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Assistant Professor of Physics
The University of Maine

Date Posted Jan. 21, 2022
Title Assistant Professor of Physics
University The University of Maine
Orono, ME, United States
Department Department of Physics and Astronomy
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Assistant Professor
  • Physics - General

Applications are invited for a full-time, academic-year tenure-track Assistant Professor position at the University of Maine (UMaine) in the Department of Physics and Astronomy ( within the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (, with a joint appointment in the Frontier Institute for Research in Sensor Technologies (FIRST, Applicants should have expertise in the area of solid-state physics, materials science, and thin film technology, with preferred emphasis on synthesis, characterization and application of advanced materials. Candidates are expected to develop a collaborative research program that complements ongoing funded efforts in the research and development of high- temperature harsh-environment sensor technology. The candidate will participate in an interdisciplinary team involving researchers in the Advanced Materials for Smart Solutions cluster and in FIRST and have opportunities to collaborate with the newly formed interdisciplinary materials science and engineering faculty doing research in diverse fields, from chemistry and materials science to mechanical and electrical engineering. There are opportunities to participate in other multidisciplinary research activities at UMaine, such as environmental science and engineering, biomedical engineering, composite materials, biophysics, condensed matter theory, artificial intelligence, and information technology. Application materials from candidates should show a clear potential for research, teaching, technical communication, and scholarly excellence. Candidates are expected to develop creative research that leads to extramural funding, scholarly publications, and training of MS and PhD students. Candidates should commit to teaching excellence at both undergraduate and graduate levels. The position also requires active engagement in service to the profession, University, and the State.

The candidate must have a Ph.D. in physics or a related field by date of hire and have established a strong research record, including publications, consistent with the above description, and a record of successful teaching commensurate with their experience. Postdoctoral work, and/or experience mentoring women and minorities is preferred.

The Department of Physics & Astronomy offers Ph.D., M.S., B.S., and B.A. degrees in physics as well as an M.E. and an ABET-accredited B.S. degree in engineering physics. The Frontier Institute for Research in Sensor Technologies (FIRST) conducts interdisciplinary research in advanced materials, thin films and sensor-related science and engineering to provide solutions for societal advancement and economic wellbeing.

Interested candidates should submit a complete application package that includes a cover letter, a curriculum vitae, statements of research and teaching interests (total not to exceed 5 pages), pdfs of three most significant publications, and names and contact information for three professional references to Appropriate background checks are required. General correspondence regarding this position should be sent to the search committee chair, Dr. Robert Lad, at and/or by phone at (207) 581-2257. Review of candidates for the position will begin March 1, 2022, and will continue until the position is filled. The anticipated start date is August 29, 2022.

  • The University of Maine is an EEO/AA employer, and does not discriminate on the grounds of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, transgender status, gender expression, national origin, citizenship status, age, disability, genetic information or veteran’s status in employment, education, and all other programs and activities.

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