an environment which embraces inclusion and diversity.

Required Qualifications:

Applicants must hold a Ph.D with experience in AMO/QISE physics or a closely related field at the time the appointment begins (August 10, 2024).

Preferred Qualifications:

Evidence of scholarly achievement and potential as a mentor and teacher for undergraduate and graduate students.

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Special Application Instructions:

Applicants must apply online at Submit a curriculum vitae, a cover letter, a statement of teaching interests, a statement of research interests, describing previous professional experience or future plans (or both) that demonstrate a commitment to fostering an inclusive and welcoming climate for learners and scholars. You will be prompted to submit online the names and email addresses of three references who will be contacted by the system with instructions for how to submit a letter of reference.

For full consideration, submit application materials by December 1st, 2023. Applications received after the review date will be considered if needed.

Information on the degree programs in the Department of Physics may be found at William & Mary (

Inquiries can be sent to

Background Check Statement:

William & Mary is committed to providing a safe campus community. W&M conducts background investigations for applicants being considered for employment. Background investigations include reference checks, a criminal history record check, and when appropriate, a financial (credit) report or driving history check.

EEO Statement:

William & Mary values diversity and invites applications from underrepresented groups who will enrich the research, teaching and service missions of the university. The university is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and encourages applications from women, minorities, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities.

Benefits Summary Statement:

William & Mary offers our employees a full array of benefits including retirement, health insurance with options for expanded dental and vision along with group and optional life insurance with coverage for spouse and children, flexible spending accounts, and an EAP (Employee Assistance Program).

Our employees enjoy additional university benefits such as educational assistance, professional development, wellness benefits, and a robust holiday schedule. All employees have access to fitness facilities on campus. Staff members also have access to the university libraries, and much more. To learn more, go to:

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