Physics, University of Connecticut

Position ID:UConn-Physics-2017066 [#7788]
Position Title: Assistant Professor in Theoretical Nuclear or Particle Physics
Position Type:Tenured/Tenure-track faculty
Position Location:Storrs, Connecticut 06269, United States [map]
Subject Areas: Physics / Nuclear Theory (nucl-th), Theoretical Particle Physics, Particle Physics, Theory of Particle Physics, Theoretical Physics, Nuclear & Particle Theory
Appl Deadline: finished (posted 2016/09/01, finished 2017/04/05)
Position Description:    

*** this position has been closed, and no new applications will be accepted. ***

 Position Summary

The Department of Physics at the University of Connecticut (Storrs Campus) invites applications for a full-time tenure track faculty position in Theoretical Nuclear or Particle Physics at the rank of Assistant Professor, to begin in August 2017. This position will be joint with the RIKEN BNL Research Center for the first two years.

The University of Connecticut (UConn) is entering a transformational period of growth supported by the $1.7B Next Generation Connecticut ( and the $1B Bioscience Connecticut ( investments and a bold new Academic Plan: Path to Excellence (  As part of these initiatives, UConn has hired more than 450 new faculty at all ranks during the past three years.  We are pleased to continue these investments by inviting applications for a tenure-track faculty position in Theoretical Nuclear or Particle Physics in the Department of Physics at the rank of Assistant Professor. The successful candidate will demonstrate the ability to build a strong research program in fields compatible with the research program at the RIKEN BNL Research Center at Brookhaven National Laboratory ( .

The Department of Physics has 33 tenured or tenure-track faculty members, 114 undergraduate and 90 graduate students, and has recognized groups actively engaged in research in AMO, condensed matter, nuclear and particle physics. Other key strengths for the department include strong collaborations with the Institute of Materials Science at UConn, the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, as well as Brookhaven, Argonne, Lawrence Berkeley, SLAC and Jefferson National Labs.

The successful candidate will be expected to contribute to research and scholarship through extramural funding, high quality publications, impact as measured through citations, and national recognition, for example, and through honorific awards. In the area of teaching, the successful candidate will share a deep commitment to effective instruction at the undergraduate and graduate levels, development of innovative courses and mentoring of students in research, outreach and professional development. Successful candidates will also be expected to broaden participation among members of under-represented groups; demonstrate through their research, teaching, and/or public engagement the richness of diversity in the learning experience; integrate multicultural experiences into instructional methods and research tools; leadership in developing pedagogical techniques designed to meet the needs of diverse learning styles and intellectual interests.

Minimum Qualifications

Ph.D. or foreign equivalent in Physics or a related field; a demonstrated ability to initiate and lead independent research; an established record of publications in major scientific journals.

Preferred Qualifications

Leading active, on-going research in Theoretical Nuclear or Particle Physics; at least two years’ post-doctoral experience; strong teaching skills; the ability to contribute through research, teaching, and/or public engagement to the diversity and excellence of the learning experience.

Appointment Terms

This is a full-time, 9-month, tenure track position with an anticipated start date of August 23, 2017.  The successful candidate's primary academic appointment will be at the Storrs campus with the possibility of work at UConn’s regional campuses across the state. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

To Apply

Please select apply and submit the following materials: a cover lettercurriculum vitaeteaching statement (including teaching philosophy, teaching experience, commitment to effective learning, concepts for new course development, etc.); research and scholarship statement (innovative concepts that will form the basis of the academic career, experience in proposal development, mentorship of graduate students, etc.); commitment to diversity statement (including broadening participation, integrating multicultural experiences in instruction and research and pedagogical techniques to meet the needs of diverse learning styles, etc.); sample journal articles or books. Additionally, please follow the instructions in Academic Jobs Online to direct at least three reference writers to submit letters of reference on your behalf. 

Evaluation of applicants will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.  Employment of the successful candidate will be contingent upon the successful completion of a pre-employment criminal background check. (Search # 2017066)

Any questions regarding this position should be directed to 

For more information regarding the Department of Physics please visit the department website at

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The University of Connecticut is committed to building and supporting a multicultural and diverse community of students, faculty and staff. The diversity of students, faculty and staff continues to increase, as does the number of honors students, valedictorians and salutatorians who consistently make UConn their top choice. More than 100 research centers and institutes serve the University’s teaching, research, diversity, and outreach missions, leading to UConn’s ranking as one of the nation’s top research universities. UConn’s faculty and staff are the critical link to fostering and expanding our vibrant, multicultural and diverse University community. As an Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity employer, UConn encourages applications from women, veterans, people with disabilities.

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Further Info:
University of Connecticut
Department of Physics
2152 Hillside Road, U-3046
Storrs, CT 06269-3046

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