Physics and Astronomy Assistant Professor

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Work type: Faculty Full-Time
Location: Denver, CO
Categories: Faculty

The University of Denver is the oldest independent university in the Rocky Mountain region, with approximately 12,000 students in undergraduate and graduate programs. DU is classified as a Doctoral/Research University with high research activity. The Department of Physics and Astronomy underwent a strong expansion with eight tenure-track and two teaching professor positions filled since 2006. Our diverse and dynamic faculty of 12 includes four women and come from seven different countries. We provide an attentive, hands-on research and learning community for undergraduate and graduate students up through the PhD level. The program is recognized by the APS among US PhD-granting departments for our high percentage of female graduates: placing second nationally at the undergraduate level and third at the graduate level (APS data for the period 2011-2013).  DU and the Department of Physic and Astronomy is strongly committed to building a diverse and inclusive educational environment, which is in full accord with the value that DU places on its commitments to diversity, equity and inclusion. Candidates must demonstrate ability to integrate content and issues relating to, and to work effectively with, ethnically/racially diverse populations.

The department has major research thrusts in stellar astronomy/astrophysics, biophysics, and condensed matter/materials physics. Major state-of-the-art instrumentation is available both in the department and through collaborations with nearby national institutes in the region (NIST and NREL). Also, the University of Denver maintains our own Linux cluster for in-house high-performance computational needs. More information about the department can be found at

Position Summary

The Department of Physics & Astronomy at the University of Denver invites applications for a tenure-track assistant professor position to begin in September of 2022.  We seek candidates with research interests in experimental condensed matter physics whose research and teaching will support a new initiative in Quantum Materials and Information Science.  All areas broadly related to quantum materials and information sciences will be considered, with potential for collaboration with existing research areas on campus and in the surrounding areas a particular plus. We are especially interested in qualified candidates who can contribute to diversity, equity and inclusion through their teaching, research, and service.

Applications for this position must include a cover letter, CV, statements of teaching philosophy and research plans, one-page statement of how the applicant can contribute to DU’s values, practices, and actions regarding diversity, equity and inclusivity, and names and contact information for at least three references.  Applications completed before January 15, 2022 will be assured full consideration, but the selection process will continue until the position is filled. 

Essential Functions

The successful candidate will possess enthusiasm for teaching both undergraduate and graduate courses, are required to develop an independent research program that involves both Ph.D. and undergraduate students. Average teaching load for junior and research-active faculty is one course per quarter. Instructors are required to independently develop new courses and to participate in undergraduate and graduate curriculum development. Assistant Professors are required to develop and independent research program and attract significant extramural funding. Other duties involve service commitments to the department, college, university, and professional community.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Ability to teach classes in different modalities (in-person, hybrid, and online) at both undergraduate and graduate levels.
  • Ability to carry out both independent and collaborative research activities.
  • Demonstrated ability to work collegially and collaboratively with diverse internal and external constituencies.
  • Ability to communicate with diverse audiences.

Required Qualifications

  • A Bachelor’s degree in Physics and Ph.D. in Physics or a related field.

Preferred Qualifications

  • One or more years of postdoctoral experience. 

Application Deadline
For best consideration, please submit your application materials by 4:00 p.m. (MST) on January 15th, 2022. Applications will continue to be reviewed until the position is filled.

Special Instructions
Candidates must apply online through to be considered. Only applications submitted online will be accepted.

Salary Grade Number:
The salary grade for the position is UC.

Salary Range:
The salary range for this position is $85,000-$88,000.

The University of Denver has provided a compensation range that represents its good faith estimate of what the University may pay for the position at the time of posting. The University may ultimately pay more or less than the posted compensation range. The salary offered to the selected candidate will be determined based on factors such as the qualifications of the selected candidate, departmental budget availability, internal salary equity considerations, and available market information, but not based on a candidate’s sex or any other protected status.

The University of Denver offers excellent benefits, including medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO pass. The University of Denver is a private institution that empowers students who want to make a difference. Learn more about the University of Denver.

Please include the following documents with your application:
1. CV with a list of publications
2. Cover Letter
3. Statement of Teaching Philosophy
4. Statement of Research Plans 
5. 1-page statement of how the applicant can contribute to DU’s values, practices, and actions regarding diversity, equity and inclusivity
6. Names and contact information for 3 references

The University of Denver is committed to enhancing the diversity of its faculty and staff. We are an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment regardless of age, race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, military/ veteran status or any other status protected by law.

All offers of employment are based upon satisfactory completion of a criminal history background check.

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