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Faculty Position: Theoretical Condensed Matter Physics

The Department of Physics at Stanford University is seeking applications for a tenure track Assistant Professor in the area of theoretical condensed matter physics, broadly construed. Applicants should exhibit the potential of running a world-leading independent research program.  They should possess good communication skills and a commitment to teaching and mentoring.  The successful candidate must have a PH.D. in Physics and will be expected to teach courses at both the graduate and undergraduate levels.  We encourage applications from candidates that identify with groups that are historically underrepresented in Physics.  The term of appointment is expected to begin on September 1, 2022. 

Applicants should send materials to the search committee through AcademicJobsOnline. Candidates should upload:

  • a cover letter.
  • curriculum vitae.
  • a publication list; please indicate with bold or an asterisk what you consider your top three publications.
  • a research and teaching statement (three-page combined maximum). 
  • at least three and no more than five letters of reference.

All materials should be submitted online at https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/19520.  For full consideration, materials must be received by December 1, 2021. Later applications may be considered at the discretion of the search committee.

Further information about Stanford Physics may be found at physics.stanford.edu. Inquiries may be directed to Noelle Rudolph, nrudolph at stanford dot edu. 

Stanford is an equal employment opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. Stanford welcomes applications from all who would bring additional dimensions to the University’s research, teaching and clinical missions.

Faculty position: Photo Science

The Photon Science Department at the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, Stanford University invites applications for an open rank, tenure line position at the Assistant Professor level or a tenured position at the Associate or Full Professor level. The SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory designs, builds, operates, and utilizes world leading scientific research facilities at the forefront of X-ray and ultrafast science, cryogenic electron microscopy and tomography, high-brightness electron accelerators, and high power lasers. We are looking for applicants with stellar achievements and promise within the broad field of Photon Science with an emphasis on candidates that will transform the development and application of the current and next generation scientific research facilities at SLAC.

We encourage applicants from a diverse range of disciplines and a broad range of scientific skills to apply. Research areas of interest include:

  • Biosciences with an emphasis on developing structural methods and applications
  • Condensed matter physics with an emphasis on understanding and manipulating the function and emergent properties of quantum materials
  • Materials science and engineering with an emphasis on understanding how material properties dictate device function
  • Molecular and chemical sciences with an emphasis on developing chemical imaging methods with applications in photon and electron driven chemistry and catalysis
  • Plasma physics with an emphasis on theory and simulation
  • X-ray and optical science with an emphasis on developing transformative methods and technology for characterizing molecules and materials with atomic resolution

Additionally, we encourage applicants from a diverse range of research backgrounds to apply, including:

  • Theory, computation, and simulation method development and application
  • Laser and x-ray light source development and application
  • Electron accelerator research and development
  • Synchrotron radiation and electron microscopy instrumentation and method development, including optics, detectors, and in-situ instrumentation
  • Machine learning and data science development for science applications

Applicants should submit: (1) a statement of no more than 3 pages describing the applicant’s  prior and current research and their vision and plans for future research; (2) a statement of no more than 3 pages describing the applicant’s experience and approach to teaching, mentoring, and fostering a diverse, equitable, and inclusive environment for education and research; (3) a cover letter; (4) a curriculum vitae including publication list; and (5) three references to be contacted for letters of recommendation. The applicant should contact Amy Rutherford (amyruth@stanford.edu), should they wish to avoid requests for references at this stage of the application process. Review of applications will begin on December 15, 2021; later applications may be considered at the discretion of the search committee. Start date will be negotiable. Please apply online at AcademicJobsOnline.org: https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/20357.

The Photon Science Faculty, SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, Stanford University value faculty who are committed to advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion. Stanford is an equal employment opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. Stanford welcomes applications from all who would bring additional dimensions to the University's research, teaching and clinical missions.

Faculty position: Particle Physics and Astrophysics

The Particle Physics & Astrophysics (PPA) Department at SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory/Stanford University seeks applicants for faculty appointments in all areas of fundamental particle physics, cosmology and astrophysics, and accelerator science aligned with SLAC’s mission (see https://www6.slac.stanford.edu/research). We also encourage applications from candidates whose research can bridge SLAC’s current science program with emerging opportunities in machine learning and quantum information science. Inclusiveness and diversity are integral to SLAC’s commitment to excellence in research, engagement, and education. We therefore encourage applications from candidates identifying with groups that are historically underrepresented in physics. 

All applications will be reviewed as part of a broad department-wide multi-year search. In addition, special attention will be given in 2021/22 to the following areas: 

Cosmic Frontier and KIPAC -- Applicants for a tenure-track assistant professor in any area of physics pursued by SLAC’s Cosmic Frontier program and the Kavli Institute for Particle Astrophysics and Cosmology (KIPAC). The successful applicant will lead an experimental or theoretical research program in one or more of the areas of dark energy, dark matter, inflation, structure formation, or other emerging areas in the Cosmic Frontier. Applicants at the associate or full professor level may also be considered in areas where program leadership is important. 

Neutrino Physics -- Applicants for an associate or full professor in experimental neutrino physics. Successful applicant(s) will lead SLAC’s experimental program in neutrino mass probes, and/or lead an experimental program in other areas of neutrino physics, with potential synergies in additional areas of SLAC’s program such as detector development, machine learning, and electron-beam experiments. Applicants at the tenure-track assistant professor level may also be considered. 

Applicants must have a Ph.D. in Physics, and should send materials to the search committee through AcademicJobsOnline: https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/19763.  Candidates should upload a cover letter, curriculum vitae (including a publication list), a research statement (three-page combined maximum), as well as a brief (< 300 word) summary of their expected research program. We encourage applicants, as a component of their research statement, to discuss their experience or commitment to engaging with diversity through activities such as fostering an inclusive environment, working with students from diverse backgrounds, or incorporating diverse perspectives. At least three and no more than five letters of reference should be submitted. 

Review of applications will begin on November 15, 2021; later applications may be considered at the discretion of the search committee. 

Stanford is an equal employment opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. Stanford welcomes applications from all who would bring additional dimensions to the University's research, teaching and clinical missions.

Teaching Assistant Positions

The Physics Department believes that teaching is an important part of a graduate-level education in Physics. Consequently, three-quarters of teaching are a requirement for the Ph.D. in physics. Teaching duties vary from course to course but can include leading discussion sections, laboratory sections, meeting with students informally through office hours, and grading homework and exams. A TA application form must be completed before any quarter in which a student wishes to teach.  The Teaching Assistant page has a description of the positions and a link to the TA Application.

TA applications for 2020/21 will be accepted through the application site during the following Two-week periods.
For Autumn Quarter: August 12 - 28, 2020
For Winter Quarter: October 19 - October 30, 2020
For Spring Quarter: February 22  - March 5, 2021
For Summer Quarter: May 14 - 28, 2021

Faculty and Postdoc Positions

We currently post our faculty searches at:
https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/Stanford/PHYS

At the departmental level, we do not typically recruit postdocs directly, but several physics-related organizations at Stanford are also using AJO (mostly for postdoc positions), and they can be found with a search: 
https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo?action=joblist&id=Stanford+physics