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Faculty Positions

Department Head of Physics and Astronomy

Purdue University invites nominations and applications for the position of Head of the Department of Physics and Astronomy to start August 2015. The Department seeks a dynamic leader with creative vision and an outstanding record of research accomplishments.

The Department is undergoing a period of exciting development. Departmental strengths include accelerator mass spectrometry; astrophysics; atomic, molecular, and optical physics; biological physics; condensed matter physics; geophysics, high energy physics; nuclear physics; physics education, and planetary physics. The Department is comprised of over 50 faculty members along with about 150 graduate students and 200 undergraduate physics majors. Departmental faculty are involved in University-wide multidisciplinary research through Discovery Park, a group of interdisciplinary research centers and the College of Science

Qualifications: The successful candidate will have an outstanding record of scholarly achievement commensurate with the rank of full professor at Purdue, exceptional and proven leadership abilities, a vision of the role of the department in the university, state, and nation, a well-funded research program, and a commitment to excellence in education, engagement, and diversity. Applicants must have a Ph.D. in physics or a related field.

Applications: Nominations and questions regarding the position of Department Head should be addressed to the chair of the search committee, Prof. E. W. Carlson ( Interested candidates should submit a cover letter and a curriculum vitae including research, teaching, and administrative experience along with the names and email addresses of three references. Electronic submission at is preferred. Review of applications will begin September 22, 2014 and will continue until the position is filled.

A background check is required for employment in this position.

Purdue University is an EEO/AA employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce. All individuals, including minorities, women, individuals with disabilities, and protected veterans are encouraged to apply.

"Big Data" Faculty Position

Purdue University has identified "Big Data" as a major thrust for inter-disciplinary research and education. Several faculty positions are available in enabling technologies as well as in domain sciences that deal with the use and management of digital data. The new hires will join a strong faculty group engaged in this thrust area and will have a unique opportunity to help shape Purdue's vision and research/education agenda in "Big Data". Candidates for tenure and tenure-track positions at the Assistant/Associate professor level will be considered. Strong interest in inter-disciplinary activities is required. The Physics department will consider outstanding candidates with an interest in all data-related areas of physics with equal priority given to all areas. Examples of specific fields of interest in existing research groups are astrophysics, biophysics, nuclear physics and particle physics.

A detailed description of open positions is available at:

Candidates must hold a Ph.D. degree in physics or in a closely related discipline, have demonstrated potential for excellence in research, and be committed to excellence in teaching. Successful candidates will be expected to teach undergraduate and graduate courses, conduct research in their field of expertise, and participate in interdisciplinary "Big Data" activities.

Salary and benefits are highly competitive. Submit applications online at The application should include a cover letter, a complete and detailed vitae, and statements of research and teaching interests. Also, please include names, addresses, telephone numbers, and email addresses for three or more references. For questions regarding the application process, please contact Nicole Piegza ( Applications for positions to begin in Fall 2014 are now being considered; the review will continue until the positions are filled. A background check is required for employment in all positions at Purdue University.

Purdue University is an Equal Opportunity/Equal Access/Affirmative Action employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce.

Faculty Position in Theoretical Biophysics

The Department of Physics at Purdue University ( seeks applications for a faculty position in the area of theoretical biological and soft condensed matter physics with an emphasis on cellular/molecular (statistical) mechanics. Applicants must have a Ph.D. in physics or a related field, an outstanding record of research accomplishments, and potential for excellence in teaching at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Salary and benefits are highly competitive. Candidates are expected to develop vigorous research programs, supervise graduate students, and teach undergraduate and graduate courses. Interested candidates should submit their curriculum vitae, publication list, and brief descriptions of their planned research program and teaching philosophy. Electronic submission is preferred: At least three letters of recommendation should be sent to Biophysics Search, Department of Physics, Purdue University, 525 Northwestern Ave., West Lafayette, Indiana 47907-2036, USA. Applications completed by December 1, 2013 will be given full consideration, although the search will continue until the position is filled.

Purdue University requires a background check for employment in all positions. Purdue University is responsive to the needs of dual career couples, has received an NSF ADVANCE Award for gender equity, and is dedicated to work-life balance through an array of family-friendly policies.

Purdue University is an Equal Opportunity/Equal Access/Affirmative Action employer and is committed to building a diverse faculty of excellence.

Post-Doctoral Positions

Postdoctoral Position in Topological Quantum Materials and Devices

Purdue University's Quantum Matter and Device Laboratory (Yong P. Chen Group: is looking for a highly motivated and qualified individual to fill a postdoctoral position for a project to study novel topological quantum states in semiconductor nanostructures.

The candidate should have the following essential qualifications:

  • recent or upcoming PhD in experimental condensed matter/nano physics or a closely related field
  • excellent publication record and proven ability to lead individual research projects
  • strong technical expertise in experimental low temperature physics using dilution refrigerators, electronic transport in semiconductor mesoscopic/nano devices (including quantum Hall systems, 2D electrons etc.)

The successful candidate will lead research to discover novel physics and topological quantum matter (such as topological insulator, topological superconductor and topological semimetals and beyond) in engineered semiconductor nanostructures and develop potential device applications. He/she will join a highly dynamic research team interacting with the PI, several other experimental and theoretical faculty collaborators and a group of postdocs and graduate students from diverse disciplines (physics, EE, chemistry, and ME) working in related topics, as part of the newly established Purdue Center for Topological Materials ( This project will utilize state of art experimental facilities available in PI's lab and Purdue's Birck Nanotechnology Center (, and several supporting national lab facilities.

Interested candidate should send a CV including detailed information on research experiences, skills, accomplishments, along with names and contact information of 3 references to Prof. Chen by email (

Purdue University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.

Postdoctoral Position in Theoretical Condensed Matter Physics.

A post-doctoral research position in the area of theoretical condensed matter physics is available immediately in the group of Prof. Yuli Lyanda-Geller at Purdue University. Topics of interest are quantum computing and electronic transport in semiconductors and ferromagnets. The successful candidate will perform theoretical research in the areas of dissipation, decoherence and entanglement in nanostructures, particularly quantum dots. Experience with quantum kinetic equation and applications of random matrix theory is desirable. Interested candidates should send CV, research experience and interests, list of publications, and contact information for three references to Applications will be reviewed as received until the position is filled.

Purdue University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.

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