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Open Positions

Faculty Position(s) are available in:
Theoretical Condensed Matter Physics

Research Scientist Position(s) are available in:
Experimental Nuclear and Particle Physics and Experimental Medium Energy Physics

Postdoctoral Position(s) are available in:
Experimental Subatomic Physics and Experimental Nuclear Physics

Undergraduate Research Job Opportunities:
See the Society of Physics Students web site


Faculty Positions in Theoretical Condensed Matter Physics

The University of Virginia Physics Department is planning to hire two faculty members doing research in condensed-matter theory, broadly construed. We welcome applications from theorists with a strong and independent research record in traditional condensed-matter physics and/or areas with overlap with atomic physics, quantum information, field theory and mathematics. We expect also a strong interest in teaching and mentoring students. For one of the positions, our intent is to hire a candidate with substantial computational expertise as well.

Those hired will be expected to establish a successful research program as well as teach at the undergraduate and graduate levels. The appointments are planned for the tenure-track Assistant Professor position level, but a higher-level appointment may be considered in exceptional cases. Review of applications will begin December 2, 2013. Applicants must have earned a Ph.D. in physics or related field at the time of application. The appointment start date is August 25, 2014.

To apply candidates must submit a Candidate Profile through Jobs@UVa (https://jobs.virginia.edu), search on posting number 0612825 and electronically attach the following: a curriculum vitae, a statement describing the proposed research agenda, contact information for at least three references, and a cover letter. Please have the references email letters directly to phys-cm-theo-pos@Virginia.EDU.

Questions regarding the application process in JOBS@UVa should be directed to:

Tammie Shifflett
434-924-6565
tms4t@Virginia.EDU

The University will perform background checks on all new faculty hires prior to making a final offer of employment.

The College of Arts and Sciences and the University of Virginia welcome applications from women, minorities, veterans and persons with disabilities; we seek to build a culturally diverse, intellectual environment and are committed to a policy of equal employment opportunity and to the principles of affirmative action in accordance with state and federal laws.

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Research Scientist Experimental Nuclear and Particle Physics

The Department of Physics at the University of Virginia invites applications from qualified candidates for a research scientist position in the area of experimental nuclear and particle physics working with the solid polarized target group. The position will be supported by a Department of Energy research contract and the appointment is subject to the availability of funds. The activity that the candidate will undertake may require that they spend a considerable amount of time at Jefferson Lab in Newport News, VA. This is a one year appointment; however appointments may be renewed for additional one- or two-year extensions, contingent upon available funding and satisfactory performance.

The qualified candidate will have:
- A Ph.D. or equivalent degree in experimental nuclear or particle physics and at least 2 years in a postdoctoral position at the time of application.
- Demonstrated experience with the principles and operation of solid polarized targets, both in the lab and in spin structure measurements.
- A background and an understanding of techniques to enhance the tensor polarization of deuteron targets.
- Experience with the preparation of experimental proposals to a national lab Program Advisory Committee.
- Experience supervising students at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.
- Experience leading and managing research projects independently.

In addition, the qualified candidate must possess strong interpersonal skills and be able to develop new experiments and support the interpretation and publishing of results from existing experiments.

To apply, please submit a candidate profile on-line through Jobs@UVA (https://jobs.virginia.edu) and electronically attach the following: a cover letter, curriculum vitae and the contact information for three professional references; search on posting number 0613676.

Review of applications will begin on March 11, 2014; however, the position will remain open until filled.

Questions regarding this position should be directed to:

Res. Prof. Donal Day, dbd@Virginia.EDU

Questions regarding the Candidate Profile process or Jobs@UVA should be directed to:
Tammie Shifflett
434-924-6565
tms4t@Virginia.EDU

The University will perform background checks on all new hires prior to making a final offer of employment.

The University of Virginia is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer committed to diversity, equity, and inclusiveness. Women, Minorities, Veterans and Persons with Disabilities are encouraged to apply.

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Experimental Medium Energy Physics Research Scientist

The Department of Physics at the University of Virginia invites applicants for a Research Scientist position to work on projects that are ultimately aimed at electron scattering experiments at JLab. Our group has a leading role in the JLab Super Bigbite program, which include measurements of the elastic nucleon form factors as well as studies single-spin asymmetries in semi-inclusive deep inelastic scattering. Our group is also involved in parity-violation experiments, including PREX-II, CREX, and the proposed MOLLER experiment. A particular focus of our group are experiments involving the scattering of polarized or unpolarized electrons from polarized He-3 targets, as well as the advancement of the polarized-target technology. Another focus of our group is the control of helicity-correlated systematic effects in parity-violation experiments that are related to the polarized electron source. The successful candidate must have a PhD in closely related physics and several years of postdoctoral experience. Experience working with lasers is highly desirable. Direct experience with spin-exchange optical pumping, the technique we employ to polarize the He-3 in our targets, would also be viewed quite positively.

The successful candidate will be stationed at UVa, but must be willing to travel regularly to Thomas Jefferson Laboratory (JLab) located in Newport News, Virginia.

To apply, please submit a candidate profile on-line through Jobs@UVA (https://jobs.virginia.edu) and electronically attach the following: a cover letter, curriculum vitae and the contact information for three professional references; search on posting number 0612280.

Review of applications will begin on July 6, 2013; however, the position will remain open until filled.

Questions regarding this position should be directed to:

Prof. Gordon Cates
cates@Virginia.EDU

Questions regarding the Candidate Profile process or Jobs@UVA should be directed to:
Tammie Shifflett
434-924-6565
tms4t@Virginia.EDU

The University of Virginia is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer committed to diversity, equity, and inclusiveness.

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Research Associate in Experimental Subatomic Physics

The Department of Physics at the University of Virginia is seeking a postdoctoral research associate to work in the area of experimental subatomic physics. Candidates with outstanding research potential and with an interest in electroweak studies in electron-nuclear scattering are especially invited to apply. Research will be conducted at the Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility in Newport News, Virginia, with a focus on current and future measurements of parity violation in electron scattering. The successful candidate will also have the opportunity to develop an independent research effort and to participate in other aspects of the rich research program at the laboratory.

This position will be supported by a Department of Energy research contract. This is a one-year appointment; however, the appointment may be renewed for two additional one-year terms, contingent upon available funding and satisfactory performance. The completion of a Ph.D. degree in experimental nuclear or high energy physics is required by the appointment start date. Priority will be given to candidates with a track-record of excellence in subatomic physics research, including both significant analysis experience and hands-on hardware experience (for example: detector systems or laser optics).

To apply, please submit a candidate profile on-line through Jobs@UVa (https://jobs.virginia.edu); and electronically attach the following: a cover letter, curriculum vitae and the contact information for three professional references; search on posting number 0613931.

Review of applications will begin on April 28, 2014; however, the position will remain open until filled.

Questions regarding this position should be directed to:
Prof. Kent Paschke
Paschke@Virginia.EDU

Questions regarding the Candidate Profile process or Jobs@UVA should be directed to:
Tammie Shifflett
434-924-6565
tms4t@Virginia.EDU

The University will perform background checks on all new hires prior to making a final offer of employment.

The University of Virginia is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. Women, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

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Research Associate in Nuclear Physics

The Department of Physics at the University of Virginia invites applications for a postdoctoral Research Associate to begin in January 2014. The successful candidate will work with Prof. Xiaochao Zheng and in the area of experimental nuclear physics with a focus on experiments at the Jefferson Lab 12 GeV Upgrade and possibly other innovations related to polarized 3He. The Jefferson Lab 12 GeV experiments that Prof. Zheng is working on include measurement of the neutron spin asymmetry A1n in both Halls A and C, and parity-violation in deep inelastic scattering (PVDIS) using the new SoLID spectrometer.

This is a one year appointment; however appointments may be renewed for additional one- or two-year extensions, contingent upon available funding and satisfactory performance. The position can be stationed in either Charlottesville or Jefferson Lab, but frequent travel between the two locations will be needed.

The completion of a Ph.D. degree in experimental nuclear or high energy physics is required by the appointment start date. Experience in detector development with a focus on electromagnetic calorimeters, polarized 3He target work, GEANT-based simulations, and supervising students at both undergrad and graduate levels are highly preferred. The candidate must be able to lead and manage research projects independently.

To apply, please submit a candidate profile on-line through Jobs@UVa (https://jobs.virginia.edu); and electronically attach the following: a cover letter, curriculum vitae and the contact information for three professional references; search on posting number 0613286.

Review of applications will begin on December 15, 2013; however, the position will remain open until filled.

Questions regarding this position should be directed to:

Prof. Xiaochao Zheng
xz5y@Virginia.EDU

Questions regarding the Candidate Profile process or Jobs@UVA should be directed to:
Tammie Shifflett
434-924-6565
tms4t@Virginia.EDU

The University of Virginia is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer committed to diversity, equity, and inclusiveness. Women, Minorities, Veterans and Persons with Disabilities are encouraged to apply.

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