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Assistant Professor (Physics)

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Position Type: Faculty Full Time
Campus: UMass Boston
Department: Physics
Pay Grade: 03
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The Department of Physics in the College of Science and Mathematics (CSM) at the University of Massachusetts Boston (UMB) invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in computational physics focusing on research at the interface of machine learning and physics, to begin September 1, 2024. We will prioritize candidates whose research in machine learning/physics complements existing strengths in theoretical quantum science and technology and/or experimental biophysics research within the department. Specific research areas of interest include but are not limited to: quantum machine learning, applications of deep learning/deep reinforcement learning to diverse fields ranging from biomedical physics to quantum computing. The successful applicant is expected to establish a robust externally funded research program, direct the research of students at the doctoral, masters, and undergraduate levels, and interact effectively with colleagues within the Physics Department and in Computer Science and other departments across the College of Science and Mathematics. The successful candidate is also expected to develop innovative courses focusing on the physics/machine learning interface. A Ph.D. in Physics or related fields is required.

The Department of Physics has established a record of excellence in both graduate and undergraduate research, with several Goldwater Scholars and APS Awards. We seek a colleague who will contribute significantly to continuing this tradition of excellence in undergraduate and graduate research and also support our goal of ensuring an inclusive, equitable, and diverse workplace. A generous startup package will be provided to support the development of a strong research program. State-of-the-art research computing facilities, including several high-performance computing clusters, are available to UMass Boston researchers, including local HPC clusters and the UMass system-wide shared cluster located at the Massachusetts Green High Performance Computing Center. Partnerships and collaborations with academic institutions and industry research laboratories in the Greater Boston area offer substantial opportunities for professional development.

Application instructions:

To apply, please submit: (i) a cover letter; (ii) a curriculum vitae; (iii) a statement of current research, vision and future research plans; and (iv) a description of teaching philosophy, experience and future teaching plans. You should arrange for three referees to submit letters of recommendation. The review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. For full consideration, applications should be received by January 5, 2024.

UMass Boston is an urban public research university with a teaching soul, whose impact is both local and global. We are the third most diverse university in the country - more than 60% of our undergraduate students come from minoritized communities and groups and more than half of our students are the first in their families to attend a college or university. Thus, our students come to us from richly diverse life experiences and backgrounds; they bring to our classrooms and research settings the robust range of perspectives growing out of the socio-cultural, economic, and historical contexts in which they have lived, along with the challenges they encounter, engage, and strive to overcome. We invite applications from candidates who engage the diverse life experiences of our student body, who appreciate that students bring their holistic selves into the academic setting, and who recognize and articulate how their own life experiences and backgrounds have shaped their journeys, practices, and commitments as researchers, scholars, and educators.

Located on Boston harbor, the University of Massachusetts Boston is the sole public research university in the city of Boston, offering undergraduate, Master's, and Ph.D. programs in almost 90 fields of study. It serves a diverse population of 16,000+ students and is nationally recognized as a model of excellence for urban public universities.

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Department of Physics:

College of Science and Mathematics:


Prof. Rahul Kulkarni

Chair, Department of Physics


UMass Boston is committed to the full inclusion of all qualified individuals. As part of this commitment, we will ensure that persons with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodations for the hiring process. If reasonable accommodation is needed, please contact or 617-287-5150.


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