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Assistant Professor, Department of Physics
Northern Illinois University

Date Posted Dec. 11, 2018
Title Assistant Professor, Department of Physics
University Northern Illinois University
DeKalb, IL, United States
Department Department of Physics
Application Deadline Open Until Filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Assistant Professor
  • Physics - General

NIU is located near Argonne and Fermilab national laboratories and most faculty, along with a large number of undergraduate and graduate students, are involved in research at these two laboratories. NIU’s physics graduate program was recently ranked in the upper 40% among U.S. universities and in include research specializations in materials science, nanoscience, accelerator science, and particle physics

Northern Illinois University is a comprehensive research university offering programs from the baccalaureate through the doctorate. Colleges include business, education, engineering and engineering technology, law, liberal arts and sciences, health and human sciences, and visual and performing arts. On-campus enrollment is approximately 18,000 students. The university also offers more than 200 extension courses each semester to students in communities throughout northern Illinois.

The main campus is located in DeKalb, 65 miles west of Chicago’s "Loop" and 40 miles southeast of Rockford. In addition to the main campus, NIU has three education centers in Hoffman Estates, Rockford, and Naperville. DeKalb/Sycamore, with a population of about 50,000, is a modern paradox, a rural/urban community. It is simultaneously recognized for its manufacturing and rich farmlands. The site of the first manufacture of barbed wire and the development of hybrid seed corn are evidence of its diversified history. The blend of industry and agriculture, coupled with the cultural and recreational facilities of the university and supplemented by easy access to Chicago and Rockford, provide an enjoyable environment in which to live.

Job Description

The positions are expected to be associated with the Department of Physics and/or College of Engineering & Engineering Technology and the successful candidates are expected to teach at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. One of the appointments will be joint with Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory. The positions will also be associated with the Northern Illinois Center for Accelerator & Detector Development (NICADD) a multidisciplinary center with one of its core missions being the advancement of accelerator science and education. NICADD has strong collaborations with Argonne and Fermi national laboratories.

Required Qualifications

Prospective candidates must have a Ph.D. in the relevant disciple (i.e. Physics, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering) or closely related discipline as appropriate and must have held at least one postdoctoral position in an area of accelerator science or technology.

Preferred Qualifications

Candidates should demonstrate the ability to develop a successful externally funded research program in one of the following areas: beam physics, computational accelerator physics, advanced-accelerator concepts, accelerator-based light sources, micro-fabrication techniques of accelerating structures, radiofrequency engineering, charged-particle-beam sources, beam instrumentation, and photonics/lasers. Diversity is an institutional value of NIU. We seek faculty who embrace NIU’s mission of providing opportunity to a diverse student body by providing them with access to high-quality education and hands-on involvement in research and/or artistry, and community engagement.

Required Applicant Documents
1. Resume/Curriculum Vitae
2. Cover Letter
3. Transcripts (unofficial with official required at hire)
4. List of at least 3 References
5. Statement of Teaching Philosophy
6. Statement of Research Vision

Please submit application and documents through NIU online employment system at Review of completed applications will begin on 1/4/2019; however, applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

For questions contact search committee chair: Philippe Piot,

  • EEO Statement and Visa Policy
    In accordance with applicable statutes and regulations, NIU is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, religion, age, physical and mental disability, marital status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, political affiliation, or any other factor unrelated to professional qualifications, and will comply with all applicable federal and state statutes, regulations and orders pertaining to nondiscrimination, equal opportunity and affirmative action.

    In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility verification document from upon hire.

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Contact Information

  • Philippe Piot
    Department of Physics
    Northern Illinois University
    DeKalb, IL


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