Chair- Department of Physics

Position Description

The University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) is seeking an innovative leader to serve as Chair in the Department of Physics.  Research activities in the Department reflect major areas of experimental and theoretical physics, and faculty receive extramural funding from federal and state programs, private foundations and industry.  Applicants for this position must have a distinguished record of scientific achievement, demonstrated leadership skills, and a commitment to the strong educational mission advanced by the Department. Applicants must be committed to the mentorship of students and faculty, and have an informed understanding of key issues affecting faculty recruitment, retention and promotion. The successful candidate is expected to be an active leader and researcher who has a strong vision for the Department and fosters continued growth. The department is especially interested in candidates who will contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community.

Required Qualifications

  • PhD in Physics (or related area)
  • Demonstrated leadership skills
  • Distinguished record of research and teaching
  • Current academic rank of tenured full professor (or equivalent non-US rank)

About the University of Texas at El Paso

Located in one of the largest binational communities in the world, The University of Texas at El Paso is unique among research institutions. UTEP enrolls more than 25,000 students, most of whom are Hispanic. The Brookings Institution in 2017 ranked UTEP as the No. 1 leader in equal access to higher education, based on a combination of research productivity and student social mobility. The University has annual research expenditures of $95 million, maintains an operating budget of $500 million and employs approximately 4,000 people. With 172 bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degree programs available in eight colleges and schools, UTEP is the first national research university serving a 21st century student demographic.

Application Instructions and Contact Information

Applicants should submit a curriculum vitae, a letter of interest, contact information for 5 references, and separate documents describing: 1) individual research, 2) vision plan for the Department, addressing research and education goals, and 3) mentoring experience.

Review of applications will begin November 1, 2018 and will continue until the position is filled.

Questions about this position should be directed to Search Committee Chair, Dr. Michael Kenney at

To apply, please visit

Hiring decisions are based upon budget approval.

In keeping with its Access and Excellence mission, UTEP 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.

UTEP 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.