Physics Faculty Position in Experimental Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Physics

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Posted: September 30th, 2013


Department of Physics

Colorado State University


The Department of Physics, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colorado, seeks to hire a tenure-track faculty member at the rank of Assistant Professor with research interests in experimental atomic, molecular, and optical physics. Exceptional candidates from all areas of AMO physics are encouraged to apply.  Colorado State University is a land-grant institution with a strong commitment to research that impacts society and addresses global problems, while maintaining an emphasis on scholarly excellence.


The Department of Physics is comprised of 20 faculty members with research programs in atomic, molecular, and optical physics; condensed matter physics; and high-energy and particle astrophysics. The AMO program includes experimental groups in ultra-cold atoms, Rydberg spectroscopy, single atom detection, XUV laser physics, and quantum computation.  Collaborations are common with related groups in Chemistry and Engineering.


The appointed individual is expected to:  (1) build a forward looking and internationally recognized research program within the framework of her/his individual areas of interest and expertise that is consistent with the goals and objectives of a university environment; (2) actively participate in the teaching/mentoring/advising of undergraduate and graduate students; (3) participate in department and university administrative governance functions; (4) engage in scholarly/professional endeavors to support his/her continued growth as a teacher and a scholar; and (5) fulfill the general faculty responsibilities in the Academic Faculty and Administrative Professional Manual,

Applicants must hold a Ph.D. or equivalent degree in physics or a related field.  Postdoctoral and/or substantial experience beyond the Ph.D. is expected.  Candidates should have an excellent record of research including significant publications in refereed journals.  Evidence of initiative and leadership in research, and the potential to develop a vigorous, internationally recognized research program is essential.  Candidates should have strong communication skills and a commitment to excellence in teaching/mentoring/advising at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Reflecting departmental and institutional values, candidates are expected to have the ability to advance the Department’s commitment to diversity and inclusion.

Starting Date: August 2014 or as appropriate.

Deadline:  Applications completed by December 15, 2013 will receive full consideration but applications will be accepted until the position is filled.  The application materials of semifinal candidates, including letters of reference, will be made available for review by the entire faculty of the Department of Physics.

Complete applications must include a detailed CV, description of research plans and teaching interests, and at least three letters of reference.  Applications should be submitted online at

Questions should be directed to Chair, Physics Search Committee, (note underscore)

Information about the Department of Physics may be found at  This site also has links to information about Fort Collins and environs.  Colorado State University, with an enrollment of about 27,000 students, holds the prestigious Tier 1 – Very High Research Activity ranking from the Carnegie Foundation. Fort Collins is consistently ranked as one of the best places to live in the United States.  It is an attractive community of about 144,000 inhabitants at the base of the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains, 65 miles north of Denver. The Front Range has developed into a high-technology hub, with companies such as AMD, Intel, HP, LSI Logic, IBM, Sun Microsystems, Lockheed Martin, Ball Aerospace, and Lucent Technologies.

Colorado State University does not discriminate on the basis of race, age, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, sex, gender, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, or gender identity or expression. Colorado State University is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action employer fully committed to a diverse workforce.  The university complies with all Federal and Colorado State laws, regulations, and executive orders regarding non-discrimination and affirmative action.

Colorado State University is committed to providing a safe and productive learning and living community. Accordingly, the university conducts background investigations on all final candidates considered for employment.  Such checks may include, but are not limited to, criminal history, national sex offender search and motor vehicle history.