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Assistant Professor in Physics

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Boulder, Colorado

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Job Summary

The Department of Physics of the University of Colorado Boulder invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor faculty position in experimental physics, with particular interest in the broad area of soft matter physics.  The successful candidate be expected to establish a vigorous research program, teach at the undergraduate and graduate level, and participate in service responsibilities.  Applicants should have a PhD in physics or related areas and should submit curriculum vitae, publication record including citation information, research and teaching plans (each not to exceed 3 pages in length), and the names of three references. Candidates should apply electronically at, job number #764845. Applications received by December 2, 2019 will receive full consideration but applications will be accepted and reviewed until the position is filled.  The position is anticipated to start in the Fall 2020 semester.

Who We Are

College of Arts and Sciences - The College is the intellectual core of the university, conducting research, scholarship, creative work and education in more than 60 fields. Our research generates new knowledge, addressed toward solving some of the world’s most critical problems. The college leads nationally in undergraduate and graduate education, bringing world-class research and scholarship to our students, both in and out of the classroom. The college is the academic home to all five of the university’s Nobel laureates. Additionally, it is home to the university’s four National Medal of Science winners, eight MacArthur "Genius Award" winners, 100 Fulbright Scholars, 17 Guggenheim Fellows, 14 Packard Fellows, 24 members of the National Academy of Sciences, and 23 members of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. CU-Boulder is the only university in the Rocky Mountain region in the American Association of Universities, a group of the nation’s leading research institutions.
Department of Physics -  The Department includes 54 tenured and tenure-track faculty performing cutting-edge research.  Its graduate physics program draws ~ 800 applications per year is ranked by the National Research Council to be among the top 5 of those of U.S. public universities and among the top 15 overall.  The Department appears as high as 13th worldwide in international rankings of university Physics Departments.   The Department is strongly affiliated with Institutes of the University of Colorado (Biofrontiers, RASEI, JILA, and CIRES), with the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus. and with the nearby National Laboratories (NIST, NREL, and NCAR),  offering world-class facilities and broad opportunities for research collaboration.

What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be

The successful candidate be expected to establish a vigorous research program, teach at the undergraduate and graduate level, and participate in service responsibilities.

What You Should Know

The position is anticipated to start in the Fall 2020 semester.

What We Can Offer

The University of Colorado is one of the largest employers in the State of Colorado, offering inspiring higher education environments on campuses in Boulder, Denver, Colorado Springs, and the Anschutz Medical Complex.


The University of Colorado offers excellent benefits, including medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO Pass. The University of Colorado Boulder is one of the largest employers in Boulder County and offers an inspiring higher education environment. Learn more about the University of Colorado Boulder.

Be Statements

Be Accomplished. Be Collaborative. Be Boulder.

What We Require

A PhD in physics or a related area.

Special Instructions

 To apply, please submit the following materials:

  1. Cover Letter
  2. Resume 
  3. Statement of Teaching Philosophy
  4. Statement of Research Philosophy
During the application process you will need to enter contact information for three references who will be contacted to provide letters of recommendation and additional materials, if needed, as the search progresses.

Review of applications will begin on December 2, 2019.   Applications will be accepted and reviewed  until the position is filled.

Note: Application materials will not be accepted via email. For consideration, applications must be submitted through CU Boulder Jobs.

Posting Contact Information

Posting Contact Name: Boulder Campus Human Resources

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The University of Colorado Boulder is committed to building a culturally diverse community of faculty, staff, and students dedicated to contributing to an inclusive campus environment. We are an Equal Opportunity employer, including veterans and individuals with disabilities.