University of Washington, Department of Physics

Position ID:UW-Physics-CENPA [#26937]
Position Title: CENPA Faculty Position: Assistant, Associate, or Full Research Professor
Position Type:Non tenure-track faculty
Position Location:Seattle, Washington 98195, United States [map] sort by distance
Subject Areas: Physics / Nuclear Physics, Nuclear Experiment (nucl-ex)
Appl Deadline: (posted 2023/12/28, listed until 2024/06/28)
Position Description:    

Faculty Position: Research Assistant, Associate, or Full Professor - CENPA

The Center for Experimental Nuclear Physics and Astrophysics (CENPA) at the University of Washington, Seattle has a rare opportunity for a full-time (100% FTE, 12-month service term) research faculty member who, depending on qualifications, may be hired at the rank of Assistant Research Professor, Associate Research Professor, or Research Professor. The position is expected to start Fall Quarter 2024, subject to candidate availability. The position is not tenure eligible. 

The base salary range for this position will be $5,768–$14,000 per month, commensurate with experience and qualifications, or as mandated by a U.S. Department of Labor prevailing wage determination.

The role of this research faculty member will be to lead research that strengthens and expands CENPA efforts, in alignment with the NSAC 2023 Long Range Plan for Nuclear Science. The successful candidate will be expected to innovate, develop creative solutions, lead, mentor, and support the department's commitment to inclusivity. The work will be performed in a stimulating atmosphere on the campus of UW, a leading US public research university, in close collaboration with scientists, students, engineers, and technicians at CENPA. All University of Washington faculty engage in teaching, research, and service. For research faculty, teaching responsibilities are primarily mentoring of students and postdocs.

CENPA is a “Center of Excellence” funded by the DOE’s Office of Nuclear Physics. It is a fertile environment for experimental nuclear physics in the area of Fundamental Symmetries and Neutrinos, with a focus on searches for physics beyond the Standard Model. Many experiments are developed at CENPA, including LEGEND, He6-CRES, Project 8, Selena, PIONEER, and others. The professional engineering and technical staff provide diverse competencies and skills for state-of-the-art detector and instrumentation development, design, prototyping and construction. Our Center’s capabilities cover every detail for the successful execution of physics experiments, including mechanics, electronics, UHV techniques and cryogenics. More details can be found in recent CENPA Annual Reports.


Applicants are required to have a PhD or foreign equivalent in Physics or a relevant field and an established research record (beyond their PhD work) in experimental nuclear physics.

Application Instructions

Applications should be submitted at  and must include a cover letter, CV, bibliography, research plan, mentoring statement, diversity statement, and three names of possible references along with their contact information. References will not be contacted without prior approval from the applicant. The cover letter should succinctly express the candidate’s interest in and motivation for this position. The bibliography should list the candidate’s publications and invited presentations. The research plan should describe how the candidate will complement existing efforts and leverage the strengths of CENPA facilities and infrastructure, while providing research opportunities for graduate students and postdoctoral scholars under the candidate’s mentorship. The mentoring statement should summarize the candidate’s mentoring experience and approach. The diversity statement should outline the candidate’s past efforts and plans to foster a diverse and inclusive environment that advances their research goals.

Full consideration will be given to applications received by February 16, 2024. Inquiries should be directed to

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

University of Washington is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, pregnancy, genetic information, gender identity or expression, age, disability, or protected veteran status.

Benefits Information

A summary of benefits associated with this title/rank can be found at Appointees solely employed and paid directly by a non-UW entity are not UW employees and are not eligible for UW or Washington State employee benefits.

Commitment to Diversity

The University of Washington is committed to building diversity among its faculty, librarian, staff, and student communities, and articulates that commitment in the UW Diversity Blueprint ( Additionally, the University’s Faculty Code recognizes faculty efforts in research, teaching and/or service that address diversity and equal opportunity as important contributions to a faculty member’s academic profile and responsibilities (

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Department of Physics
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