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Search for Professor and Chair: Department of Physics and Astronomy

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The Department of Physics & Astronomy at the University of Utah invites applications for the position of Professor and Chair of the Department. The successful candidate will be a distinguished scholar with an active research program who has a demonstrated track-record of leadership in an academic environment.  

The Department’s 37 tenure-line faculty span a broad array of research specialties including biophysics, theoretical and experimental condensed matter physics, theoretical particle physics, experimental high energy astrophysics, cosmology, observational astronomy, and physics education research. The Department’s roughly $6M annual research expenditures support a newly reinvigorated graduate program, and roughly 35 postdocs and research faculty. Currently, there are approximately 70 graduate students and approximately 200 undergraduate majors in the Department.   

Applicants are invited to submit a CV and a cover letter addressing their interest in the position, their relevant experience including examples of administrative successes, and a brief statement of vision for advancement and growth of the Department. Applications will be treated confidentially until finalists are chosen and consent is given for the search committee to collect references. 

Apply here. Review of applications will begin November 1, 2019. For further information, please contact the Search Committee members below.

The University of Utah is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and does not discriminate based upon race, national origin, color, religion, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, status as a person with a disability, genetic information, or Protected Veteran status. Individuals from historically underrepresented groups, such as minorities, women, qualified persons with disabilities and protected veterans are encouraged to apply. Veterans’ preference is extended to qualified applicants, upon request and consistent with University policy and Utah state law. Upon request, reasonable accommodations in the application process will be provided to individuals with disabilities. To inquire about the University’s nondiscrimination or affirmative action policies or to request disability accommodation, please contact: Director, Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action, 201 S. Presidents Circle, Rm 135, (801) 581-8365. For additional information: http://www.regulations.utah.edu/humanResources/5-106.html.

The University of Utah values candidates who have experience working in settings with students from diverse backgrounds, and possess a strong commitment to improving access to higher education for historically underrepresented students. 

 Search Committee  

Pearl Sandick

Pearl Sandick 
(Co-chair) 
Associate Dean of Faculty Affairs for College of Science
Associate Professor, Physics & Astronomy
 
sandick@physics.utah.edu

 

Denise Dearing

Denise Dearing
(Co-chair)
Distinguished Professor 
Director, School of Biological Sciences
denise.dearing@utah.edu

 

Ben Bromley

Ben Bromley
Professor and Associate Chair
Physics & Astronomy

bromley@physics.utah.edu 

Kyle Dawson

Kyle Dawson 
Professor, Physics & Astronomy

kdawson@astro.utah.edu  

Feng Liu


Feng Liu
 
Professor, Materials Science & Engineering 
fliu@eng.utah.edu 

About the Department and the University

The University of Utah (the “U”), located in Salt Lake City, is the flagship public research university in the state of Utah. The university has nearly 25,000 undergraduate and more than 8,000 graduate students enrolled annually. 
Founded in 1850, it is one of the oldest universities west of the Mississippi River and is classified as a “comprehensive research university” among the 3,400 U.S. institutions. The National Science Foundation ranks Utah with MIT and Stanford as national leaders in the licensing of new technology. 
The mission of the Department of Physics & Astronomy  is to advance knowledge about the appearances and interactions of energy and matter and of celestial objects and phenomena. We share this knowledge with students and the wider community through a continuous effort in undergraduate and graduate teaching and by achieving research excellence in theoretical physics, experimental physics, and astronomy. 

Last Updated: 10/9/19