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Open Faculty Position

October 24, 2022

The Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position at the rank of Assistant Professor in the field of experimental nuclear physics.

Assistant Professor Position in Experimental Nuclear Physics (JLab)

The Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville (UT) invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position at the rank of Assistant Professor in the field of experimental nuclear physics. This appointment will be in partnership with the Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility (JLab) through the bridge program. Jlab will provide 50% of the new faculty member’s 9-month salary and benefits for the first 5 years of the tenure-track appointment, and in return, the successful candidate will be expected to devote 50% of their 9-month research effort to projects of interest to Jlab. Thus, we are seeking an individual with a primary interest in the research program of hadronic and nuclear physics conducted at JLab and potential interest in the proposed Electron Ion Collider. The successful individual will be expected to build a strong research program that will enhance the current programs at UT and JLab. Work will be performed both at the UT campus in Knoxville, Tennessee and at JLab in Newport News, Virginia. This position will require occasional travel to attend conferences and meetings.


The successful candidate will have a PhD in Physics or a closely related field at the time of appointment, accompanied by an established record of research that includes significant contributions to the candidate's field of study. Their research potential will be demonstrated through publications in peer-reviewed journals, invited talks, letters of recommendation and the candidate's Research Statement. The successful candidate will be expected to establish an externally-funded research program in the Department and provide training for Departmental graduate students and postdoctoral researchers.

The successful candidate will have the responsibility to contribute to the teaching mission of the Department and the University. The candidate should be committed to effective undergraduate and graduate teaching, as well as innovation in the development of curricula and teaching methods, as demonstrated by the candidate’s Statement of Teaching.

The Department has an exemplary research record, with early career faculty earning Early Career Research Program awards from DOE and NSF CAREER awards, as well as the Office of Naval Research (ONR) Young Investigator award. The University of Tennessee, Knoxville is Tennessee’s flagship state research institution, a campus of choice for outstanding undergraduates, a premier graduate institution with a number of nationally and internationally ranked programs, and the home of national and international leadership in numerous fields.

The Department respects and values people of all races, genders, creeds, cultures, and sexual orientations, and holds a deep commitment toward developing and promoting an inclusive community. We strongly encourage applications from members of groups that are underrepresented in STEM fields, as well as candidates who will contribute in meaningful ways to the equity and inclusion goals of the Department. The latter may be demonstrated in the candidate’s cover letter.

Application Instructions

  • Cover Letter - In addition to the usual information, candidates may also describe how they envision their participation as a citizen in the department to work to promote/improve equity and inclusion. UT’s mission includes a commitment to excellence, equity, and inclusion within the university, across the state, and in all our global activities. The Knoxville campus of the University of Tennessee is seeking candidates who have the ability to contribute in meaningful ways to the diversity and intercultural goals of the University.
  • Curriculum Vitae including research and teaching experience and a list of publications, highlighting those with significant contributions from the applicant.
  • Research Statement - The applicant should articulate a plan for setting up and carrying out a 5-year JLab-focused research program, describing specific experiences or background of the applicant that will maximize the likelihood of success and external funding. Applicants may describe COVID-related impacts on their research program. (Up to 3 pages)
  • Teaching Statement - The applicant should discuss any relevant prior teaching experience and convey how they envision becoming an effective physics instructor in the department at different academic levels. (1-2 pages)

All application materials, including the letters, should be submitted via Additionally, applicants should also arrange for three letters of reference to be submitted through Interfolio. Only electronic applications in PDF format will be considered. Full consideration will be given to applications submitted by December 1, 2022.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

All qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment and admission without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, pregnancy, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, physical or mental disability, genetic information, veteran status, and parental status, or any other characteristic protected by federal or state law. In accordance with the requirements of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, the University of Tennessee affirmatively states that it does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, or disability in its education programs and activities, and this policy extends to employment by the university. Inquiries and charges of violation of Title VI (race, color, and national origin), Title IX (sex), Section 504 (disability), the ADA (disability), the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (age), sexual orientation, or veteran status should be directed to the Office of Equity and Diversity, 1840 Melrose Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37996-3560, telephone 865-974-2498. Requests for accommodation of a disability should be directed to the ADA Coordinator at the Office of Equity and Diversity.

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