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Assistant Professor in Theoretical and/or Computational Plasma Physics

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Boulder, Colorado

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Job Summary

The Physics Department 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 Theoretical and/or Computational Plasma Physics. 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 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 ~1200 applications per year and is ranked by the National Research Council to be among the top 15 overall. The Department appears as high as 12th worldwide in international rankings of university Physics Departments. Plasma Physics research in the Physics Department is strongly affiliated with centers and institutes such as CIPS, LASP, and RASEI, as well as with 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 is 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 2022 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 current and  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 comply 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

Salary will be commensurate with experience; a starting salary range of $94,000 – $97,000 is expected. 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, from which up to $8,000 can be used 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 in theoretical and/or computational plasma physics.

Special Instructions

To apply, please submit the following materials:
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Resume/CV
  3. List of Publications
  4. A research statement (up to four pages)
  5. A teaching statement (up to two pages)
  6. A diversity and Inclusion Statement (up to three pages)
During the application process you will need to enter contact information for three references. We will request letters of recommendation from them immediately following your application. 

Applications should be submitted by January 10, 2022.

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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