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Assistant Professor Solid State Physics

Appalachian State
Perkinsville, NC
Closing date
Nov 21, 2023

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Position Title
Assistant Professor--Solid State Physics

Tenure Status
Tenure Track

Provide Rank
Assistant Professor

Position Number

Physics & Astronomy - 250700

Working Location (City, State)
Garwood Hall

Position Summary Information

Minimum Qualifications

Applicants must hold a Ph.D. in Physics, Electrical Engineering, Materials Science or Engineering, or a related field.

Candidates must have a strong commitment to excellence in undergraduate education.

Candidates must have a demonstrated commitment to inclusive excellence in teaching and research.

Areas of Interest (No Minimum Level Required)

Candidates with research experience in condensed-matter physics aligned with one of the following research areas are encouraged to apply: (1) Nanoscale imaging and characterization; (2) Nanofabrication; or (3) Surface science and/or low-dimensional materials.

Candidates with an interest in developing industry and/or agency connections are encouraged to apply.

License/Certification Required


Description of the Department or Unit

Facilities include different types of scanning-probe, electron, and ion microscopes, thin-film deposition systems, nanofabrication and low-temperature facilities, and staffed machine and electronics shops. Start-up funds will be available to the successful candidate.

The department offers a B.A. in Physics, a B.S. in Physics with a concentration in Applied Physics, and a B.S. in Physics with a concentration in Secondary Education. Additionally, the department's M.S. program in Engineering Physics is a national leader in instrumentation and automation. The faculty includes 15.5 TT and 11 full-time NTT members. Both undergraduate and graduate programs are consistently ranked among the largest in the country by the AIP when compared to other Masters granting institutions: enrollment exceeds 170 undergraduate majors and 20+ graduate students.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

Candidates are expected to develop a research program that, in addition to involving undergraduate and M.S. students, can attract external funding, and develop collaborations within the department.

Candidates are expected to make significant contributions to the M.S. program in Engineering Physics.

Type of Position
Full Time Position

Appointment Type

Number Of Months Per Year

Physical Demands of Position

Typical physical demands of classroom and educational environments in a professional position at a university.

Description of University

Appalachian State University, in North Carolina's Blue Ridge Mountains, prepares students to lead purposeful lives as global citizens who understand and engage their responsibilities in creating a sustainable future for all. The transformational Appalachian experience promotes a spirit of inclusion that brings people together in inspiring ways to acquire and create knowledge, to grow holistically, to act with passion and determination, and embrace diversity and difference. As one of 17 campuses in the University of North Carolina system, Appalachian enrolls more than 20,000 students, has a low student-to-faculty ratio and offers more than 150 undergraduate and graduate majors.

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Proposed Date of Hire

Suggested Salary Range
Salary is competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience.

ABD Consideration:
ABD with reduction in rank and salary (see desc. below)

ABD Description

No ABD consideration: Only candidates with an earned doctorate or terminal degree from an accredited institution will be considered for the position. Since ABD will not meet the minimum requirements, ABD will not be considered.

ABD with reduction in rank and salary: ABD will be considered for this position. Evidence of successful defense of the dissertation must be received by July 31 for a fall hire or November 30 for a spring hire. If confirmation of defense is not provided by the deadline, the candidate will receive a new one-year fixed-term contract and be hired at the rank of Instructor. The candidate's salary will also be reduced to a lower rate commensurate with other full-time instructors in the same department. However, if degree verification is provided before the end of the one-year fixed-term contract, the candidate will be returned to the rank of assistant professor with commensurate compensation beginning July 1 of the following academic year.

Special Instructions to Applicants

For a complete application, please apply and submit all below-required documents electronically through Appalachian State University's Job Board:

  • Cover Letter / Letter of Interest
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Statement of Teaching Philosophy
  • Statement of Research Interests
  • List of at least 3 References with Contact Information
UNC System Code (Section 610(2)) Special Faculty Hires

The continued employment of a special faculty member during the term appointment may be made expressly contingent on items such as the continued availability of funding from any source, on enrollment levels, or any other contingency established by the institution.

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Open Until Filled

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Chris Thaxton

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Additional Information AA/EEO Statement: Appalachian State University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. The University does not discriminate in access to its educational programs and activities, or with respect to hiring or the terms and conditions of employment, on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity and expression, political affiliation, age, disability, veteran status, genetic information or sexual orientation.
Important Contacts:
Associate Vice Chancellor of Human Resources
Office of Human Resources
330 University Hall Dr.
Boone, NC 28608
(828) 262-3187
Executive Director of Access & Equity (ADA/504 Coordinator, EEO Officer, & Title IX Coordinator)
Office of Access & Equity
123 IG Greer Hall
Boone, NC 28608

Disability Accommodation Information: Individuals with disabilities may request accommodations in the application process by contacting the Office of Access & Equity: Equal Opportunity at 828-262-2144 or email

Clery Act: Clery Act Compliance
Division of Institutional Integrity
PO Box 32126
Boone, NC 28608
(828) 262-8111

Diversity & Inclusion at Appalachian: We at Appalachian State University are committed to diversity, equity, and inclusive excellence both locally and globally.We understand that the successful implementation of diversity, equity, and inclusive excellence is the responsibility of the entire university community, including alumni and official university governing bodies. A diverse campus community supports an influx of broad and distinct ideas that increase learning opportunities and strengthen the impact of our community as we work collectively to achieve a just experience for all.We actively encourage, support, and promote a global mindset and an equitable environment where all will know that they belong and are safe to express their culture, identity, values, ideas, opinions, and creativity. We are committed to creating a culture of equity opportunity for all, one that has an expectation of fairness, justice, and equity-minded practice at all levels of the university community.

Background Statement: Any offer of employment to a successful candidate will be conditioned upon the University's receipt of a satisfactory criminal background report.

Eligibility for Employment: Proper documentation of identity and eligibility for employment will be required before the hiring process can be completed.

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