Pennsylvania State University, Physics Department

Position ID:PennState-Physics-FAC1 [#26097, REQ_00000048938]
Position Title: Associate Professor/Professor of Physics
Position Type:Tenured/Tenure-track faculty
Position Location:University Park, Pennsylvania 16802, United States [map] sort by distance
Subject Areas: Physics / Optics and Photonics, Physics, Quantum Optics, Ultrafast Science
Appl Deadline:2023/12/01 11:59PMhelp popup (posted 2023/10/05, listed until 2024/03/31)
Position Description:    

The Department of Physics at The Pennsylvania State University (University Park campus) invites applications for a faculty position, to start in Fall 2024. We are conducting an open-rank search for both experimentalists and theorists. We will most strongly consider experimentalists in the fields of quantum optics and photonics; ultrafast science; and quantum materials and devices, and we will consider theorists across all subfields.

Competitive applicants will have a Ph.D., a record of creative research accomplishments, an innovative future research plan, an ability to achieve teaching excellence at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, and a commitment to fostering a diverse and inclusive community in the practice and teaching of science.

 Applications must comprise: 

1. A cover letter (maximum of 2 pages) that includes:

    • An overview of the goals/vision of your research program in the context of our department and institution 
    • Your most significant scientific accomplishments 
    • A summary of experiences and qualifications that position you to achieve your goals

2. Curriculum vitae 

3. Detailed statement of research accomplishments and future plans (maximum of 4 pages)

4. Statement of teaching philosophy and interests (1 page) 

5. Diversity statement (1 page) that describes your past, present and future planned contributions to equity, diversity and inclusion that will advance our institutional diversity, equity and inclusion goals (

6. A list of six references must be included. Candidates are encouraged, but not required, to arrange for reference letters to be submitted to the application site.

Candidates should upload all application materials here. In addition to the Academic Jobs Online application, Penn State requires all applicants to register and complete the application form at the Penn State employment website. Only demographic information need be input to this link, not all application materials. 

The Department of Physics has a strong commitment to diversity, equality and inclusion in all areas, and encourages candidates from underrepresented groups to apply. Completed applications received by December 1, 2023 are assured of full consideration; later applications may be considered until the position is filled. 

For general guidance on writing a teaching and diversity statement, refer to:

Penn State is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer, and is committed to providing employment opportunities to all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or protected veteran status.

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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The Pennsylvania State University
Department of Physics
104 Davey Laboratory
University Park, PA 16802