University of Connecticut, Physics

Position ID:UConn-Physics-496872 [#23125, 496872]
Position Title: Assistant or Associate Professor in Experimental or Theoretical Quantum Science
Position Type:Tenured/Tenure-track faculty
Position Location:Storrs, Connecticut 06269, United States [map] sort by distance
Subject Areas: Physics / Quantum Science
Theoretical Physics
Appl Deadline: finished (2022/10/04, finished 2023/06/14, listed until 2023/01/15)
Position Description:    

*** this position has been closed and new applications are no longer accepted. ***


The Department of Physics at the University of Connecticut (Storrs Campus) is pleased to invite applications for a tenure-track position in experimental or theoretical quantum science with an emphasis on ultracold atomic, molecular, and optical (AMO) physics techniques. Applications will be considered at the Assistant Professor level to begin in August 2023. An appointment at the Associate Professor level may be considered for a sufficiently qualified applicant. Exceptional candidates from all areas of AMO physics are encouraged to apply, especially those using ultracold systems to advance quantum information science, precision measurements, controlled chemistry, and other areas complementary to current AMO physics research within our department. Priority will be given to experimental applicants that are able to integrate existing AMO physics infrastructure into their research program.

The Department of Physics has 34 tenured or tenure-track faculty members, 146 undergraduate and 96 graduate students, and has recognized groups actively engaged in research in AMO physics, astrophysics, condensed matter, nuclear, and particle physics. Other key strengths for the Department include strong collaborations with the Institute of Materials Science at UConn, the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, as well as Brookhaven, Argonne, Lawrence Berkeley, SLAC, and Jefferson National Labs.

Founded in 1881, UConn is a Land Grant and Sea Grant institution and member of the Space Grant Consortium. It is the state’s flagship institution of higher education and includes a main campus in Storrs, CT, four regional campuses throughout the state, and 13 Schools and Colleges, including a Law School in Hartford, and Medical and Dental Schools at the UConn Health campus in Farmington. The University has approximately 10,000 faculty and staff and 32,000 students, including nearly 24,000 undergraduates and over 8,000 graduate and professional students. UConn is a Carnegie Foundation R1 (highest research activity) institution, among the top 25 public universities in the nation. Through research, teaching, service, and outreach, UConn embraces diversity and cultivates leadership, integrity, and engaged citizenship in its students, faculty, staff, and alumni. UConn promotes the health and well-being of citizens by enhancing the social, economic, cultural, and natural environments of the state and beyond. The University serves as a beacon of academic and research excellence as well as a center for innovation and social service to communities. UConn is a leader in many scholarly, research, and innovation areas. Today, the path forward includes exciting opportunities and notable challenges. Record numbers of undergraduate applications and support for student success have enabled the University to become extraordinarily selective.


The successful candidate will demonstrate the ability to build a strong research program in AMO physics with an interest in collaborating with existing research groups. They will also be expected to contribute to research and scholarship through extramural funding, high quality publications, impact as measured through citations, and national recognition, for example, through honorific awards. In the area of teaching, the successful candidate will share a deep commitment to effective instruction at the undergraduate and graduate levels, including Studio Physics, development of innovative courses and mentoring of students in research, outreach and professional development. Successful candidates will also be expected to broaden participation among members of under-represented groups, demonstrate through their research, teaching, and/or public engagement the richness of diversity in the learning experience, integrate multicultural experiences into instructional methods and research tools, and provide leadership in developing pedagogical techniques designed to meet the needs of diverse learning styles and intellectual interests.


  • A Ph.D. or foreign equivalent in physics or a related field.
  • Postdoctoral experience and demonstrated ability to initiate and lead an independent research program in experimental or theoretical AMO physics.
  • An established record of strong publications.
  • Evidence of potential for excellence in teaching and a deep commitment to promoting diversity through their academic and research programs.


  • Ability to establish a strong research program.
  • At least two years of postdoctoral experience.
  • Strong teaching skills.
  • The ability to contribute through research, teaching, and/or public engagement to the diversity and excellence of the learning experience.


This is a full-time, 9-month, tenure-track position with an anticipated start date of August 23, 2023. The successful candidate's primary academic appointment will be at the Storrs campus. Faculty may also be asked to teach at one of UConn’s regional campuses as part of their ordinary workload. Rank and salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.


Employment of the successful candidate is contingent upon the successful completion of a pre-employment criminal background check.


Please apply online to Academic Jobs Online and submit the following application materials:

  • A cover letter,
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Research and scholarship statement (innovative concepts forming basis of the academic career, experience in proposal development, mentorship of graduate students, etc.);
  • Teaching statement (including teaching philosophy, teaching experience, commitment to effective learning, concepts for new course development, etc.);
  • Commitment to diversity statement (including broadening participation, integrating multicultural experiences in instruction and research and pedagogical techniques to meet the needs of diverse learning styles, etc.);
  • Sample journal articles or books
  • Three (3) letters of reference.

Evaluation of applicants will begin on December 15, 2022. Any questions regarding this position should be directed to Prof. Daniel McCarron and Prof. Phillip Gould at For more information regarding the Department of Physics please visit the Department's website at

At the University of Connecticut, our commitment to excellence is complemented by our commitment to building a culturally diverse community.

This position will be filled subject the budgetary approval.

All employees are subject to adherence to the State Code of Ethics which may be found at

The University of Connecticut is committed to building and supporting a multicultural and diverse community of students, faculty and staff. The diversity of students, faculty and staff continues to increase, as does the number of honors students, valedictorians and salutatorians who consistently make UConn their top choice. More than 100 research centers and institutes serve the University’s teaching, research, diversity, and outreach missions, leading to UConn’s ranking as one of the nation’s top research universities. UConn’s faculty and staff are the critical link to fostering and expanding our vibrant, multicultural and diverse University community. As an Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity employer, UConn encourages applications from women, veterans, people with disabilities and members of traditionally underrepresented populations.

Application Materials Required:
Submit the following items online at this website to complete your application:
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Further Info:
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University of Connecticut
Department of Physics
196 Auditorium Road
Unit 3046
Storrs, CT 06269