University of Alberta, Department of Physics

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Position ID:UAlberta-Physics-APQUANTUM [#26190]
Position Title: Assistant Professor, Theoretical Quantum Physics & Machine Learning; Canada CIFAR Artificial Intelligence (CCAI)/Quantum Horizons Alberta Chair (University of Alberta)
Position Type:Tenured/Tenure-track faculty
Position Location:Edmonton, Alberta T6G 2E1, Canada [map] sort by distance
Subject Areas: Physics / Artificial Intelligence, Computational physics, Machine Learning, Quantum Information, Quantum Physics, theoretical condensed matter physics, Theoretical Physics, Condensed Matter Theory, Quantum Condensed Matter Theory
Appl Deadline:2023/12/15 11:59PMhelp popup** finished (2023/10/16, finished 2024/06/22, listed until 2023/12/16)
Position Description:    

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

The Department of Physics, University of Alberta ( invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position in theoretical quantum physics and machine learning. We are primarily seeking an emerging scholar to hire at the Assistant Professor level who is committed to excellence in teaching and research, but highly qualified candidates at a more senior level may be considered. Applicants must possess a PhD in physics (or related field) and have the potential to develop an innovative and externally-funded research program in theoretical quantum physics and machine learning. The successful candidate will be expected to build a strong, independent research program, supervise graduate students and teach physics at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

Subject to the endorsement of the Alberta Machine Intelligence Institute (Amii), the successful candidate will hold the Canada CIFAR Artificial Intelligence (CCAI)/Quantum Horizons Alberta Chair at the University of Alberta.

Amii is one of three institutes named in the Pan-Canadian AI Strategy and represents more than 35 artificial intelligence (AI) & machine learning (ML) researchers at the University of Alberta, as well as CCAI Chairs at post-secondary institutions across Western Canada. The CCAI Chair includes research funding for at least five (5) years. This position is part of a University of Alberta cluster hire in the areas of research strength that include Health, Energy, and Indigenous Initiatives in health and humanities, among others. The University of Alberta is world-renowned for its strength in AI; this cohort will bring together and foster the next generation of scientists leading the development of machine learning for societal benefit, fulfilling Amii's mandate of AI for good and all.

The successful candidate will have associate faculty member status with Quantum Horizons Alberta (QHA). Initiated by a $12-million gift from a group of visionary donors, QHA is a new $25-million Alberta-wide initiative to pursue transformational research in fundamental and theoretical quantum science ( QHA provides funding for eight new faculty at its three host universities (U. Alberta, U. Calgary, U. Lethbridge), focused on foundational quantum science research, including four at the University of Alberta. QHA also provides research support to its faculty members with funding for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows; research infrastructure, travel and collaboration across all three QHA nodes; and participation in QHA seminars, summer schools, and conferences.

Candidates must also demonstrate how they will work to expand the diversity of the Department through a statement about equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI). In the EDI statement, candidates should describe how they plan to incorporate these considerations into their teaching, research, and service to the scientific community. Candidates are also encouraged to describe how they will contribute to increasing the diversification of ideas within the Department of Physics.

To assist the University in complying with mandatory reporting requirements of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (R203(3) (e)), please include the first digit of your Canadian Social Insurance Number in your application. If you do not have a Canadian Social Insurance Number, please indicate this in your application.

The University of Alberta is committed to an equitable, diverse, and inclusive workforce and has both a Strategic Plan for EDI and an Indigenous Strategic Plan. We welcome applications from all qualified persons. We encourage women; First Nations, Métis and Inuit persons; members of visible minority groups; persons with disabilities; persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity and expression; those with non-traditional career paths and all those who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas and the University to apply.

The application deadline is December 15, 2023. The anticipated start date for this position is July 1, 2024.

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Further Info:
email address
(780) 492-1052
4-181 Centre for Interdisciplinary Science (CCIS)
University of Alberta
Edmonton AB T6G 2E1