Endowed Chair in Physics

The University of Alabama in Huntsville in Alabama

Deadline Open until filled
Date Posted April 1, 2014
Type Tenured, tenure track
Salary Not specified
Employment Type Full-time

The University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH) is seeking a preeminent scientist to occupy the Pei-Ling Chan Chair in the Department of Physics and to lead in the development of a biophysics thrust at the University.  The successful candidate will be a prominent scholar and researcher in biophysics, bio-optics, biochemistry or related fields, contribute effectively to the Departments undergraduate and graduate teaching programs, actively supervise physics/optics/material science graduate students for the Ph.D. degree, and provide leadership in developing a biophysics curriculum within the department that will attract exceptional students to the University.  We are particularly interested in a candidate capable of fostering collaboration and interaction with the departments of Chemistry, Biology, Mathematics and Electrical Engineering as well as existing interdisciplinary programs in optics, material science, and biotechnology in establishing new research programs.

The present research strengths of the Department of Physics are concentrated in optics and astrophysics.  Other strong research areas in the College of Science include biotechnology, information technology, material science, propulsion, atmospheric science, and applied mathematics. An applicant or nominee for the Pei-Ling Chan Chair of Physics must have the PhD degree or equivalent and be a recognized authority in the field and must have credentials in research and teaching appropriate for appointment as Professor. A strong record of continuous funded research is expected.

UAH is a Tier I nationally recognized university and classified by the Carnegie Foundation as very high in the research category, making it one of an elite group of 73 U.S. public universities.  UAHs distinguished research record is a reflection of its extremely productive faculty, research staff, and student body.  UAH is one of three institutions in the University of Alabama System, with a current enrollment of approximately 5500 undergraduates and 1500 graduate students.  Federally supported research and development expenditures exceed $75 million per year.

Huntsville is strategically located in the Tennessee Valley of North Alabama and is the home of the nonprofit HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology, NASAs Marshall Space Flight Center, the Armys Redstone Arsenal, and representatives of every major defense contractor in the nation.  The National Space Science and Technology Center (NSSTC), located on the UAH campus, accommodates researchers from universities, Marshall Space Flight Center, and private companies (such as USRA).  The Huntsville community serves as the primary economic engine for the northern Alabama and southern Tennessee region.  The area is renowned for its highly educated workforce and cutting edge technologies.  The city is rich in cultural and recreational activities, and enjoys one of the highest per-capita incomes in the country.  The population of the metropolitan area is approximately 375,000.  For more information about UAH and Huntsville, Alabama, please visit www.uah.edu and www.ci.huntsville.al.us.

Applicants should send a CV, a statement of teaching philosophy, a research plan, and contact information for three references to: Professor Richard Lieu, c/o Colleen Oliver, Department of Physics, The University of Alabama in Huntsville, 301 Sparkman Drive, Huntsville, AL 35899 or clo0001@uah.edu

For further information or questions, contact Prof. Richard Lieu (lieur@uah.edu).  Review of complete applications will begin on June 1, 2014, and continue until the position is filled. 

The University of Alabama in Huntsville is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Institution and as such, women and minorities are encouraged to apply.


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