Assistant Professor-Physics

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POSITION DESCRIPTION: The Department of Physics at The University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) is hiring a tenure track assistant professor with the goal of enhancing a science center to sustainably address foreseeable societal problems associated with resource limitations. The research areas of interest include but are not limited to: energy, environmental physics, next generation quantum logic and algorithms. Preference will be given to candidates working towards enhancing environmental sustainability.  Successful candidates are expected to develop an independent externally funded research program; to mentor, teach and direct students/researchers in physics from the undergraduate to postdoctoral levels; and to engage in outreach and service activities.  Anticipated appointment date is Fall 2021. ​

ABOUT THE DEPARTMENT:  The UTEP Department of Physics currently enrolls more than 120 graduate and undergraduate students. The department offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in physics and participates in the multidisciplinary Ph.D. programs in Materials Science and Engineering, Computational Science, Environmental Sciences and Biomedical Science. The department has active research programs in atmospheric, bio-, computational, applied/materials, quantum information, and nuclear physics. Physics faculty and students benefit from state-of-the-art research laboratories for synthesis and structure-property investigations, optical spectroscopy and nuclear magnetic resonance microscopy, and high-resolution imaging. The department has access to exceptional computational facilities. More information is available at the Department of Physics website:


The University of Texas at El Paso is a comprehensive public research university that is increasing access to excellent higher education. UTEP enrolls more than 25,000 students in 167 bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral programs in 10 colleges and schools. It is one of the largest and most successful Hispanic-serving institutions in the country, with a student body that is over 80% Hispanic. UTEP advances discovery of public value and positively impacts the health, culture, education and economy of the community it serves. With more than $100 million in total annual research expenditures, the University is ranked among the top 5% of colleges and universities in research and fifth in Texas for federal research expenditures at public universities, after UT Austin, Texas A&M, the University of Houston and The University of Texas at Dallas. It is also nationally recognized as a community-engaged university.

Set against the backdrop of the Franklin Mountains in the Chihuahuan Desert, The University of Texas at El Paso is located along the U.S.-Mexico border in one of the world’s largest binational communities. UTEP’s award-winning, sustainably designed campus landscape and unique Bhutanese architecture create an energizing and tranquil oasis in the bustling El Paso-Juárez metroplex of more than 2 million residents. El Paso is a highly livable, bicultural community of more than 800,000 people that offers affordable homes and attractive neighborhoods. It has been repeatedly named among the safest large U.S. cities. El Paso experiences almost 300 days of sunshine annually, and residents enjoy outdoor activities year-round. The City of El Paso is adjacent to the state of New Mexico and the country of Mexico, making it an ideal venue for academic programs and research studies on topics of national interest, such as bilingual education/language acquisition, border environment and immigration, environmental sustainability and infrastructure, health disparities, and international trade and commerce. 

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS: Applicants must have a Ph.D. in physics or related area, a demonstrated interest in sustainability science, and the capacity to secure extramural funding. Postdoctoral experience will be given preference. 

APPLICATION PROCEDURE:  Candidates must submit: 1) letter of interest, 2) statement of research interests and plan, 3) brief outline of teaching experience and/or philosophy, 4) curriculum vitae, 5) copies of up to three relevant authored or co-authored publications, and 6) complete contact information for at least three references. Items 1-3 are not expected to exceed six pages total. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

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Hiring decisions are based upon budget approval. 

In keeping with its Access and Excellence mission, The University of Texas at El Paso is committed to an open, diverse, and inclusive learning and working environment that honors the talents, respects the differences, and nurtures the growth and development of all.

The University of Texas at El Paso is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. The University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, disability, genetic information, veteran status, sexual orientation, or gender identity in employment or the provision of services in accordance with state and federal law. Discrimination on the basis of sex includes an employee's or prospective employee's right to be free from sexual harassment under Title IX of the Higher Education Amendments of 1972.