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Open Positions

IUPUI Department of Physics administrative, faculty, and staff employment opportunities will be listed below when available


The Department of Physics at IUPUI invites applications for a full-time Lecturer in Physics, to begin August 1, 2020. This is a non-tenure-track position and includes promotion opportunities to the ranks of Senior Lecturer and Teaching Professor. A strong commitment to undergraduate teaching is a prerequisite for the position. Primary responsibilities include classroom and laboratory teaching at all undergraduate levels, course development, and departmental service. The ability to teach Astronomy is desirable. Preference will be given to applicants with a record of effectiveness and innovation in college level teaching. Additional information about the department and programs may be found at http://www.physics.iupui.edu.

The Department encourages members from underrepresented groups in Physics to apply. Opportunities for collaboration exist with faculty in the 17 schools at IUPUI, including the School of Science, the School of Engineering & Technology, and the Indiana University School of Medicine. Researchers with a record of interdisciplinary research are encouraged to apply. Applicants with a Ph.D. are preferred, although candidates with a Master's in physics will also receive consideration. Applicants should submit a CV, a  description of their teaching experience and philosophy to http://indiana.peopleadmin.com/postings/9069.  Applicants should arrange for three letters of reference to be sent to physics@iupui.edu with subject "lecturer candidate." Review of applications will begin on March 1, 2020 and continue until the position is filled.


Tenure-Track Assistant Professor in Theoretical Physics

The Department of Physics at IUPUI invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor in theoretical Quantum Science, to begin August 1, 2020. We seek candidates with a proven record in areas aligned with the national quantum initiative, including quantum computing, quantum sensors, quantum communications, and materials for novel quantum devices. Strong preference will be given to candidates who can establish collaborations within the Department and with other academic units in the IU and Purdue communities. A track record of working with experimental collaborators and converting one's ideas into experimentally feasible projects is highly desired. Additional information about the department and programs may be found at http://www.physics.iupui.edu.

The Department is especially interested in recruiting a candidate from groups that are under-represented in Physics. Opportunities for collaboration exist with faculty in the 17 schools at IUPUI, including the School of Science, the School of Engineering & Technology, and the Indiana University School of Medicine. Researchers with a record of interdisciplinary research are encouraged to apply. Applicants must hold a Ph.D. in physics or a related discipline, demonstrate the ability to initiate and sustain an externally funded program of research, and be able to teach effectively at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

Applicants should submit a CV, a statement of proposed research, and a description of their teaching experience and philosophy to http://indiana.peopleadmin.com/postings/8702. Applicants should arrange for three letters of reference to be sent to Faculty Search Committee at physics@iupui.edu. Review of applications will begin on November 29, 2019 and continue until the position is filled.

IUPUI was ranked 20th in a list of "Most Innovative Schools" and in the Top 200 "National Universities" by U.S. News and World Report in 2018 and is a six-time recipient of the Higher Education Excellence in Diversity Award by Insight into Diversity. IUPUI is a campus renowned for service learning, civic engagement, and health sciences research. It is Indiana's premier urban public research institution, with more than 200 degree programs enrolling approximately 30,000 students (www.iupui.edu). IUPUI is located near downtown Indianapolis, the 16th largest city in the United States. The city uniquely combines the cultural amenities of urban life with the residential qualities of smaller communities and is highly affordable. As the major center for industry and government within the state, Indianapolis has a wide variety of research and training sites.

IUPUI is committed to the development of an inclusive multicultural environment. We seek greater diversity in our faculty and staff to broaden students' academic experience and to enrich our University.



Academic Laboratory and Demonstration Specialist

Job Summary

Oversees all aspects of the day-to-day operations of the undergraduate physics laboratories and develops and maintains demonstration equipment used in introductory physics classes. Coordinates with faculty and other staff to ensure continued renewal and relevance of the laboratories for the courses they serve. Instructs graduate teaching assistants (GTAs) on the lab procedures, including any safety concerns, maintenance of equipment, and departmental grading standards. Selects vendors' products, designs and maintains equipment needed for physics laboratories and lecture demonstrations. Works with the faculty to develop new setups in both contexts. Assists with physics outreach activities (such as student lab tours) as needed.

Consults with related professionals to obtain information or identify new ideas and techniques to support the teaching labs. Identifies needs, prepares specifications, reviews and selects vendors' products and orders supplies and equipment as needed. Receives, inspects and approves deliveries for acceptability. Ensures that accurate, consistent, instruction and grading are maintained across all sections, and that lab safety is maintained. Works with course faculty to take any corrective measures required to maintain standards and consistency. Works proactively with other physics department and School of Science staff members to assure that equipment, consumables, IT, and other laboratory needs are met. Consults with faculty on the needs for lecture demonstration equipment. Designs, develops, and maintains teaching aids for faculty and GTAs such as physical demonstration equipment, informational handouts, small physics-related "giveways" and other items. Conducts classroom demonstrations.

Assists with departmental outreach activities such as lab tours and demonstrations for visiting grade school and high school students, and for physics outreach programs conducted in K-12 schools and other remote locations. Assists physics department faculty and staff with other activities in support of the department's educational and research mission. Hires and supervises hourly students as needed.

Required Qualifications:  

Bachelor's degree in Physics, Chemistry, Engineering or a closely related field.  

Knowledge of physics principles at the introductory course level. Strong problem solving abilities. Familiarity with computer office-suite software. Good interpersonal skills. Good time management skills including ability to effectively utilize time and financial resources, and ability to make decisions independently. Ability to work occasional evening and weekend hours as dictated by the schedules for courses and outreach activities and the needs of the program. Ability to utilize electronic test equipment (oscilloscope, signal generator, digital voltmeter), basic optics tools (lenses and mirrors, low power laser, optics rail), typical introductory physics lab equipment (air tracks, carts, force sensors, digital balances, electronic, timers), and basic hand tools (drills and other power tools, wood and metal saws, wrenches and other hand tools).

Preferred Qualifications

One year in a similar position or experience in an educational setting. Experience with both Windows and Macintosh platforms. Ability to use machine tools (lathe, milling machines, drill press, band saw, grinding wheels).

Working Conditions / Demands
Must be able to perform essential job functions with or without an accommodation.

Equal Employment Opportunity
Indiana University is an equal employment and affirmative action employer and a provider of ADA services. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, ethnicity, color, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, marital status, national origin, disability status or protected veteran status. Indiana University does not discriminate on the basis of sex in its educational programs and activities, including employment and admission, as required by Title IX. Questions or complaints regarding Title IX may be referred to the U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights or the university Title IX Coordinator. See Indiana University's Notice of Non-Discrimination here which includes contact information.

To apply and see full job description, please visit https://hrms.indiana.edu/psc/PH1PRD_PUB/EMPLOYEE/HRMS/c/HRS_HRAM_FL.HRS_...


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