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Assistant Professor of Physics (2 Positions)

University Of Maine System
Orono, ME
Closing date
Nov 21, 2023

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The Department of Physics and Astronomy and the Frontier Institute for Research in Sensor Technologies (FIRST) are looking for candidates for two tenure-track assistant professor positions in experimental and/or theoretical/computational condensed matter physics, materials science, and sensor technologies. While all research specialties will be considered, preferred research areas include physical/chemical sensors, micro/nano devices, quantum sensors/information, soft condensed matter, biosensors, and nanobiophysics.

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 undergraduate, 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 undergraduate, M.S. and Ph.D. students
  • Participate in collaborative multidisciplinary research projects with other faculty within FIRST and UMaine
  • Teach at both undergraduate and graduate levels, and advise and recruit students
  • Participate in curriculum development and assessment
  • Engage in university and professional service
About the University:

The University of Maine is a community of more than 11,900 undergraduate and graduate students, and 2,500 employees located on the Orono campus, the regional campus in Machias, and throughout the state. UMaine is a land, sea and space grant university, and maintains a leadership role as the University of Maine System's flagship institution. UMaine is the state's public research university and a Carnegie R1 top-tier research institution, dedicated to providing excellent teaching, research and service for Maine, the nation and the world. More information about UMaine is at .

The University of Maine offers a wide range of benefits for employees including, but not limited to, tuition benefits (employee and dependent), comprehensive insurance coverage including medical, dental, vision, life insurance, and short and long term disability as well as retirement plan options. As a former NSF ADVANCE institution, the University of Maine is committed to diversity in our workforce and to dual-career couples.

UMaine is located in beautiful Central Maine. Many employees report that a primary reason for choosing to come to UMaine is quality of life. Numerous cultural activities, excellent public schools, safe neighborhoods, high quality medical care, little traffic, and a reasonable cost of living make the greater Bangor area a wonderful place to live. Learn more about what the Bangor region has to offer here .


  • Ph.D. in physics or a related field by date of hire, with expertise in the areas of solid-state physics, materials science, and sensor technologies
  • 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 setting
  • 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

Other Information:

Materials must be submitted via "Apply For Position" below. You will need to create a profile and application; upload:

1.) a cover letter which describes your experience, interests, and suitability for the position
2.) a resume/curriculum vitae
3.) statement of research interests and plans, not to exceed 3 pages
4.) statement of teaching interests and educational philosophy, not to exceed 2 pages
5.) pdfs of three most significant publications
6.) contact information for three professional references

You will also need to submit the affirmative action survey, the self-identification of disability form, and the self-identification of veteran status forms. Incomplete application materials cannot be considered. Materials received after the initial review date will be reviewed at the discretion of the University.

Search Timeline is as follows:
Review of applications to begin: October 30, 2023
Screening interviews to begin no earlier than: November 20, 2023
On-site interviews to begin no earlier than: December 4, 2023
Tentative start date: September 3, 2024

For questions about the search, please contact search committee chair Samuel Hess at or 207-581-1036.

The successful applicant is subject to appropriate background screening.

In complying with the letter and spirit of applicable laws and pursuing its own goals of diversity, the University of Maine System does not discriminate on the grounds of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, transgender status, gender, gender identity or expression, ethnicity, national origin, citizenship status, familial status, ancestry, age, disability physical or mental, genetic information, or veterans or military status in employment, education, and all other programs and activities. The University provides reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities upon request. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding nondiscrimination policies: Director of Equal Opportunity, 127 Alumni Hall, Orono, ME 04469-5754, 207-581-1226, TTY 711 (Maine Relay System).


Academic Year (Sept-May)

Required Documents:

Cover Letter, Publications, References, Research Statement, Resume/CV, Teaching Statement

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