The Department of Physics, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colorado, seeks to hire a tenure-track faculty member with research interests in materials physics.  Exceptional candidates from all areas of materials physics/condensed matter 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 preference is to fill this position at the Assistant Professor level but consideration will also be given to exceptional applicants at higher ranks. The focus is on an experimental hire, but exceptional computational/theoretical applicants may be considered.

The Department of Physics is comprised of 22 faculty members with research programs in condensed matter physics; atomic, molecular, and optical physics; and high-energy and particle astrophysics. The condensed matter program includes experimental groups in magnetics, superconductivity, low temperature physics, nanophysics, and photovoltaics, and theoretical efforts in nanoscale pattern formation, chaos, superconductivity, and nanophysics

This new position is part of a cluster hire in materials science in the College of Natural Sciences.  As part of this effort, the Department of Chemistry is also conducting an independent materials chemistry search; see The collaborative nature of this cluster position is such that we are particularly seeking candidates who demonstrate the potential for interdisciplinary research with members of the physics faculty, the Department of Chemistry, and/or other departments in the College of Natural Sciences and the University.


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.  This official manual may be found at:,


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.

Starting Date:

August 2013 or as appropriate.


Applications completed by November 15, 2012 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.

Application Procedures:

Complete applications must include a cover letter, a detailed CV, descriptions 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 after “Physics”)

Department, University, and Fort Collins Information:

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, Seagate, Sun Microsystems, and Lucent Technologies.

University Non-Discrimination and Diversity Policy:

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.

Background Checks:

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.

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