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 Tenure Track Position - Harvey Mudd College

The Department of Physics of Harvey Mudd College, one of the Claremont Colleges, has an opening for a tenure-track appointment at the assistant professor level, beginning September 2016. The department ( has thirteen full-time members; we graduate approximately twenty physics majors each year.  We seek an experimental or theoretical physicist with broad intellectual interests who can excel at teaching outstanding undergraduates and who can establish an active research program involving undergraduates. Current areas of research in the department include biophysics, quantum and nonlinear optics, condensed matter physics, laser-induced fusion, mesoscale statistical mechanics, geophysics, semiconductor physics and the environment, theoretical astrophysics and observational astronomy, string theory, general relativity, and theoretical particle physics. Although we welcome applications from outstanding candidates regardless of subfield, we are particularly interested in a candidate who can develop a research program in AMO or condensed matter physics. 

For full consideration, applications should be received by 6 November 2015, but applications will be accepted until the position is filled. On-campus interviews will include both teaching an upper-division physics class and presenting a research colloquium. Applicants should apply online (using the website), where they should submit a curriculum vitæ, a statement of teaching experience and interests, a statement of research interests that describes how undergraduates would be involved in the proposed research, and three letters of reference, at least one of which addresses teaching ability or potential. Experience with or demonstrated ability to effectively teach students from diverse backgrounds will be considered among the criteria for appointment.

Please address the cover letter to Professor Peter N. Saeta, Chair, Department of Physics, Harvey Mudd College, Claremont, CA 91711.

[posted August 11, 2015]

 Lafayette College - Assistant Professor of Physics

The Physics Department of Lafayette College, a highly selective undergraduate liberal arts institution with programs in the arts, sciences, social sciences, and engineering, has an opening for a tenure-track assistant professor. The appointment is expected to start July 1, 2016. Lafayette College is conveniently situated in the Lehigh Valley of Pennsylvania, 70 miles from New York City and 60 miles from Philadelphia. We are seeking candidates with broad intellectual interests, a demonstrated enthusiasm for undergraduate teaching, a commitment to creative instruction in a variety of settings, and the ability to meaningfully involve students in scholarly research in an undergraduate college environment. The successful candidate must be able to teach physics effectively at all levels of the undergraduate curriculum. The Search Committee is particularly interested in individuals who can communicate effectively with groups of undergraduates having a variety of interests, backgrounds and career aspirations, including engineering. Ability and interest in developing and teaching courses for non-science majors would be advantageous, as would eagerness to teach physics-related first-year or interdisciplinary seminars. Candidates must also be able to develop and maintain a vigorous research program in an area of physics that undergraduates find exciting and that enriches the opportunities available for our students. Research proposals with the potential for interdisciplinary connections are particularly encouraged. A Ph.D. in physics (or a very closely related field) by August 2016 is required. More information about the department and position is available at or by writing to

To Apply: To ensure consideration, application materials must be received by November 1, 2015. Application materials received after that date may be considered until the position is filled. Submit letter of application, c.v., statements of teaching philosophy, research plan and startup needs, and three letters of reference via the Job Opportunities link at In your application, please also address how your scholarship, teaching, mentoring, and/or community service might support Lafayette College’s commitment to diversity and inclusion articulated in the College’s diversity statement (

[posted August 11, 2015]

 Assistant Professor of Experimental Physics, Bard College

Bard College invites applications for a tenure-track position in experimental physics at the rank of assistant professor, to begin fall 2016.  Preference will be given to applicants specializing in the subfield of atomic, molecular, and optical physics, but strong applicants from all experimental fields are encouraged to apply.  A successful candidate will have the opportunity to teach throughout the physics curriculum, including laboratory courses, advanced courses, non-majors courses, and courses of their own design. The candidate would be expected to develop a research program that can involve undergraduate students, for which funding and recently renovated lab space in our Reem-Kayden Science Center are available.

Applicants should have a Ph.D. in Physics and preferably post-doctoral experience.

To apply, submit a cover letter, a curriculum vitae, a teaching statement, a research statement, and three letters of recommendation (at least one addressing teaching) through Interfolio at:

Review of applications will begin on October 1, 2015 and will continue until the position is filled.

Bard College is a highly selective liberal arts college with a rapidly growing Science Division and is an equal opportunity employer — we welcome applications from those who contribute to our diversity. For further information about the position, please contact Prof. Cadden-Zimansky at

[posted August 11, 2015]

 California Institute of Technology: Tenure-Track Position in Astronomy and Astrophysics

The Division of Physics, Mathematics and Astronomy at the California Institute of Technology invites applications for a tenure-track professorial position in astronomy and astrophysics.  Fields of interest include, but are not limited to: high-energy astrophysics, compact objects, galactic dynamics and evolution, accretion, stellar astronomy, exoplanets, the formation and evolution of stars and planetary systems, galaxies, and the large-scale structure of the universe.  We are considering an appointment in both theoretical and observational/data/instrumental astrophysics. An exceptional array of facilities is headquartered at Caltech.  Currently in operation are: the Keck and Palomar Observatories, OVRO, NuSTAR, Spitzer Science Center, IPAC, NASA Exoplanet Science Institute, LIGO Laboratory, and the Caltech Center for Data-Driven Discovery.  Ongoing development projects include ZTF and the Thirty Meter Telescope. We are seeking highly qualified candidates committed to a career in research and teaching. Applications should include curriculum vitae, a list of papers published and submitted (with refereed papers indicated), a brief essay describing the applicant's research interests and the program of research he/she proposes to carry out at Caltech, and a brief teaching statement.

Applicants are also requested to have at least three letters of reference uploaded to The names and email addresses of the referees should be included in the application. Application materials must be submitted electronically in pdf format (not password protected) at Consideration of applications will begin on Oct 1, 2015, and applicants are encouraged but not required to meet that deadline. EOE of Minorities/Females/Protected Vets/Disability.

[posted August 10, 2015]

 Faculty Position in Experimental and/or Theoretical Physics - California Institute of Technology

The Division of Physics, Mathematics and Astronomy at the California Institute of Technology invites applications for a tenure-track professorial position at the junior level in experimental and/or theoretical physics.  We are conducting a very broad search spanning all areas of physics including those not  currently pursued by the Caltech physics faculty.

We are seeking highly qualified candidates committed to a career in research and teaching. Please apply online at Applications should include curriculum vitae, a list of papers published and submitted (with refereed papers indicated), a brief essay describing the applicant's research interests and the program of research he/she proposes to carry out at Caltech and a brief teaching statement. Applicants are also requested to have at least three letters of reference uploaded. The names and email addresses of the referees should be included in the application. Application materials must be submitted electronically in pdf format (not password protected).

Consideration of applications will begin on Oct 1, 2015, and applicants are encouraged but not required to meet that deadline.

[posted August 10, 2015]

 Assistant Professor - Department of Physics, Mount Holyoke College

The Mount Holyoke College Physics Department invites applications for a tenure-track position at the assistant professor level to begin fall 2016.  We seek a candidate with a strong commitment to undergraduate teaching in a liberal arts environment, and to a vigorous, on-campus, externally-funded research program involving undergraduates that complements the existing research strengths of the department.  A doctorate (anticipated or completed) in physics or a related field with the ability to teach across the physics curriculum is required.  Excellent facilities and technical support for research are available on campus, as well as access to state-of-the-art facilities at nearby University of Massachusetts. Mount Holyoke is an undergraduate liberal arts college for women with 2,200 students and 220 faculty.  Over half the faculty are women; one-fourth are persons of color.  Mount Holyoke College is located about 80 miles west of Boston in the Connecticut River valley, and is a member of the Five College Consortium consisting of Amherst, Hampshire, Mount Holyoke, and Smith Colleges and the University of Massachusetts.  

Mount Holyoke is committed to enriching the educational experience it offers through the diversity of its faculty, administration, and staff members.  Mount Holyoke College seeks to recruit and support a broadly diverse faculty who will contribute to the college's academic excellence, diversity of viewpoints and experiences, and relevance in a global society.  In furtherance of academic excellence, the College encourages applications from individuals from underrepresented groups in the professoriate, including African Americans, Hispanics, Native Americans, Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians, other Pacific Islanders, first generation college students, individuals who have followed non-traditional pathways to college due to exceptional talent and motivation in the face of adversity, such as societal, economic or academic disadvantages, and individuals with a demonstrated commitment to applying and including diverse backgrounds and perspectives to learning, scholarship, service, and leadership in the academy. The successful candidate will demonstrate competence in working with students who are broadly diverse with regard to race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, gender, nationality, sexual orientation, and religion.

To apply, submit materials at, including a cover letter addressing your interest in Mount Holyoke, a CV, a statement of teaching experience with emphasis on approaches to teaching at a small liberal arts college, and a research plan involving undergraduates.  Applicants should also arrange to have three letters of reference submitted on their behalf.  Electronic prompts to referees will be generated automatically after the completed application has been submitted.  Applicants should address relevant experience and proposed strategies for mentoring members of a diverse student body.  For further information please contact Prof. Mark A. Peterson, Department of Physics at  Review of applications will begin October 17, 2015 and will continue until the position is filled.

[posted August 10, 2015]

 Quantum Information Research Scientists - Air Force Research Laboratory

The Computing and Communications Division of the Air Force Research Laboratory’s (AFRL) Information Directorate is looking for outstanding quantum researchers to address cutting-edge computing and communications problems vital to the nation's security. AFRL is a basic and applied research laboratory that has been supporting the US Air Force for more than 60 years. The AFRL Information Directorate employs approximately 750 scientists and engineers, and is the Air Force's center of expertise for R&D of command, control, communications, computers, intelligence (C4I) technologies.

Emphasis areas for open technical staff positions include photon-based quantum information science, and trapped-ion based quantum repeaters.
Physics PhD degree holders in the above specific fields are sought, for three-year term appointments with possible conversion to a permanent position. Candidates for NRC post-doc appointments are also of interest. And, AFRL has strong summer employment programs, and graduate students and faculty working in the areas of interest are encouraged to apply for a summer appointment. AFRL Information Directorate staff members have been at the forefront of information science and technology developments. Staff members work on multi-disciplinary in-house teams. The successful candidates will be able to demonstrate depth in advanced quantum computing and communications, via self-motivation and collaborative efforts.

Located in upstate New York near Syracuse, the AFRL Information Directorate offers a suburban, four-season environment, superior grade and high schools, and several nearby collaborating universities with outstanding academic reputations. We offer stable employment, a competitive salary, excellent benefits, and a world-class professional environment. For an overview see

US citizenship required. Must be eligible for a security clearance. AFRL is an equal opportunity employer. Please contact Dr. Kathy-Anne Soderberg,, (315)330-3687 (trapped-ion based quantum repeaters), or Dr. Paul Alsing,, (315)330-4960 (photon-based quantum information science).

[posted August 10, 2015]

 Assistant Professor of Physics - Juniata College

The Physics Department invites applications for a tenure track assistant professor. Candidates should have a Ph.D. in Engineering, Applied Physics, or related area, a strong interest in undergraduate instruction, and a commitment to supporting and enhancing an Engineering Physics program embedded within a Physics Department at a liberal arts college. We are seeking candidates vitally interested in teaching undergraduate courses for both majors and non-majors, including upper division lecture and laboratory courses in engineering and physics. Appointment is open to strong candidates who can support and build upon our curriculum in the area of engineering physics and coordinate our 3+2 Dual Degree program.

Our primary selection criterion will be the promise of outstanding teaching with the expectation that excellent teaching presumes an active scholarly agenda. Candidates of any research focus will have the opportunity to support student growth through involvement in research projects; start-up funds for research will be available and pursuit of external funding for research is encouraged.

Juniata College is a selective liberal arts college of 1600 students located in Huntingdon, PA. The Department offers bachelors degrees in Physics and Engineering Physics, and graduates an average of ten students per year, half in Engineering Physics.

Applicants should submit 1) a cover letter, 2) curriculum vitae, 3) a description of your teaching interests and experience and a statement describing how you can support and strengthen our Engineering Physics program, and 4) graduate school transcripts. Three letters of recommendation should be sent to or to: Gail Leiby Ulrich, 1700 Moore Street, Huntingdon, PA 16652.

Juniata College takes positive steps to enhance diversity in both its community and its curriculum. The college commits to this policy not because of legal obligations but because it fully believes that such practices are basic to human dignity. It is the policy of Juniata College to conduct background checks. To apply for this position, please complete our online application at

[posted August 10, 2015]

 Numerical Data Scientist (Senior or Principal) - Sandia National Laboratories

About Sandia
Sandia National Laboratories is the nation's premier science and engineering lab for national security and technology innovation. We are a world-class team of scientists, engineers, technologists, post docs, and visiting researchers all focused on cutting-edge technology, ranging from homeland defense, global security, biotechnology, and environmental preservation to energy and combustion research, computer security, and nuclear defense.

To learn more, visit

Department Description
The Data Science & Cyber Analytics Department develops new techniques and tools in machine learning, data analysis, and numerical and discrete algorithms. The department is especially focused on matrix and tensor methods, adversary-aware analytics, at-scale streaming and sampling methods, graph and network analysis, and game theory. The department generates publications in leading technical journals and conferences as well as software that is freely available to the research community. These techniques are largely focused on real-world data with a particular focus on cyber applications. Our efforts impact a wide range of domains ranging from national security applications to basic and applied research.
Job Summary
We have multiple research and development (R&D) openings in applied mathematics, applied statistics, computer science, and data sciences. Our R&D staff tackles challenging data-intensive research problems that lead to fundamental advances for Sandia's customers and sponsors in the U.S. Department of Energy and other government agencies. Research areas include graph analysis, machine learning, multilinear algebra, numerical optimization, sampling and streaming methods, computational simulation and high-performance computing, with applications to cybersecurity and other data-focused domains of national security interest. Much of the work is conducted in interdisciplinary teams, including interactions with other departments within Sandia as well as external collaborators. Staff members are generally encouraged to publish and present results in leading peer-reviewed journals and conferences as well as to develop open-source software.

Primary Job Duties
Plans, conceives, conducts, or manages research and development for Sandia's customers and sponsors. Directs systematic study toward a fuller knowledge or understanding of the fundamental aspects of phenomena and of observable facts, and discovers new approaches to achieve goals. Creates new understandings and capabilities by using the scientific method's hypothesis, test, and evaluation techniques; critical review; or similar engineering research and development methods. Initiates, designs, develops, executes, and evaluates new processes, products, or systems through basic and applied research. Uses engineering principles to research, design, or develop structures, instruments, machines, experiments, processes, systems, theories, or technologies; to construct or operate the same with full cognizance of their design; or to forecast their behavior under specific operating conditions. Undertakes development and possible technology transfer of solutions, products, principles or technology. Undertakes creative work, making systematic use of investigation or experimentation, to discover or revise knowledge of reality, and uses this knowledge to devise new applications.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities
Advanced technical degree or significant equivalent experience. Technical knowledge and competencies appropriate to the position. Thorough knowledge of and applied experience with scientific and engineering methods and with the discipline's standards for the ethical conduct of research. Thorough knowledge of and experience with designing, planning, and executing research, design, and development projects. Demonstrated knowledge of and experience with implementing Sandia policies affecting research, design, and development activities, projects, or initiatives. Demonstrated ability to team across disciplines. Excellent presentation and communication skills.

-Master's degree in applied mathematics, applied statistics, computer science, or a related engineering or science discipline, plus two years' relevant experience; or Ph.D. in these disciplines; -Publication record indicative of relevant research expertise; -Programming experience in C++, C, Java, MATLAB, R, or a related language; -Ability to travel; -Ability to obtain and maintain a U.S. DOE Q and other government agency (OGA) security clearances.

-Strong academic performance (i.e. high GPA); -Demonstrated ability to team in an interdisciplinary R&D environment; -Record of advancing the state-of-the-art in applied statistics, applied mathematics, network and graph analysis, machine learning and other related fields of study; -Demonstrated ability to acquire, prepare, and characterize real-world data for subsequent analysis; -Demonstrated research community leadership through activities such as participation in student or professional organizations, service on committees, workshop and/or conference organization, and editorial roles.

Security Clearance
Position requires a Department of Energy (DOE)-granted Q-level security clearance. Sandia is required by DOE directive to conduct a pre-employment background review that includes personal reference checks, law enforcement record and credit checks, and employment and education verifications. Applicants for employment must be able to obtain and maintain a DOE Q-level security clearance, which requires U.S. citizenship. Applicants offered employment with Sandia are subject to a federal background investigation to meet the requirements for access to classified information or matter if the duties of the position require a DOE security clearance. Substance abuse or illegal drug use, falsification of information, criminal activity, serious misconduct or other indicators of untrustworthiness can cause a clearance to be denied or terminated by the DOE, rendering the inability to perform the duties assigned and resulting in termination of employment.

Equal opportunity employer/Disability/Vet/GLBT

At Sandia you will receive many benefits as a valued employee of a premier national multi-program engineering and science research laboratory. In our Total Rewards package you will enjoy competitive pay, great benefits, a stimulating, positive environment and learning opportunities that will help build your career. More information may be found on our Careers website.

[posted August 10, 2015]

 Director of Undergraduate Laboratories - University of Tennessee, Knoxville

The Department of Physics and Astronomy of The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, is a midsize physics department with about 35 faculty members, three lecturers, 13 staff members, 110 graduate students and 100 undergraduates. The department not only provides physics instruction for physics majors but also delivers a large number of physics and astronomy lectures for our general education and service courses. The laboratory enrollment in these lower division courses is about 1400 students each fall, and growing. The undergraduate laboratories are taught by about 45 graduate teaching assistants (GTAs).
The department is seeking a full-time staff member to serve as Director of Undergraduate Laboratories. The Director’s responsibilities include maintaining and developing instructional laboratory experiments and demo equipment for our general education and service courses, amending and developing the laboratory manual and scheduling traditional labs, and working with instructors to setup integrated, active-learning environments. The Director will also make the teaching assignments for the departmental GTAs and be responsible for the training and daily supervision of all GTAs. The successful candidate will work with undergraduate and graduate students and coordinate with professors and lecturers to provide a constructive learning environment. The director will also lend technical and intellectual support for the department’s upper level laboratories. 

This is an exempt staff position. The successful candidate must hold a Ph.D. in Physics or a related discipline. Candidates should be able to demonstrate substantive experience in physics laboratories and be familiar with laboratory safety protocols, including radiation, chemical, and laser safety. This is a hands-on position requiring technical laboratory skills. In addition, candidates should be familiar with physics education research related to laboratories, as well as be knowledgeable in using modern educational technology. Candidates are also expected to possess excellent written and oral communication skills, as well as substantive experience with managerial and/or supervisory responsibilities.
Interested candidates may upload their applications at The application package should include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, teaching statement, and three letters of recommendation. Employment is expected to commence January 1, 2016. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

[posted August 10, 2015]

 Post-Doctoral Data Science for Social Good Fellows

The Center for Data Science & Public Policy (DSaPP) at the University of Chicago seeks Post-Doctoral Data Science for Social Good Fellows who would like to use their data skills to make the world a better place. Successful applicants will work closely with DSaPP researchers and experts from our partner organizations to research, build, test and implement models and tools that improve outcomes in education, healthcare, public safety and other areas with social impact.

The ideal candidate will possess the following:

  • Strong academic record and PhD (finished or expected soon) in computer science, machine learning, statistics, computational or quantitative physical/social sciences or related areas
  • Experience working on real-world problems and passion for making a social impact
  • Strong programming skills (ideally in Python)
  • Strong database skills
  • Data analysis, machine learning, data mining skills
  • Experience with experimental design

Applications should be submitted using this link and include a CV, expected date of availability and contact information for three references. Applications will continue to be accepted until positions are filled.

For more information, please visit our website.

[posted August 3, 2014]

 Computational Biologist Broad Institute - Cambridge, MA

Apply your computational skills to solving the hardest problems in big-data genomics and have a wide impact on science and clinical practice, including cancer and other diseases. Join a lively team of data scientists and software engineers dedicated to creating the GATK, a widely used and successful software toolkit for applying next-generation DNA sequencing to medical genetics. The GATK team is an integral part of the Data Science and Data Engineering group at the Broad Institute, a research institution that is transforming medicine and human health by building software to organize, process, and visualize scientific data on an unprecedented scale.

Job Description:
As part of this job, you will conceive and develop algorithms and analysis approaches to solve the key challenges for emerging DNA/RNA sequencing technologies, instantiating these ideas in reliable and scalable software tools that will be applied to scientific projects and used to inform clinical decisions, with revolutionary implications in medical and cancer genetics. You will apply computational techniques to design and implement analysis tools to solve complex computational and mathematical problems in genomics. You will work collaboratively with other data scientists on computational-biology research in a fast-paced environment. Your work will be expected to enable the research of other program scientists through excellent communication, teamwork, and a focus on creating usable and accessible research software tools. You must be capable of working in an interactive team environment while conducting self-directed research within broader goals set by group.

Key Responsibilities:
Devise new algorithms and approaches to genomic data analysis.
Rapidly prototype these ideas and validate their value on novel data sets.
Be involved in the effort to implement and optimize successful algorithms in the pipeline and for use by the broader community.
Gather information from, and present results to a broad range of non-computational staff.
Prepare written reports and presentations for internal use and publication.

PhD in Computer Science, Computational Biology, Bioinformatics, Mathematics, Physics or a related field is required.
Experience in computational biology or genomics is a plus.
Excellent oral and written English communication skills
Ability to solve complex problems individually and as part of a team
Expertise within one of the following fields: Genetics, Genomics, Statistics, or Algorithm Development
Experience developing software in one or more modern programming languages

EOE/Minorities/Females/Protected Veterans/Disabilities


[posted July 26, 2014]