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Position Information

Position Information

Working Title: Assistant Professor
Faculty Rank: Assistant Professor
Posting Number: TR0160095
About Virginia Tech:

Virginia Tech, founded in 1872 as a land-grant institution, is currently ranked as a Top 25 Public University by US News & World Report and a Top 25 Public Research University by the National Science Foundation. Through a combination of its three missions of learning, discovery, and engagement, Virginia Tech continually strives to accomplish the charge of its motto: Ut Prosim (That I May Serve). As the Commonwealth’s most comprehensive university and its leading research institution, Virginia Tech serves a diverse population of 30,000+ students and 8000+ faculty and staff from over 100 countries, and is engaged in research around the world. Invent the Future at Virginia Tech.

Position Summary:

The College of Science at Virginia Tech and the Academy of Integrated Science, through its Division of Nanoscience (, are placing strong emphasis on research in nanoscale science, quantum phenomena, complex materials, and energy through interdisciplinary faculty hires across departments. As part of this initiative, the Department of Physics ( is recruiting an experimentalist working on nanoscale science for a tenure-track faculty position, to start in fall of 2017. Appointment at the assistant professor level is anticipated but exceptional senior candidates will be considered. Current departmental strengths in condensed matter physics include molecular/organic electronics, quantum optics and transport, quantum information science, strongly correlated systems, computational materials science, and statistical and biological physics. Preference will be given to experimentalists who can expand our existing condensed matter efforts in nanoscale physics.
The new hire will have opportunities to interact with the Center for Soft Matter and Biological Physics (, College of Engineering (, Macromolecules Innovations (, Biocomplexity (, and Critical Technology and Applied Science ( Institutes.

Applicants must have a Ph.D. in physics or a closely related field and postdoctoral experience. Successful candidates will be expected to establish vigorous research programs and teach effectively at the undergraduate and graduate levels and work closely with the existing nanoscience degree program.

Further information can be found at, and questions regarding the position can be directed by email to:

Expectations for this position include: development of a vigorous, well-funded and internationally-recognized research program; effective and enthusiastic instruction in physics and in physics-related courses in the Academy of Integrated Science’s Division of Nanoscience; working with a diverse population of undergraduate and graduate students; occasional travel, for example, to attend professional conferences and present research seminars; continuing development of professional capabilities and scholarly activities; participation in department, academy, college, and university governance; and professional service. The faculty handbook (available at provides a complete description of faculty responsibilities at Virginia Tech.

Required Qualifications:

Applicants must have a strong record of accomplishments and creativity in physics research; experience with and commitment to interdisciplinary research; vision, creativity, and leadership skills; willingness to cross disciplinary boundaries to tackle complex scientific challenges; a desire to advise and teach a student body which is diverse with respect to socio-economic status, interests, and abilities; and commitment/sensitivity to address issues of diversity in the university community. Applicants must have earned a doctorate in Physics or a closely related field and postdoctoral experience at the time of appointment.

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How to Apply for this Job:

Applications must be submitted online at (#TR0160095) and should include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, a research plan (3-5 pages), a statement of teaching philosophy that describes an integrated vision for nanoscience education, and contact information for at least three references (five for senior candidates). The references will be notified by email to upload their letters using the online system. Review of applications will begin on December 1, 2016 and continue until the position is filled. As part of the hiring process, the successful applicant must pass a criminal background check.

Employee Category: Instructional/Research Faculty
Appointment Type: Regular
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FLSA Status: Exempt: Not eligible for overtime
Tenure Status: Tenure Track
Academic Year or Calendar Year? Standard Academic Year
Percent Employment: Full-time
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Pay Range: Commensurate with experience
Department: Physics
Work Location: Blacksburg
Location, if not Blacksburg:
Location Zip Code: 24061
Job Posting Date: 09/12/2016
Review Begin Date: 12/01/2016
Job Close Date: (if applicable)
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Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Statement:

Virginia Tech does not discriminate against employees, students, or applicants on the basis of age, color, disability, gender, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, genetic information, or veteran status; or otherwise discriminate against employees or applicants who inquire about, discuss, or disclose their compensation or the compensation of other employees, or applicants; or any other basis protected by law.

For inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies, contact the executive director for Equity and Accessibility at 540-231-2010 or Virginia Tech, North End Center, Suite 2300 (0318), 300 Turner St. NW, Blacksburg, VA 24061.

Reasonable Accommodation Statement:

If you are an individual with a disability and desire accommodation please contact the hiring department.

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Required Documents

Required Documents
  1. Resume/Curriculum Vita
  2. Cover Letter
  3. List of References
  4. Research Statement
  5. Teaching Statement
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