University of Hawaii at Manoa, Department of Physics and Astronomy

Position ID:University of Hawaii at Manoa-Department of Physics and Astronomy-MLAI [#26356]
Position Title: Assistant Professor (ML/AI Front-End Instrumentation in Physics)
Position Type:Tenured/Tenure-track faculty
Position Location:Honolulu, Hawaii 96822, United States [map] sort by distance
Subject Area: Instrumentation / High Energy Physics
Appl Deadline:2023/12/15 11:59PMhelp popup
Position Description:    

The University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa (UHM) campus is dedicated to becoming a Native Hawaiian Place of Learning, a place that is responsive to Native Hawaiians and reflective of Indigenous Hawai‘i where all can learn, grow, connect, and heal from. UHM is also a designated Truth, Racial Healing, and Transformation Campus Center. The UHM Department of Physics and Astronomy (P&A) invites applications for a full-time tenure-track faculty position at the Assistant Professor level to begin approximately August 1, 2024. This position is offered in the context of a cluster hire between the Physics & Astronomy (P&A) and Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) departments to strengthen research areas of mutual interest (refer to Position Number 2023-02119 for the corresponding second position in ECE). Candidates should have a strong research record in the use of ML/AI in front-end hardware in Particle, Nuclear, or Astroparticle Physics experiments. Relevant sub-areas include, but are not limited to ML/AI in FPGAs (Field Programmable Gate Arrays) used for readout or triggering or ML/AI in front-end ASICs (Application Specific Integrated Circuits). 

The development of machine learning and artificial intelligence is revolutionizing many areas of science and technology and has already had a great impact on high-energy physics. As articulated in the Snowmass Decadal Survey of Particle Physics, there is a pressing need to create smarter readout and trigger systems to cope with the complexity and volume of experimental data at current and planned experiments and to select rare and unusual data signatures that may signal the breakdown of the Standard Model of Particle Physics. There is also a major gap in the training of physicists in this domain for the future. 

The successful applicant is expected to develop a thriving, externally funded research program and is expected to work closely with UHM’s ECE department. The applicant is encouraged to collaborate with other researchers in P&A working on the Instrumentation Frontiers of High Energy, Nuclear, and Astroparticle Physics. The applicant is also expected to teach graduate-level and undergraduate-level courses and should be prepared for outreach and service to communities in Hawai‘i and beyond. 

The Department of Physics and Astronomy has a strong experimental program in high-energy physics (B meson and heavy flavor physics, neutrinos, and detector development), accelerator physics, nanophysics, astrophysics (cosmic rays, neutrinos, dark matter), experimental and theoretical cosmology and a vigorous program in theoretical high-energy physics and information processing and ML. More information about the Department of Physics and Astronomy can be found at

The UHM P&A Department is actively and purposely committed to considering a diverse applicant pool in terms of gender, race, sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran status, and disability. Candidates who have had non-traditional career paths or who have achieved excellence in careers outside academia are also encouraged to apply. 

The University of Hawai‘i at Manoa is a Carnegie R1 Doctoral University (Highest Research Activity) and is recognized as a Land Grant, Sea Grant, Space Grant, and Sun Grant university. The P&A Department offers B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in Physics and a B.S. degree in astrophysics. Current enrollment is approximately 100 undergraduate and 40 graduate students with 18 faculty members. Collaboration, funding opportunities, resources, and research exposure may be found through the department’s ongoing research within high energy and astroparticle physics, which are supported by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), NASA and the National Science Foundation (NSF). 

UHM is engaged in building a culturally diverse, equitable, and inclusive educational environment with a strong emphasis on research and graduate education. UHM is committed to being the leading indigenous-serving university in the country and proudly delivers a unique multicultural global experience in a Hawaiian place of learning, with a long history of adherence to the principles of sustainability and the essence of aloha—truly like nowhere else on Earth. 

Duties and Responsibilities
  • To teach assigned undergraduate and graduate courses, including via various distance delivery modes as required.
  • To develop extramurally funded research programs that result in publications in leading scholarly journals.
  • To present research work in leading scholarly conferences.
  • To serve as chair or member of committees in charge of student candidates for advanced degrees.
  • To participate in curriculum development activities including the development of curricular materials and special instructional methods.
  • To supervise independent study activities.
  • To serve as academic advisor to students.
  • To serve on Department, College, and University committees.
  • To render service to the professional or lay community that is relevant to the individual's academic specialty.
  • Support the recruitment, retention, and graduation of Native Hawaiian, Pacific Islanders, and other underrepresented populations in Physics and Astronomy
  • Participate in implementing the Native Hawaiian principles from the UHM Strategic Plan.
  • To perform related tasks as assigned. 
Minimum Qualifications
  • A Ph.D. in Physics or a closely related discipline from a university of recognized standing by the start date of the position.
  • Three years of postdoctoral experience or equivalent.
  • Demonstrated strong commitment to teaching excellence and mentoring at the undergraduate and graduate levels and the ability to teach students from different backgrounds with diverse life experiences and learning styles.
  • Demonstrated scholarly achievement, evidenced by a track record of publications.
  • Potential to develop externally funded research programs and research collaborations.
  • Effective communication skills for meeting and conferring with diverse colleagues, students, and community members.
  • Ability to engage successfully in a multicultural and multiethnic environment. 
Desirable Qualifications
  • Demonstrated experience in obtaining extramural funding from the federal government or industry.
  • Scholarly experience in emerging and cross-disciplinary research areas.
  • Demonstrated excellence in teaching and mentoring at the undergraduate and graduate levels.
  • Demonstrated ability in establishing interdepartmental and interdisciplinary collaborations in teaching and research.
  • Demonstrated commitment to promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  • Research focus applicable to or experience with Hawai‘i and/or the Asia/Pacific region.
  • Demonstrated experience recruiting, retaining, and graduating Native Hawaiian, Pacific Islander, and/or other underrepresented populations in Physics.
  • Experience creating place-based and/or Hawai‘i based curriculum.
  • Experience implementing Native Hawaiian, Indigenous, and/or place-based principles into curriculum, programming, and work culture.
To Apply
Only electronic applications are accepted via AcademicJobsOnline. All complete applications received prior to December 15, 2023, will receive full consideration; we will continue to accept applications until the position is filled. 

Use AcademicJobsOnline to complete an application and attach the required documents to the online application. The applicants should submit: (1) a cover letter specifying the position and the research area; (2) a curriculum vitae detailing research and teaching accomplishments; (3) a statement on research interests, activities, and plans (no more than 5 pages); (4) a statement on teaching philosophy, interests, and plans (no more than 3 pages); (5) a statement of contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion (no more than 2 pages); (6) The applicant should arrange for 5 professional reference letters to be uploaded at AcademicJobsOnline.

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Employment is contingent on satisfying employment eligibility verification requirements of the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986; reference checks of previous employers; and for certain positions, criminal history record checks.

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Department of Physics and Astronomy
2505 Correa Road
Watanabe 416
Honolulu, HI 96822