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Quantitative research job at finance-focused think tank in Boston

A new, well-funded think tank is interested in hiring PhDs and post-docs for conducting research in the area of quantitative asset allocation. The hires will work on a small team directly overseen by the founder who has a physics PhD and a 20-year track record of successful research in the area of quantitative trading. There is particular interest in individuals with a physics or computational physics background, but other fields are also a consideration. There are roles for individuals with both purely theoretical and computational backgrounds.

Contact: Sameer Vishwanathan at or 646-257-2568. Sameer runs New Emerald, which is an Austin-based recruiting firm focussed on clients in the quantitative finance space. More on Sameer at

Recommended Reading: If you are unfamiliar with quantitative finance, these resources may help:

[posted March 6, 2018]

Tenure-track Assistant Professor of Physics (Howard University)
The Department of Physics and Astronomy in the College of Arts and Sciences invites applications for a tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor.  The Department seeks an experimental physicist who specializes in condensed matter physics or materials related research with preference to those with backgrounds in nanoscale materials for renewable energy applications. Existing synthesis and characterization facilities are available to position the new faculty member to quickly advance their research initiative.  We seek outstanding applicants with a demonstrated track record of excellence in research and teaching. Successful candidates are expected to develop vigorous, extramurally funded research programs in their areas of expertise, actively participate in the Department's teaching and curriculum development at the undergraduate and graduate levels, and mentor undergraduate and graduate students. Evidence of interest and success in mentoring underrepresented minority students is highly desired.

[posted February 14, 2018]

Visiting Assistant Professor, Physics and Astronomy (Bucknell University)

Bucknell University's Department of Physics & Astronomy invites interested candidates to apply for two Visiting Assistant Professor positions for the 2018-19 academic year, beginning in August 2018. These positions will be for one year, renewable for a second upon mutual agreement between the department and the VAP. The annual teaching load for a VAP is six courses or their equivalent per year, spread over two semesters. By the start date of the position, candidates are expected to have a Ph.D. or be ABD in physics or a related field. Evidence for potential in teaching excellence is important.

For additional information and to apply, please visit Bucknell's career site ( The application should include a cover letter, C.V., teaching statement, and three confidential letters of recommendation. Applications will only be accepted online. Questions about the position should be addressed via email to Professor Michele Thornley at

The review of applications will begin on March 15, 2018 and continue until the position is filled.

Bucknell University is a private, highly selective national University where liberal arts and strong professional programs in engineering, business, education, and music complement each other. The Department of Physics & Astronomy is a fully undergraduate department with 14 tenured and tenure-track faculty, and support provided by two technical staff, one lab coordinator, and one administrative assistant. Typically, 10-15 physics majors graduate per year, and we offer a range of introductory courses that are taken by students majoring in all math and science disciplines in the College of Arts & Sciences, all of the students in the College of Engineering, and by students from all majors in a liberal arts environment.

[posted February 14, 2018]

Staff Editor, Physics (American Physical Society)

Physics, an online publication from the American Physical Society, seeks a talented physical sciences writer or editor to join its editorial team.

Physics features authoritative news and commentary pieces about research in the Physical Review journals. The new editor will be primarily responsible for identifying appropriate papers for coverage, commissioning and editing commentaries, and writing and editing short research summaries. They will also be expected to contribute stories from meetings, Q&As with scientists, and other feature articles, as well as to promote Physics content via social media, lab visits, and conferences. As the job develops, the new editor may be asked to create and/or lead a new section of the publication.

The ideal candidate will have a Ph.D. in physics (or a related field) and three or more years of experience writing and/or editing articles about the physical sciences for a nonspecialist audience. Experience working with experts on commentaries would be a plus. Candidates with extensive experience may be considered for a Senior Editor position.

The new editor must have exceptional communication skills, as they will work with a variety of professionals, including leading scientists, illustrators, web developers, and APS staff. The job demands a highly organized and self-motivated individual who can distill technical results into a clear and engaging message, balance many assignments, and work under tight deadlines.
This position is officially located at the APS Editorial Offices in Ridge, New York, close to Brookhaven National Laboratory and Stony Brook University, and 60 miles from New York City.  Flexible working arrangements and part-time telecommuting  could, however, be negotiated.  APS offers a competitive salary and an outstanding benefits package.  For general information about the American Physical Society and its journals, see

[posted February 14, 2018]

Energy Technology Startup, Modern Electron

Modern Electron, a Seattle area startup, is looking for talent in engineering & the physical sciences. As a member of our R&D team, they will join a super interdisciplinary group with nanofabrication / electrical / mechanical engineers, computational and experimental physicists, and material scientists. We are a tight-knit organization, with great potential for learning, impact, and growth in a collaborative team setting.

Here are the job descriptions & links:

[posted February 14, 2018]