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Assistant Professor, Department of Physics

Wesleyan University
Middletown, CT
Closing date
Sep 20, 2023

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Position Information

Job Posting Number F00369

Position Title Assistant Professor, Department of Physics

Department Physics Department-1106

Job Category Faculty Posting

Position Type Full-Time

Position Details

The Physics Department at Wesleyan University is seeking to fill a tenure-track position at the Assistant Professor level to begin July 1, 2024. We invite applications from candidates with promise for developing an independent, funded research program in applied physics with an experimental component that involves both graduate and undergraduate researchers. Research areas of particular interest include, but are not limited to, materials science, photonics, metamaterials, soft-matter, fluid dynamics, quantum information, environmental physics, and semiconductor physics. A focus on contributing to global sustainability is desirable. Candidates should consider how their research could create synergy with existing research in the physics department and in other programs on campus. Candidates should be able to teach at all levels of the physics curriculum.

Minimum Qualifications

Candidates must have a PhD degree in physics or a closely related field, and should have some teaching experience, which may include teaching as a graduate student. A successful candidate may be hired as an Instructor if the candidate does not have a Ph.D. in hand at the time of appointment but will complete the Ph.D. within one year of hire. Special consideration will be given to candidates with postdoctoral research experience or equivalent.

Wesleyan offers a unique opportunity to thrive in a PhD-granting department at a leading liberal arts university, providing significant institutional support in the form of start-up funds, graduate research assistants, and a one course per semester teaching load plus complementary seminars. Substantial machine shop, analytical instrumentation, and computational resources are available. Collegial faculty interaction includes significant career mentoring, participation in pedagogical innovation, and a shared commitment to the promotion of inclusion and diversity in physics and at the University.

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Special Instructions To Applicants

You will be asked to upload electronic versions of the items we require, which are: (1) a cover letter, (2) curriculum vitae, (3) a teaching statement, and (4) an outline of plans for your research program. In the cover letter, applicants should describe how they will embrace the college's commitment to fostering an inclusive community, as well as their experience working with individuals from historically marginalized or underserved groups.

You will also be asked to provide the email addresses of three referees from whom we may obtain confidential letters of recommendation (please double-check the accuracy of the email addresses of the referees you name to ensure that you have the most up-to-date email addresses for each one).

After you have submitted all of the required documents, you will see a confirmation number. At that point, each of your referees whose email addresses you have provided will receive an automatically-generated email requesting that they submit a letter of reference for you.

Additional Information

Review of applications will begin November 1, 2023 and will continue until the position is filled. Please contact Dana Gordon-Gannuscio at if you have questions about the application process.

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