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Arizona State University
Mesa, Arizona
Posted Date
Jun 9, 2023

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Faculty Positions
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Full Time

Postdoctoral Research Scholar (theoretical physics)       

Announcement of Vacancy

Campus: (Polytechnic)

Job # 117581


Position Description

Dr. Igor Shovkovy’s group in the College of Integrative Sciences and Arts at Arizona State University invites applications for a full-time, benefits-eligible, Postdoctoral Research Scholar position. This is a fixed-term, fiscal year (12 month) appointment with a flexible starting date.  The position will be supported by the NSF Grant No. PHY-2209470. Renewal of this position for another year is based upon satisfactory performance and availability of resources.


The successful candidate will be expected to work collaboratively with Dr. Igor Shovkovy on the project titled "Relativistic plasma under extreme conditions” and related topics in theoretical physics relevant to studies of heavy-ion collisions, neutron stars, and the primordial plasma in the early Universe. The primary responsibility will be high-quality research utilizing theoretical tools and techniques of quantum field theory, kinetic theory, and hydrodynamics. The ability to combine analytical and numerical methods is a plus. There is no teaching responsibility.


Dr. Igor Shovkovy has rich experience in theoretical nuclear, high-energy, and condensed matter physics. His current research deals with fundamental properties of relativistic matter under extreme conditions of high temperatures, high densities, and strong magnetic fields.


ASU's College of Integrative Sciences and Arts values diversity, and continually strives to foster a welcoming and inclusive environment. We are home to innovative teachers who are guided by educational access, student success, applied learning, and interdisciplinary inquiry. CISA has over 8,200 students in all levels of degree programs and nearly 250 full-time faculty members. We understand that there are many paths to achieving a university education, and we build undergraduate and graduate degree programs and pathways that are flexible and relevant for a rapidly changing world.


Arizona State University has been named # 1 among the nation's most innovative universities by U.S. News & World Report and a Top 10 Best Buy public university by Fiske Guide to Colleges 2021. ASU is deeply committed to advancing in new and innovative ways while providing and sustaining a welcoming, supportive, and empowering environment for all members of our community. We are especially interested in applicants who can strengthen the diversity of the academic community and who are dedicated to advancing the ASU Charter and realizing our Design Aspirations through inclusive and equitable practices.


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Required Qualifications:

§ Ph.D. in theoretical physics or a related field at time of appointment


Desired Qualifications:

§ Experience in theoretical physics research

§ Evidence of publications in scientific journals

§ Evidence of communicating research through presentations

§ Demonstrated success meeting the needs of underrepresented students and/or diverse communities


Application Instructions:

To apply, please visit Candidates will be asked to submit the following through their Interfolio dossier. Complete applications must contain the following:


  1. A letter of interest (maximum two pages) that:
  • Addresses how you meet the required and desired qualifications
  • Describes your scholarly research agenda and research experience
  • Discusses your past/or potential contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion
  1. Current curriculum vitae
  2. Information for three professional references (name, organization, position title, e-mail, phone number)


The initial application deadline is (July 31, 2023 at 5:00p.m. Arizona Time). Applications will continue to be accepted on a rolling basis for a reserve pool. Applications in the reserve pool may then be reviewed in the order in which they were received until the position is filled. If you have position-related questions, please contact Dr. Igor Shovkovy at


Salary range is from $50,000 to $53,000, depending on experience and qualifications


Official transcripts are required prior to employment.


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