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Assistant Professor in Quantum Information Theory

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Boulder, Colorado

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Job Summary

The Department of Physics at the University of Colorado Boulder (CU Boulder) seeks applications from candidates for a tenure-track faculty position at Assistant Professor rank in the area of Quantum Information Theory, broadly defined. This position requires the ability to develop and conduct an innovative independent research program, a dedication to teaching in our undergraduate and graduate programs, and a commitment to supporting the diverse populations in our department. The successful applicant will be rostered in the Physics Department and may be considered as a potential Fellow of JILA, and of the Center for the Theory of Quantum Matter (CTQM).

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.

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, nine MacArthur "Genius Award" winners, 100 Fulbright Scholars, 17 Guggenheim Fellows, 14 Packard Fellows, 24 members of the National Academy of Sciences, and 25 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 55 tenured and tenure-track faculty performing cutting-edge research. Its graduate physics program draws more than 1000 applications per year and is ranked by the National Research Council and US News to be among the top 15 overall. Both its graduate and undergraduate programs are among the largest in the US. The Department appears as high as 12th worldwide in international rankings of university physics departments. The department is strongly affiliated with centers and institutes such as JILA, a research institute administered jointly by NIST and the University of Colorado, and the Center for Theory of Quantum Matter, as well as with nearby National Laboratories (NIST and NREL), offering world-class facilities and broad opportunities for research collaboration.

What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be

  • Establish a vigorous research program, teach at the undergraduate and graduate level, contribute to creating an inclusive culture, and participate in service to the Department, University and the field.

What You Should Know

  • The position is anticipated to start in the Fall 2023 semester.
  • As part of the University of Colorado Boulder’s deep commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion, the campus has implemented a reference check pilot program with respect to final candidates for tenured faculty appointments. The reference check pilot program is intended to allow CU Boulder to collect and review information about a candidate's conduct at their previous institutions, specifically conduct related to sexual misconduct, harassment, and/or discrimination – before making hiring decisions. All final candidates for tenured faculty appointments are required to complete an Authorization to Release Information.
  • All University of Colorado Boulder employees are required to align with the campus COVID-19 vaccine requirement. New employees must provide proof of vaccination or receive a medical or religious exemption within 30 days of employment.

What We Can Offer

The salary range for this full-time position is $100,000 – $105,000. This salary is for a 9-month academic period. Summer month activities are at the applicant’s discretion and externally funded projects can be used as a means to cover their summer salary. A startup fund will be available, including funds for moving expenses. The University of Colorado offers generous benefits, including medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, and tuition benefits for the employee or their dependents.


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.

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What We Require

  • Candidates for this position must hold a Ph.D. degree in physics or a related field and have demonstrated research excellence.

Special Instructions

To apply, please submit the following materials:
  1. Resume/CV
  2. Cover Letter
  3. List of Publications
  4. Research Statement that includes research related goals (up to four pages)
  5. Teaching Statement that includes teaching related goals. (1-2 pages)
  6. Diversity and Inclusion Statement (1-2 pages)
During the application process you will need to enter contact information for three references. We will request the letters of recommendation immediately following your application.

Review of applications will begin on November 7, 2022, but applications will be accepted until the position is filled.  
Note: Application materials will not be accepted via email.  For consideration, applications must be submitted through CU Boulder Jobs.

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Posting Contact Name: Boulder Campus Human Resources

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