Rice University, Office of Faculty Development

Position ID:RiceU-Office of Faculty Development-ASSIS2 [#26338]
Position Title: Assistant Professor of Quantum Materials
Position Type:Tenured/Tenure-track faculty
Position Location:Houston, Texas 77005, United States [map] sort by distance
Subject Area: Materials Science and Engineering / Quantum Materials
Appl Deadline:2023/12/31 11:59PMhelp popup finished (2023/10/23, finished 2024/02/20)
Position Description:    

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Assistant Professor of Quantum Materials

Tenure-Track Faculty Opening in the Department of Materials Science and NanoEngineering at Rice University


The Department of Material Science and Nanoengineering (MSNE) at Rice University, located in Houston, TX, seeks applications for one tenure-track Assistant Professor position in Quantum Materials with an anticipated start date of July 1, 2024. Rice University’s School of Engineering invites applicants from diverse backgrounds for a tenure-track faculty position at the assistant professor level in quantum materials, broadly defined. This appointment will be in the Department of Materials Science and NanoEngineering (MSNE). We seek outstanding candidates with research interests in experimental and/or theoretical materials science relevant to quantum technology. Specific areas of interest include, but are not limited to synthesis, characterization, and theory of quantum materials, materials, and devices for quantum communication, quantum computation, quantum sensing, and quantum simulation. More experienced senior candidates conducting transformative research projects and with experience in building institutional equity across fields may also be considered. The position is part of the Rice Quantum Initiative which is significantly expanding our already strong program (quantum.rice.edu). With multiple faculty involved in quantum materials, quantum devices, quantum chemistry, and quantum algorithms, Rice considers these areas as focal points of quantum research in the coming decade.

The selected candidate will be expected to teach and develop undergraduate and graduate courses within their expertise; perform high-quality research in their specialized area and present findings from their research in peer-reviewed publications and conferences; establish a strong research program supported by extramural funding; be involved in service to the university and broader scientific community; and collaborate with faculty in diverse disciplines.  The successful candidate will be required to have a strong commitment to teaching, advising, and mentoring undergraduate and graduate students from diverse backgrounds.

We seek greater representation of women, scholars of color, people with disabilities, veterans, and others who have historically been underrepresented in Materials Science and NanoEngineering; to attract international students from a wider range of countries and backgrounds; to accelerate progress in building a faculty and staff who are diverse in background and thought, and to support an inclusive environment that fosters interaction and understanding within our diverse community.

About Rice University

Rice University is a private, comprehensive research university located in the heart of Houston’s dynamic Museum District and adjacent to the Texas Medical Center.  It offers undergraduate and graduate degrees across eight schools and has a student body of approximately 4,000 undergraduate and 3,000 graduate students.  Rice consistently ranks among the top 20 national universities and the top 10 in undergraduate teaching (US News & World Report); its endowment ranks among the top 20 of US universities.

Rice is located in the most ethnically diverse city in the US and aims to create a nurturing environment that celebrates our many cultures. Rice seeks greater representation of women, scholars of color, people with disabilities, veterans, and others who have historically been underrepresented in science and engineering; to attract international students from a wider range of countries and backgrounds; to accelerate progress in building faculty and staff who are diverse in background and thought, and to support an inclusive environment that fosters interaction and understanding within our diverse community.

The George R. Brown School of Engineering ranks among the top 20 engineering programs and is strongly committed to nurturing the aspirations of faculty, staff, and students in an inclusive environment.


A Ph.D. in materials science, quantum sciences, or nanotechnology-related field is required, or the Ph.D. requirements must be fulfilled by July 1 of the year employment commences. 

Application Instructions

The deadline for submission of applications is December 31, 2023, and the received applications for this position will be reviewed starting at the beginning of January 2024.

To apply, please submit the following materials: (1) cover letter, (2) curriculum vitae, (3) research statement (up to 5 pages), (4) statement of teaching philosophy (up to 2 pages), and (5) statement of past and planned contributions to improve diversity, equity, and inclusion (up to 2 pages) to the job posting.

In addition, candidates will be asked to provide the names and contact information for 3-5 references, who will be solicited for letters of recommendation at the time of application.

Additional information can be found on our websites: https://quantum.rice.edu/https://msne.rice.edu/

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

Rice University is an Equal Opportunity Employer with commitment to diversity at all levels, and considers for employment qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, genetic information, disability or protected veteran status.

Rice University Standard of Civility Serves as a representative of the University, displaying courtesy, tact, consideration and discretion in all interactions with other members of the Rice community and with the public.

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Rice University
Office of Faculty Development MS 105
P.O. Box 1892
Houston, TX 77251-1892