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Assistant Professor in Physics (Clare Boothe Luce)

University of Texas at El Paso

Job Description

About The University of Texas at El Paso:

Located in the culturally vibrant U.S.-Mexico border, The University of Texas at El Paso is an emerging national research university with more than 24,000 students. El Paso is a highly livable, bicultural community of more than 800,000 people, which offers affordable homes and attractive neighborhoods. It is the safest large city in the United States. El Paso experiences more than 300 days of sunshine annually, and residents enjoy outdoor activities year-round.

The city of El Paso is adjacent to both the state of New Mexico and the country of Mexico, making it the nation's leading area for cultural diversity and border health research. Comprising 248 square miles, El Paso is the sixth largest city in Texas and 24th largest city in the United States.

El Paso's active arts and culture community features the state's longest running symphony orchestra, a nationally recognized chamber music festival, art galleries, history museums, and a full schedule of seasonal festivals and events. UTEP adds to the arts scene with an award-winning dinner theater, music and dance productions, contemporary and student art galleries, and a natural history museum. For sports fans, the UTEP Miners offer exciting Division I college athletics at Sun Bowl Stadium, the Don Haskins Center, and Kidd Field, University Field and the Helen of Troy Softball Complex. Southwest University Park, located a mile away in lively downtown El Paso, is home to the El Paso Chihuahuas, the Triple-A affiliate of the San Diego Padres, and the El Paso Locomotive, a professional soccer team founded in 2019.

The Department of Physics at UTEP, with a full-professor cohort that is 50 percent female and a total faculty cohort that is 27% female is proud of its past successes in supporting diversity, equity, inclusion in science and is committed to fulfilling the visions of Ambassador Clare Boothe Luce and many other champions of equity, diversity, inclusion, and accessibility. Its female faculty have secured a significant percentage of the department's funding, received invitations to open the plenary session in North Africa (2021) that recognized the International Year for Women in Science, have initiated an annual seminar at UTEP in recognition of the International Day for Women and Girls in Science, and have exemplified UTEP's broader commitment to excellences through inclusivity by offering other students from El Paso's community of under-represented population as well as developing nations an opportunity to excel in physics. In specific relevance of quantum computing, departmental members have been active in promoting highly visible gender-balanced symposia at national society meetings (APS and ACS), have participated in OSTP's vision aimed at jump starting Quantum Science education for under-represented high-school students and for undergraduate students at minority-serving and Hispanic-serving institutions.

The Department of Physics at UTEP has rapidly growing research programs in experimental, computational and theoretical physics. New research funding secured by Physics faculty in the last three years amounts to $7.3M, supporting efforts in diverse fields and interdisciplinary efforts linking Physics with Chemistry, Biology and Engineering. The department has access to state-of-the-art experimental facilities for optical, microscopic, magnetic, and structural materials characterizations, as well as outstanding computational capabilities. Physics faculty also contributes to interdisciplinary Ph.D. programs in Materials Science and Engineering, Environmental Science and Engineering, Computational Science, Data Science, and Biomedical Engineering.

Job Description:

The Department of Physics, The University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP), seeks applications from highly qualified candidates fora tenure-track Clare Boothe Luce (CBL) Assistant Professor position in the area of materials physics related to Quantum computing and Quantum Science. Details about the prestigious CBL professorships, which seek to expand educational opportunities for women in STEM and advance America's leadership in the sciences, may be found at .

Subject to approval from the CBL advisory board and the requirements for institutional support from the foundation, the successful candidate will be designated as Clare Boothe Luce Assistant Professor in Physics. CBL appointments offer qualified tenure-track female candidates exceptional support in teaching and scholarship and discretionary support to support the CBL professor's professional needs.


Applicants should hold a Ph.D. in Physics or a related STEM field,possess postdoctoral experience, have a strong record of research accomplishments, and possess strong verbal and written communication skills. The Physics department is strongly interested in recruiting faculty that share a vision of inclusive excellence that resonates with UTEP and the objectives of CBL. According to the CBL website, CBL Assistant Professor candidates must:

  • display the potential for excellence in teaching and research and ability to engage undergraduates in their research programs;
  • demonstrate the ability to leverage the resources provided by the CBL Program and UTEP into a successful long-term research agenda;
  • demonstrate deep commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in support of all students, particularly women, in their disciplines and in in the advancement of discovery in general;
  • show the potential for leadership within their departments, colleges, and UTEP community, their disciplinary communities, and broader efforts to support women and other minoritized students in STEM; and
  • demonstrate commitment to support interdisciplinary research.

The successful candidate will have demonstrated attention to promoting STEM education and research opportunities to pre-college, college and graduate students,should be able to establish and maintain an independent research program at UTEP that complements the existing research in the department, teach at both undergraduate and graduate levels, perform service to the Department, College and University, and engage in outreach activities. The new hire will be a core faculty of the Physics Graduate Program and instrumental in expanding the Quantum Science research in the Department of Physics. The university has committed to support of this position with generous start-up funds.

Additional Information:

Hiring decisions are based upon budget approval.

In keeping with its Access and Excellence mission, The University of Texas at El Paso is committed to an open, diverse, and inclusive learning and working environment that honors the talents, respects the differences, and nurtures the growth and development of all. We seek to attract faculty and staff who share our commitment.

The University of Texas at El Paso is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. The University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, disability, genetic information, veteran status, sexual orientation, or gender identity in employment or the provision of services in accordance with state and federal law. Discrimination on the basis of sex includes an employee's or prospective employee's right to be free from sexual harassment under Title IX of the Higher Education Amendments of 1972. Inquiries-including the filing of a Formal Complaint or reporting an incident-about the application of Title IX may be referred to the Title IX Coordinator, who can be reached by phone at (915) 747-8358, by email at , or by mail at 500 W. University Ave., El Paso, TX, Kelly Hall, Room 312.

For accommodation information for employees and applicants with disabilities, please contact UTEP's Equal Opportunity Office at .

Application Instructions:

Interested candidates must submit a letter of interest; curriculum vitae; statement of research interests; statement of teaching philosophy; Statement on Contributions to Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility (DEIA); and contact information for at least three references. Review of applications will begin immediately and interviews will commence after January 4, 2023 and continue until a qualified applicant is appointed. The Statement on Contributions to DEIAshould include a description of their contributions and commitment to DEIA with respect to research, teaching, and service, and how they will continue their work at UTEP. The statement should articulate the candidate's understanding of challenges and barriers to DEIA; highlight their commitment to DEIA through reflection of their career as a student, educator, and researcher.

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