Assistant Professor in Theoretical Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics

  • University of Connecticut, Physics Department
  • University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT, USA
  • Dec 09, 2020
Full time   Physics & Astronomy

Job Description


The University of Connecticut (UConn) is pleased to invite applications for a full-time tenure track faculty position in the Department of Physics in Theoretical Atomic, Molecular, and Optical (AMO) Physics at the rank of Assistant Professor, to begin in August 2021. An appointment at the Associate Professor level may be considered for an exceptional candidate. We are particularly interested in quantum dynamics and ultrafast processes in AMO science. The department currently has three funded groups working in experimental ultrafast laser and FEL interactions with atoms and molecule, so the ability to collaborate with experimentalists is a high priority. The successful candidate will demonstrate the ability to build a strong research program in Theoretical AMO Physics with an interest in collaborating with existing experimental groups.

The successful candidate will be expected to contribute to research and scholarship through extramural funding, high quality publications, impact as measured through citations, and national recognition such as honorific awards. The successful candidate will share a deep commitment to effective instruction at the undergraduate and graduate levels, including Studio Physics, innovative courses and instruction methods, and mentoring of students in research, outreach, and professional development. Successful candidates will also be expected to broaden participation among members of under-represented groups; demonstrate through research, teaching, and/or public engagement the commitment to, and support of, diversity in the learning experience; integrate multicultural experiences into instructional methods and research tools; and provide leadership in developing pedagogical techniques designed to meet the needs of diverse learning styles and intellectual interests.

Preferred and Required Qualifications


Earned Ph.D. in Physics or related field; demonstrated ability to initiate and lead an independent research program; an established record of publications in major scientific journals; evidence of excellence in teaching, and a deep commitment to promoting diversity through their academic and research programs. Equivalent foreign degrees are acceptable.


A leadership role in active, ongoing research in Theoretical AMO Physics; at least two years' post-doctoral experience; strong teaching skills; and the ability to contribute through research, teaching, and/or public engagement to the diversity and excellence of the learning experience.

Application Details


This is a full-time, 9-month, tenure-track position with an anticipated start date of August 23, 2021. The successful candidate’s academic appointment will be at the Storrs campus. Faculty may also be asked to teach at one of UConn’s regional campuses as part of their ordinary workload. Salary and rank will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.


Please apply via Academic Jobs Online Evaluation of applicants will begin December 15, 2020. Any questions regarding this position should be directed to For more information regarding the Department of Physics please visit the department website at


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