Chair of The School of Physics

Georgia Institute of Technology - College of Sciences
Georgia, United States
Competitive Salary
Aug 18, 2020
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time

The School of Physics at the Georgia Institute of Technology (“Georgia Tech”) invites applications for the position of Chair and tenure-track Professor of Physics. Priority will be given to an outstanding researcher and educator with an accomplished record of effective leadership, research, and communication. The successful candidate will also have a strong track record in teaching and mentoring students, as well as a demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. The expected rank at appointment is at the level of full professor, however applicants at all tenure-eligible ranks will be considered. Applications from groups underrepresented in the sciences are particularly welcome.

The successful candidate will promote collaboration among faculty, students, and staff in order to develop and engage in an ambitious strategic plan for the future of the School of Physics with emphasis on: (1) research in existing/future core areas and/or cross-disciplinary directions; (2) innovative and empowering training at the undergraduate, graduate and post-doctoral levels; and (3) inclusive and collaborative governance.

The School of Physics is a central component in the College of Sciences at Georgia Tech with excellent research programs and a broad undergraduate and graduate teaching curriculum, including courses impacting most of the Institute’s undergraduate students. Research strengths include astrophysics, atomic and optical physics, quantum matter and nanoscience, soft matter, biophysics/physics of living systems, and non-linear sciences. A major asset is its leadership in multi- and interdisciplinary scholarship along with other highly ranked programs in the sciences and engineering at Georgia Tech. The School of Physics currently has 37 tenured/tenure-track faculty and 6 teaching faculty, 220 undergraduate physics majors and 120 graduate students, with an operating budget of $6.7M and $10M in external research funding in 2019.

Applications consist of a cover letter and curriculum vitae. The cover letter should include a statement of the applicant’s interest, experience, and qualifications for the position. Applications should be submitted to  In exceptional circumstances where electronic submission is not possible, applications may be sent to: School of Physics Chair Search, Georgia Institute of Technology, 225 North Ave NW, Atlanta, GA, 30332. Consideration of applicants will begin in September 2020 and will continue until the position is filled.

Georgia Tech is a top-ranked public research university situated in the heart of Atlanta, a diverse and vibrant city with great economic and cultural strengths. The Institute is a member of the University System of Georgia, the Georgia Research Alliance, and the Association of American Universities. Georgia Tech prides itself on its technology resources, collaborations, high quality student body, and commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. Georgia Tech is in Midtown, Atlanta’s dynamic and growing technology corridor. As one of the fastest-growing cities in the United States, home to around 5.5 million people and boasting the busiest airport in the world, Atlanta combines classic small town southern hospitality with all the amenities of a cosmopolitan city. The moderate cost of living and the pleasant climate, which permits year-round outdoor activities, make Atlanta appealing to many.

Georgia Tech is an equal education/employment opportunity institution dedicated to building a diverse community. We strongly encourage applications from women, underrepresented minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans. Georgia Tech has policies to promote a healthy work-life balance and is aware that attracting faculty may require meeting the needs of two careers.