Assistant Professor – Experimental Gravitational Wave Physics

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Work type: Tenure-Track Faculty
Location: Main Campus (Gainesville, FL), Alachua
Categories: Physical/Mathematical Sciences
Department:16360100 - LS-PHYSICS-GENERAL

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Job Description:

The Department of Physics at the University of Florida invites applications for a full-time, nine-month, tenure-accruing position at the rank of Assistant Professor, beginning August 16, 2023. The research area is instrument science for the detection of gravitational waves. 

The Florida gravitational-wave group is actively involved in the LIGO, LISA and Cosmic Explorer collaborations, carrying out research across the spectrum from theory and data analysis, through technology development, instrument modeling and design, to direct hardware contributions to detectors. The experimental group currently leads projects in the LIGO and Cosmic Explorer Input Optics, the A+ squeezing upgrade to LIGO, and performance testing of the LISA Telescope, as well as a wide range of simulation studies and an international undergraduate student exchange program.

The new faculty member is expected to attract external research funding, enhance our group’s efforts, and develop innovative projects. We seek scholars with experience in experimental gravitational wave research, ability to collaborate in small and large groups, potential to supervise students and postdoctoral researchers, and interest in contributing to and diversifying the educational mission of the department. We strongly encourage candidates from underrepresented groups to apply.

The Department of Physics particularly welcomes applicants who can contribute to a diverse and inclusive environment through their scholarship, teaching, mentoring, and professional service. Please see for more information about diversity and inclusion in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. The University and greater Gainesville communities offer many cultural events, year-round outdoor recreational activities, and a wide variety of social opportunities.

Expected Salary:

The salary is competitive, commensurate with qualifications and experience, and the compensation includes a full benefits package.

Minimum Requirements:

PhD in Physics

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Special Instructions to Applicants:

Applications must be submitted online at (search job 524155, and must include: (1) a cover letter, (2) a curriculum vitae with publication list, (3) a research statement, (4) a statement of teaching philosophy, (5) a statement of past and/or planned contributions to diversity and inclusivity in physics, and (6) contact information for at least three confidential reference providers. Those will only be notified of their upload link once an application is submitted in full, so early completion of an application is highly recommended. To ensure full consideration, applications must be submitted by November 28, 2022. For more information, please contact David Tanner (

All candidates for employment are subject to a pre-employment screening which includes a review of criminal records, reference checks, and verification of education. The selected candidate will be required to provide an official transcript to the hiring department upon hire. A transcript will not be considered “official” if a designation of “Issued to Student” is visible. Degrees earned from an educational institution outside of the United States require evaluation by a professional credentialing service provider approved by the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES), at

The University of Florida is an equal opportunity institution dedicated to building a broadly diverse and inclusive faculty and staff. In addition, the university is responsive to the needs of dual career couples and is committed to supporting the work-life balance of its faculty. Searches are conducted in accordance with Florida's Sunshine Law. If an accommodation due to disability is needed to apply for this position, please call (352) 392-2477 or the Florida Relay System at (800) 955-8771 (TDD).

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