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Chair of Physics and Astronomy
Department of Physics & Astronomy
College of Arts & Sciences
University of South Carolina

The College of Arts and Sciences at the University of South Carolina (UofSC) invites nominations and applications for the position of Chair of Physics and Astronomy to begin August 16, 2022.  We seek a dynamic scholar and visionary leader with a Ph.D. in Physics/Astronomy.  The appointment will be at the rank of Full Professor, tenurable in the Department of Physics and Astronomy within the College of Arts and Sciences.

The Department of Physics and Astronomy consists of 25 tenure-track faculty members working in astronomy/astrophysics, condensed matter physics, nuclear physics, particle physics, quantum physics, and allied areas.  The successful candidate will have an opportunity to lead the department through a period of growth, building on an already strong base of excellent teaching and research across a variety of disciplines.  Further information about the department may be found at www.physics.sc.edu.

The chair provides academic and administrative leadership within the Department of Physics and Astronomy.  Candidates should have a strong record of scholarly achievement and teaching excellence commensurate with appointment as a tenured professor.  Qualifications should include administrative expertise and the demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with faculty, staff, and students, consistent with the expectations and mission of a Research 1 University.  The successful candidate will share the college’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Applications and Nominations:  All applicants must fill out an online application through the University’s employment system, USC Jobs, at https://uscjobs.sc.edu/postings/106132.  Candidates should provide a cover letter, CV, list of publications, research plan, teaching statement, and contact information for a minimum of three references.  Nominations and/or inquiries should be sent to Professor Michael Dickson at dickson@sc.edu.  The committee will begin reviewing applications on November 30, 2021.

As the largest college at the UofSC, the College of Arts and Sciences is the intellectual, artistic, scientific, and instructional heart of the university.  The college is home to award-winning scientists, scholars and teachers that span the arts, humanities, natural science, and social science disciplines.  The college's 26 schools, departments, academic programs, and institutes offer 109 degrees to over 8,700 undergraduates and more than 850 graduate students.  College faculty are consistently recognized both nationally and internationally for teaching and research excellence.

The UofSC’s main campus is located in Columbia, the state capital, close to the mountains and the coast.  The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching has designated the  UofSC as one of only 73 public and 35 private academic institutions with “very high research activity” and also lists UofSC as having strong focus on community engagement.  The University has over 31,000 students on the main campus (and over 46,000 students system-wide), more than 450 degree programs, and a nationally ranked library system that includes one of the nation’s largest public film archives.  Columbia is the center of a greater metropolitan area which has a population over 800,000.

The UofSC is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer.  Minorities and women are especially encouraged to apply.  The University of South Carolina does not discriminate in educational or employment opportunities on the basis of race, sex, gender, gender identity, transgender status, age, color, religion, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, genetics, protected veteran status, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions.

Tenure-Track Assistant Professor Position in Computational Condensed Matter Physics
University of South Carolina
College of Arts & Sciences
Department of Physics & Astronomy

The University of South Carolina invites applications for a tenure-track assistant professor position in computational condensed matter physics in the Department of Physics and Astronomy to begin August 16, 2022.  A PhD in Physics is required by the start date of appointment.  Individuals with interests in design and study of novel materials using first principles computational modeling techniques, especially density functional theory (DFT), are strongly encouraged to apply.

The successful candidate will be expected to teach undergraduate and graduate courses, build an independent research program, and interact with the vibrant quantum materials physics community on campus.  The Department of Physics and Astronomy conducts vigorous research in experimental and theoretical condensed matter physics.  The SmartState Center for Experimental Nanoscale Physics hosts a state-of-the-art shared facility for the design, fabrication, and characterization of quantum materials. 

All applicants must complete an online application through the University’s online employment system, USC Jobs, at https://uscjobs.sc.edu/postings/106058.  Candidates must include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, list of publications, research plan, teaching statement, and contact information, including telephone number and email address, for three references.  Please also arrange to have three letters of recommendation, on letterhead and signed, emailed to the search committee chair, Dr. Rongying Jin, at RJIN@mailbox.sc.edu.  Applications and reference letters must be received by November 30, 2021.  Inquiries may be directed to Dr. Rongying Jin.

The University of South Carolina System (www.sc.edu), the state's flagship university, is located in Columbia.  The Department of Physics and Astronomy consists of 25 faculty members working in astronomy/astrophysics, condensed matter physics, nuclear physics, particle physics, quantum physics, and allied areas.  Further information about the department may be found at www.physics.sc.edu.  We encourage applications from those who have experience mentoring students from diverse backgrounds, as well as those who have demonstrated a commitment to understanding the challenges in promoting diversity and inclusion in physics.

The University of South Carolina does not discriminate in educational or employment opportunities on the basis of race, sex, gender, gender identity, transgender status, age, color, religion, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, genetics, protected veteran status, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions.


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