Thursday, October 11, 2012

Condensed matter experimental position at Rice

Pardon the use of the blog for advertising, but it can only help broaden the reach of the ad:

The Department of Physics and Astronomy at Rice University invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position in experimental condensed matter physics.  The department expects to make an appointment at the assistant professor level. This search primarily seeks an outstanding individual whose emphasis is on neutron or x-ray spectroscopy of hard condensed matter systems, who will complement and extend existing experimental and theoretical activities in condensed matter physics (see  A PhD in physics or related field is required. Applicants should send a curriculum vitae, statements of research and teaching interests, a list of publications, and two or three selected reprints, in a single PDF file, to with subject line “CME Search” or to  Prof. Douglas Natelson, Chair, Condensed Matter Search Committee, Dept. of Physics and Astronomy – MS 61, Rice University, 6100 Main Street, Houston, TX  77005.   Applicants should also arrange for at least three letters of recommendation to be sent by email or post.  Applications will be accepted until the position is filled, but only those received by December 1, 2012 will be assured full consideration.  The appointment is expected to start in July 2013.  Rice University is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer; women and underrepresented minorities are strongly encouraged to apply.

On a tangentially related note, I encourage people who want to understand more about how the faculty job search process works to read my previous posts on the topic.  This is a good place to start, followed by this and this.  As commenter Charles Day pointed out, here is a Physics Today article freely available on this topic.


Anonymous said...

I see some of these ads with "PhD in physics or related field..." - how true is that? Does someone with, say, an MS in physics but PhD in electrical engineering (with experimental condensed matter background) stand a chance in applying for these positions?

Douglas Natelson said...

Anon, that depends on the particular school's definition of related field. Generically, yes - the main issues for us are the publication record, research plan, and whether they would be able to teach appropriately.