Tenure-track Faculty Positions in Particle Physics and Cosmology

Job Details

The Department of Physics invites applications for several tenure-track faculty positions at the Assistant Professor level in experimental and theoretical physics. The target areas of the search are Theoretical High Energy Physics and Cosmology, Experimental Particle Physics and Observational Cosmology. Applicants must possess a PhD degree in physics or a related field. The successful candidates should have a strong track record of research (the ones with an interdisciplinary background are especially encouraged to apply). Appointments at the rank of Associate Professor or above will be considered for candidates with an exceptional record of research excellence and academic leadership. In addition to pursuing a vibrant research program, appointees are expected to engage in effective teaching at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

The current faculty in the particle physics and cosmology group at The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology include Professor Andrew Cohen, Professor Tao Liu, Professor Kam-Biu Luk, Professor Kirill Prokofiev, Professor George Smoot, Professor Henry Tye, andProfessor Yi Wang. The department is expanding its effort in this area by hiring additional new faculty in theory and experiment. Further information about the Department can be found at http://physics.ust.hk.

Starting salary will be highly competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience. Fringe benefits including medical and dental benefits, annual leave and housing benefits will be provided where applicable. The initial appointment prior to tenure will normally be on three-year contract terms. A gratuity will be payable upon successful completion of a contract.

Application Procedure

Applicants should submit their applications along with CV, cover letter, complete publication list, research statement, teaching statement, and three reference letters. 

Separate applications should be submitted online for each position below:

High Energy Theory and Cosmology (PHYS1017H):

https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/16291

Particle Physics Experiment (PHYS1017P):

https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/16292

Observational Cosmology (PHYS1017C):

https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/16293

Screening of applications begins immediately, and will continue until the positions are filled.

Company

HKUST profile imageThe Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) is a dynamic, young research university with a diverse international student body and faculty. Since the university’s founding in 1991, the physics department has grown from nine to 38 faculty members and now has more than 190 research graduate students.

Why work for us
Situated on a hillside overlooking scenic Clear Water Bay at the eastern edge of Hong Kong and the southeastern coast of China, HKUST has rapidly established itself as a leading institution on the academic world map. The HKUST physics faculty members are currently working on a broad range of research areas, from the smallest to the largest scale. Their cutting-edge research is supported by critical infrastructure, specialized equipment, high-performance computer clusters, and services provided by the university’s Central Research Facilities.

Training and development
The physics department promotes the pursuit of cutting-edge research by cultivating a collaborative, supportive and cohesive research-intensive environment and the development of talent. The department has an inclusive academic/administrative committee structure that focuses on research strategy and planning; faculty recruitment; faculty mentoring, professional review and advancement; and postgraduate studies and affairs. In addition, the department has implemented a number of mechanisms to promote faculty diversity and to enhance the integration and professional development of junior faculty members.      

Graduate schemes
The physics department manages and offers research postgraduate degrees (MPhil and PhD) in physics and in nanoscience and technology with an annual enrolment of 40–50 students. The department also manages a one-year taught Master of Science programme on data-driven modelling with an enrolment of approximately 60 students. Our postgraduate programmes are built upon our long-standing practices for educational enrichment, quality assurance and career development. They prepare students to attain a broad horizon of careers from academic institutions to high-tech industries.

What we are looking for
The department’s goals for future growth are to enhance existing core strengths and build up world-class capabilities in rapidly developing areas aligned with university initiatives, such as data science, new energy materials, and quantum technologies. To achieve these goals, the department will strive to continuously attract outstanding new faculty members at all ranks, and it plans to fill 10 new faculty positions in the next few years.


Location
Hong Kong

Number of employees
135

Main areas of research
Cold atoms, optics and quantum information; condensed-matter experiments and advanced materials; condensed-matter theory, statistical and computational physics; particle physics and cosmology; soft matter and biological physics; metamaterials, photonic and phononic crystals

Positions available
We seek (i) experimental candidates in quantum matter and quantum information, including quantum and low-dimensional materials, materials with strong electronic correlations, cold atoms, quantum optics, and quantum enabled technologies; (ii) theoretical candidates in condensed matter theory, statistical physics, neural networks or data analytics; and (iii) experimental and theoretical candidates in high-energy theory and cosmology, particle physics experiment, and observational cosmology

Desired degree disciplines/class
Must possess a PhD in physics or related field and provide evidence of strong research productivity

How to apply
Apply online physics.ust.hk/eng/detail.php?otherid=3

Closing date
All year round

Contact
Tel +852 2358 7500
E-mail physjobs@ust.hk
physics.ust.hk

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Telephone
+85223587500
Location
Department of Physics
Rm 4461, 4/F, Lifts 25-26
Clear Water Bay
Kowloon
Hong Kong