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Assistant Professor

Apply now Department: 3670020220 Physics
Job no: 513837
Employment type: Academic / Faculty - 9 month
Location: Manhattan, Kansas
Worksite: On-site requirement
Categories: Education / Instructional, Natural / Quantitative Sciences
Pay Grade: 001

About This Role:

The Department of Physics at Kansas State University seeks candidates for a tenure-track assistant-professor position in either theoretical or experimental atomic, molecular, and optical physics (AMOP), with a research focus on light-induced ultrafast processes in atoms or molecules. The successful candidate is expected to begin in August 2023 and to build and sustain a vigorous, internationally recognized research program that overlaps with and complements ongoing research in the J.R. Macdonald Laboratory (JRML).

The successful candidate must present credentials that justify an appointment at the assistant-professor level, including a Ph.D. (or equivalent degree) in AMO physics or a related discipline, and should demonstrate a strong commitment to teaching and mentoring students at all levels and to serving a diverse population.

JRML and the Department of Physics seek to recruit and retain a diverse workforce as a reflection of our land-grant mission to serve the diverse people of Kansas, to maintain the excellence of the University, and to offer our students richly varied perspectives.  We particularly encourage candidates from under-represented groups including, but not limited to, women, minorities, people with disabilities, and veterans to apply.

Why Join Us:

With a nearly 50-year history in AMOP, JRML is home to a large, active AMOP group investigating an array of forefront problems in AMO science.  It is a collegial, collaborative group of 5 experimental and 4 theoretical faculty, 2 research faculty, 4 technical staff, and a host of postdocs and students.  A significant part of the research is conducted in the shared facilities of JRML, which is primarily supported by the U. S. Department of Energy.  These shared facilities include three state-of-the-art femtosecond lasers (soon to include a 100-kHz-class system), high-harmonic generation sources, a crossed ion- and laser-beam setup with coincidence imaging, and several COLTRIMS, VMI, and TOF charged-particle imaging spectrometers. Collaborations are frequent and strongly encouraged to take advantage of all the expertise available in the group. An increasing portion of the research is also conducted at large facilities such as LCLS, ALS, and the European XFEL. For a description of some of the research at JRML, see

Kansas State University offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes health insurance, life insurance, retirement plans, paid time off – vacation, sick, and holidays. To see what benefits are available, please visit: 

We Support Diversity and Inclusion:

We seek excellent scholars who reflect the diversity of the United States as well as the global society in which we live. We strongly encourage applications from people with historically marginalized identities, such as women, racial and ethnic minorities, Indigenous peoples, people identifying as LGBTQ+, veterans, and people with disabilities. 

Kansas State University embraces diversity and promotes inclusion.  The University actively seeks individuals who foster a collegial environment and cooperative interactions with coworkers, students, and others.  The University is dedicated to promoting the Principles of Community.

What You’ll Need to Succeed:

Minimum Qualifications:

  • A Ph.D. (or equivalent) in AMO Physics or related discipline
  • Ability to establish an active and productive research program supported by sustained extramural funding and capable co-workers
  • Ability to effectively and productively collaborate within a group of peers
  • Ability to effectively teach undergraduate and graduate physics courses
  • Ability to work effectively with faculty, staff, and students from diverse backgrounds
  • Ability to recruit, mentor, and retain students
  • Research interests that strongly overlap the broad ultrafast AMO physics program in the J.R. Macdonald Laboratory

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Post-doctoral experience

How to Apply:

Please submit the following documents in a SINGLE pdf file:

  1. Letter of Interest
  2. Current Curriculum Vitae
  3. Description of research plans
  4. Statement of teaching experience, interests, philosophy, and proficiency
  5. Statement on commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging, including past contributions or experiences in research, teaching, and/or service as well as any potential future contributions
  6. Name and contact information for at least three professional references. (References will be asked to send recommendation letters through our electronic recruitment system.)

Inquiries about the position or the application should be directed to Brett Esry (, the chair of the search committee.

Review of Applications Begins:

Screening begins December 9, 2022. Applications will be accepted until position is filled. 


Equal Employment Opportunity:

Kansas State University is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  All applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, age, national origin, disability or status as a protected veteran.

Background Screening Statement:

In connection with your application for employment, Kansas State University will procure a Background Screen on you as part of the process of considering your candidacy as an employee.

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