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Open Rank Faculty Position in Theoretical Quantum Information Science

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Work type: Teaching & Research Faculty
Senior management: College of Science
Department: Math/Physics
Location: Blacksburg Area
Categories: Instructional / Teaching Faculty

Job Description

As part of plans to build on existing strengths, expand in the field of quantum information science, and align with state-wide investments in data sciences and cybersecurity, the College of Science at Virginia Tech ( invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position in Theoretical Quantum Information Science at any rank (assistant professor, associate professor, or full professor). Areas of interest include, but are not limited to, quantum information theory, quantum error correction, quantum algorithms, quantum control, quantum sensing, the interface of quantum information and many-body theory, holography in quantum information, quantum networks, theory of entanglement, adiabatic quantum computation, and topological quantum computation.

Diversity, equity, and inclusion are core values at Virginia Tech and the College of Science. Our excellence can only be fully realized by faculty, students, and staff who share our commitment to these values. The Departments of Mathematics and Physics seek candidates whose research, teaching or service has prepared them to contribute to our commitment to diversity and inclusion in higher education.

Expectations for this position include: The development of a vigorous and externally well-funded research program, effective instruction in mathematics and/or physics at the undergraduate and graduate levels, and to actively participate in department, college, and university governance. The successful candidate will become a faculty member either in the Mathematics or Physics department. Joint appointments between the two departments will also be considered, as appropriate. The faculty handbook (available at provides a complete description of faculty responsibilities at Virginia Tech. 

Required Qualifications

Applicants must hold a Ph.D. in math, physics or a closely related field by appointment start date. They should demonstrate a strong record of accomplishments and creativity in quantum information science research; a desire to advise and teach a student body which is diverse with respect to socio-economic status, interests, and abilities; and commitment / sensitivity to address issues of diversity in the university community.  The position requires occasional travel to attend conferences and meetings.

Preferred Qualifications

Preferred qualifications include postdoctoral experience, experience with interdisciplinary research at the interface of physics and math in quantum information science, as well as creativity and leadership skills.

Review Date

November 18, 2019

Additional Information

The successful candidates will be required to have a criminal conviction check

Application procedure:

Candidates should apply at (#511485). The application package must include (i) a cover letter, (ii) curriculum vitae with publication list, (iii) a statement of ongoing and planned research, (iv) a brief description of teaching philosophy, and (v) a statement of any previous activities or future plans aimed at expanding diversity and/or mentoring of underrepresented groups, and how the applicant will further Virginia Tech’s commitment to build a culturally diverse educational environment ( Applicants should arrange for three letters of recommendation to be directly emailed to   Review of applications will begin on November 18, 2019, and will continue until the position is filled; to ensure full consideration, complete application packages and reference letters should be received by November 18, 2019. As part of the hiring process, the successful applicant must pass a criminal background check. The expected position starting date is August 10, 2020. Questions regarding the position may be directed to

The successful Candidate will be required to have a criminal conviction check

About Virginia Tech

Virginia Tech is a public land-grant university, committed to teaching and learning, research, and outreach to the Commonwealth of Virginia, the nation, and the world. Building on its motto of Ut Prosim (that I may serve), Virginia Tech is dedicated to InclusiveVT—serving in the spirit of community, diversity, and excellence. We seek candidates who adopt and practice the Principles of Community, which are fundamental to our on-going efforts to increase access and inclusion, and to create a community that nurtures learning and growth for all of its members. Virginia Tech actively seeks a broad spectrum of candidates to join our community in preparing leaders for the world.

Virginia Tech does not discriminate against employees, students, or applicants on the basis of age, color, disability, sex (including pregnancy), gender, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, or veteran status, or otherwise discriminate against employees or applicants who inquire about, discuss, or disclose their compensation or the compensation of other employees or applicants, or on any other basis protected by law.

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