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Assistant Professor of Physics (id:73201)
University of Maine in Orono, Maine
Date Posted 01/16/2022
Employment Type
Application Deadline Open until filled

Assistant Professor of Physics (id:73201)


Physics & Astronomy - OPS



Orono ME

Applications are invited for a full-time, academic-year tenure-track Assistant Professor position at the University of Maine (UMaine) in the Department of Physics and Astronomy (physics.umaine.edu ) within the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (umaine.edu /las/), with a joint appointment in the Frontier Institute for Research in Sensor Technologies, FIRST (umaine.edu/first /). This position will respond to the research needs in a recently awarded Department of Energy - Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (DOE EPSCoR) grant that includes high-temperature harsh-environment thin films and materials, integration of electronic components and semiconductor devices, and development of sensor systems. These targeted areas of expertise complement the existing strengths within the Department of Physics and Astronomy & FIRST and are a major focus of the Advanced Materials for Smart Solutions faculty cluster. The anticipated start date for this position is August 29, 2022.


Candidates are being sought who have shown clear evidence of potential for research, teaching, technical communication, and scholarly excellence. Preference may be given to candidates whose record shows active commitment to mentoring or advancing women and/or others who are underrepresented in the field of physics. Candidates are expected to develop creative and independent research that leads to sponsored research, scholarly publications, and training of M.S. and Ph.D. students. Candidates should commit to teaching excellence at both the undergraduate and graduate level. The position also requires active, collegial engagement in professional and university service.


Essential duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Develop a creative and independent research program that leads to sponsored research, scholarly publications, and training of M.S. and Ph.D. students
  • Teach at both undergraduate and graduate levels, and advise students
  • Participate in curriculum development and assessment
  • Engage in university and professional service

The University of Maine is a community of more than 11,700 undergraduate and graduate students, and 2,500 employees located on the Orono campus, the regional campus in Machias, and throughout the state. UMaine is the state land and sea grant university and maintains a leadership role as the System’s flagship university.  As a result, it is dedicated to providing excellent teaching, research, and service at the university, state, and national levels. Further information about UMaine can be found at https://umaine.edu/


The University of Maine offers a wide range of benefits  for employees including, but not limited to, tuition benefits (employee and dependent), comprehensive insurance coverage including medical, dental, vision, life insurance, and short and long term disability as well as retirement plan options. As a former NSF ADVANCE institution, the University of Maine is committed to diversity in our workforce and to dual-career couples.


UMaine is located in beautiful Central Maine. Many employees report that a primary reason for choosing to come to UMaine is quality of life. Numerous cultural activities, excellent public schools, safe neighborhoods, high quality medical care, little traffic, and a reasonable cost of living make the greater Bangor area a wonderful place to live. Learn more about what the Bangor region has to offer here .


The University of Maine System is considered a federal contractor and therefore required to comply with the directives of civil authorities regarding COVID vaccinations. As of January 4, 2022, new hires are required to be fully vaccinated or have submitted a request for a religious or medical exemption on or prior to their start date. Further information can be found here .


  • Ph.D. in physics or a related field by date of hire, with expertise in the area of solid-state physics, materials science, and thin film technology, with preferred emphasis on synthesis, characterization and application of advanced materials.
  • Strong research record, including publications, consistent with the above description
  • A record of successful teaching commensurate with current professional experience


  • A record of successful performance in collaborative settings
  • Postdoctoral work
  • Familiarity with and/or openness to active engagement teaching strategies
  • Evidence of dedication towards mentoring women and/or other populations that are underrepresented in physics 

Materials must be submitted via "Apply For Position" below. You will need to create a profile and application; upload:


1.) a cover letter describing your experience, interests, and suitability for the position
2.) a curriculum vitae
3.) statement of research interests and teaching interests, total not to exceed 5 pages
4.) pdfs of three most significant publications
5.) contact information for three professional references


You will also need to submit the affirmative action survey, the self-identification of disability form, and the self-identification of veteran status forms. Incomplete application materials cannot be considered. Materials received after the initial review date will be reviewed at the discretion of the University.


Search Timeline is as follows:
Review of applications to begin: March 1, 2022
Screening interviews to begin no earlier than: March 28, 2022 
On-site interviews to begin no earlier than: April 18, 2022
Tentative start date: August 29, 2022 


For questions about the search, please contact search committee chair Robert Lad at rjlad@maine.edu or 207-581-2257.


Appropriate background checks are required.


The University of Maine is an EEO/AA employer, and does not discriminate on the grounds of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, transgender status, gender expression, national origin, citizenship status, age, disability, genetic information or veteran’s status in employment, education, and all other programs and activities. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies: Amie Parker, Director of Equal Opportunity, 101 North Stevens Hall, University of Maine, Orono, ME  04469-5754, 207.581.1226, TTY 711 (Maine Relay System).

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