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Assistant Professor in Computational Materials Physics

Assistant Professor in Computational Materials Physics

Job No: 528659
Work Type: Tenure-Track Faculty
Location: Main Campus (Gainesville, FL)
Categories: Physical/Mathematical Sciences
Department: 16360100 - LS-PHYSICS-GENERAL

Job Description

Classification Title:

Assistant Professor

Job Description:

The Department of Physics at the University of Florida (UF) seeks a full-time, nine-month, tenure-track Assistant Professor in Computational Materials Physics to begin August 16, 2024. Applications are encouraged from highly qualified candidates in all areas of computational materials physics, including but not limited to those exploring quantum-mechanical, atomistic, and/or multiscale simulations of materials. We seek a person who has demonstrated the ability to advance materials-specific theory, implement those advancements computationally, and apply them to important materials problems.

The successful candidate will complement existing interdisciplinary research both within and outside the Department. Specifically, this person will be affiliated with the Quantum Theory Project (QTP), a multi-disciplinary institute for theory, modeling and computation of complex, novel materials and their molecular constituents. With members from the Departments of Physics, Chemistry, Materials Science & Engineering, and Computer & Information Sciences & Engineering, QTP has unusual breadth and integration. QTP also operates the world-renowned Sanibel Symposia. Members enjoy access to the HiPerGator high-performance computational facilities.

The successful candidate must hold a Ph.D. degree (or equivalent) in Physics or a closely related field and have strong postdoctoral research experience. A well-recognized research program with a compelling plan for future research and clear potential for excellence in teaching and mentoring a diverse undergraduate and graduate student body, are essential.

UF is the state's oldest, largest, and most comprehensive land grant university with an enrollment of over 50,000 students and was ranked the Number 1 public university in the United States by Wall Street Journal in its “2024 Best Colleges in the U.S.” report. UF is located in Gainesville, a city of approximately 150,000 residents in North-Central Florida, 50 miles from the Gulf of Mexico, and 67 miles from the Atlantic Ocean, and within a 2-hour drive to large metropolitan areas (Orlando, Tampa, Jacksonville). The beautiful climate and extensive nearby parks and recreational areas afford year-round outdoor activities, including hiking, biking, and nature photography. UF's large college sports programs, museums, and performing arts center support a range of activities and cultural events for residents to enjoy. Alachua County schools are highly rated and offer a variety of programs including magnet schools and an international baccalaureate program. Learn more about what Gainesville has to offer at Visit Gainesville.

Expected Salary:

The salary is competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience, and the compensation includes a full benefits package.

Employment Benefits include:

Health Insurance: UF participates in state- and university-sponsored benefits programs for individuals, families, and domestic partners, and offers voluntary insurance that includes vision, dental, long-term disability and more.

Retirement Options: Attractive options include Florida Retirement System Pension Plan, State University System Optional Retirement Program, Florida Retirement System Investment Plan, and Voluntary Retirement Savings Plan.

Leave: UF staff enjoy a generous paid leave plan as well as access to a sick-leave pool, maternity/paternity leave, and leave payouts.

Minimum Requirements:

Ph.D. in Physics or a closely related field

Preferred Qualifications:

Strong postdoctoral research experience.

A well-recognized research program with a compelling plan for future research and clear potential for excellence in teaching and mentoring a diverse undergraduate and graduate student body.

Special Instructions to Applicants:

For full consideration, applications must be submitted online. Click on Apply Now at the top of this posting.

A complete application includes (1) a cover letter, (2) a curriculum vitae with publication list, (3) a research statement, (4) a statement of teaching philosophy, (5) a statement describing the broader impacts of past and planned professional activities, and (6) at least three confidential letters of recommendation. Reference providers will only be notified of their upload link once an application is submitted in full, so early completion of an application is highly recommended.

To ensure full consideration, applications must be submitted by December 1, 2023, and the position will remain open until filled. Only complete applications will be reviewed at this time. Applications received after this date may be considered at the discretion of the committee and/or hiring authority. For more information, please contact Prof. Xiaoguang Zhang (

All candidates for employment are subject to a pre-employment screening which includes a review of criminal records, reference checks, and verification of education.

The selected candidate will be required to provide an official transcript to the hiring department upon hire. A transcript will not be considered “official” if a designation of “Issued to Student” is visible. Degrees earned from an educational institution outside of the United States require evaluation by a professional credentialing service provider approved by the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES), which can be found at

The University of Florida is an equal opportunity institution dedicated to building a broadly diverse and inclusive faculty and staff. Searches are conducted in accordance with Florida's Sunshine Law. If an accommodation due to disability is needed in order to apply for this position, please call (352) 392-2477 or the Florida Relay System at (800) 955-8771 (TDD).

The Department of Physics is committed to promoting an environment that welcomes all abilities, classes, ethnicities/races, gender identities and expressions. We particularly welcome applicants who can contribute to such an environment through their scholarship, teaching, mentoring, and professional service.

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Applications Close: Open until filled

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