J.D. Stranathan Assistant Professorship in Experimental
Physics and Astronomy
University of Kansas Lawrence Campus
The primary focus of the KU HEP group presently is the Compact Muon
Solenoid (CMS) experiment at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at
CERN. The group is also working to develop future detectors
including planning for future e+e- colliders, and is very active in
various outreach projects. The KU HNP group participates in both
the ALICE and CMS heavy-ion programs, and works on developments for
the Electron Ion Collider (EIC) program at Brookhaven, as members
of the EPIC collaboration. Both the KU HEP and HNP groups have
significant responsibilities for detector development, software and
computing, and a strong participation in physics analysis.
Qualifying candidates must have a Ph.D. in Physics or a closely
related field, one year of relevant postdoctoral experience, and
experience with particle detector instrumentation. A strong record
of research and commitment to excellence in teaching are required.
Candidates with research interests synergistic with the existing
experimental high-energy particle or nuclear programs, including
spanning across them through instrumentation opportunities, are
particularly encouraged to apply.
40% - Research: The Department of Physics & Astronomy maintains
a national profile of high quality faculty research. An active and
productive research program with impactful publications in
experimental high energy particle or nuclear physics is expected to
lead towards establishing and maintaining a national and
40% - Teaching:
- Teach two classes per academic year in physics at the graduate
or undergraduate level. Teach advanced undergraduate and graduate
classes in area of specialization.
- Participate in the advising of undergraduate and graduate
- Participate in the advising of masters and doctoral students
with he goal of actively participating as a dissertation/thesis
director and professional mentor for doctoral students; supervise
- Conduct course evaluation with student input as directed by the
- Hold regular office hours for students of courses taught.
20% - Service:
Req ID(Ex: 10567BR)
- Attend Departmental meetings.
- Contribute service to the Department and perform other related
duties and special projects as assigned.
- Serve on committees at the Departmental, College and University
levels as the opportunities arise.
- Participate in professional service that may include reviewing
scholarly articles, activity in national organizations, organizing
meetings or workshops.
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Contact Information to Applicants
For questions regarding this position, contact Professor Graham
Wilson, Department of Physics & Astronomy, University of
Evaluation of the following requirements will be made through (1)
descriptions of work experience, educational experiences in letter
of application, (2) record of accomplishments and productivity
demonstrated by publications and c.v., (3) assessment of
candidate’s statements on research and teaching, and (4)
information provided from professional references:
- Ph.D. in physics or closely related field.
- At least one year of relevant postdoctoral experience.
- Established record of research in the area of experimental
high-energy particle physics or experimental high-energy nuclear
- Commitment to excellence in teaching physics at graduate and
undergraduate levels, as evidenced by teaching statement.
- Demonstrated experience with particle detector
- Research interests synergistic with the existing experimental
high-energy particle physics or experimental high-energy nuclear
programs in the Department.
Advertised Salary Range
commensurate with experience
The Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Kansas
(KU) seeks applicants for the J.D. Stranathan Assistant
Professorship in Experimental Physics in the field of experimental
high-energy particle physics (HEP) or experimental high-energy
nuclear physics (HNP). The position can begin as early as August
18, 2024. This named professorship is partially supported by
endowment funds, in addition to the negotiable start-up
The University of Kansas is a Carnegie doctoral/research-extensive
university with a $1.4 billion endowment and a faculty of 2,600.
Current enrollment is 28,500 (19,000 undergraduate), with students
drawn from 110 nations and all 50 states, 20.6% of KU students are
members of minority groups. The 1,000-acre main campus is in
Lawrence, a community of 95,000 in hilly northeast Kansas that lies
about 35 miles west of Kansas City. Lawrence has a lively downtown
and a thriving arts and music scene, and its local government has
enacted ordinances supporting equality for all members of its
population. Lawrence also offers numerous sports and recreational
opportunities, local shops, and a wide range of good restaurants.
KU's research residential campus is in the center of a vibrant and
culturally-rich community & a quintessential college town.
Visitors, students and new employees from outside the area enjoy
discovering the many wonders of Lawrence, including a thriving
downtown, diverse local and regional events, area lakes, vibrant
arts and music scenes, and an indelible history. Home to nearly
95,000 people, Lawrence is located 45 minutes west of Kansas City
and 30 minutes east of Topeka, the state capital. Along with the
music, arts, culture and sports experiences offered at KU and in
Lawrence, the short drive to Kansas City provides quick access to
historic jazz clubs, museums, world-class music and theatre venues,
and professional sports teams.
In a continuing effort to enrich its academic environment and
provide equal educational and employment opportunities, the
university actively encourages applications from members of
underrepresented groups in higher education. KU's vision is to be
an exceptional learning community that lifts each other and
advances society. The Jayhawks Rising Strategic Plan was developed
around three Institutional Priorities: creating a clear and
ambitious direction to fulfill our mission to educate leaders,
build healthy communities, and make discoveries that change the
world. Additional information is available at https://jayhawksrising.ku.edu/
The Department of Physics and Astronomy has faculty with a broad
research agenda including research interests spanning experimental
and theoretical investigation of the fundamental interactions of
elementary particles, astro-particle physics, investigations with
heavy-ions, observational astronomy, cosmology, space physics,
plasma physics, exoplanets, and applied physics research in
biophysics, photonics, and condensed matter physics.
Application Review Begins
Anticipated Start Date
Additional Candidate Instruction
For a complete announcement and to apply online, go to https://employment.ku.edu/academic/26445BR
A complete online application includes the following materials: (1)
cover letter; (2) curriculum vitae; (3) research agenda; (4)
teaching philosophy statement; and (5) names, email and contact
information for three professional references. When you complete
your application, your reference writers will be contacted directly
by email from KU with instructions for uploading their letters of
recommendation separately. Please alert them to respond promptly so
that all necessary application materials are received in a timely
In addition to the materials above, learning about each applicant's
contribution and engagement in areas of diversity is an important
part of KU's mission. As a result, applicants will be presented the
following question at the time of application:
- Describe your experiences working with people from diverse
backgrounds and explain how those experiences reflect your
commitments to diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI).
Applicants are also encouraged to include or expand upon how they
have contributed to building a culture of belonging through DEI
initiatives within the required application materials
Application review will begin November 15, 2023
continue until a pool of qualified applicants is obtained.