Assistant Professor in Biophysics Theory

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Work type: Tenure-Track Faculty
Location: Main Campus (Gainesville, FL)
Categories: Biology/Life Science
Department:16360100 - LS-PHYSICS-GENERAL

Classification Title:

Assistant Professor 

Job Description:

The Department of Physics at the University of Florida (UF) seeks a full-time, nine-month, tenure-track Assistant Professor in Biophysics Theory with strength in computation and data science, to begin August 16, 2024. Applications are encouraged from highly qualified candidates in all areas of theoretical biological physics, including but not limited to active matter and soft condensed matter, molecular and cellular function and dynamics, signaling and information processing, systems biology, collective behavior, neural dynamics and behavior, cellular and organismal physiology and development, ecological and evolutionary dynamics, machine learning and biological data analysis, and related topics.

This position offers the opportunity to interact with the research efforts both within and outside the Department of Physics, including interdisciplinary interactions with the Department of Biology, Microbiology and Cell Science, Biomedical Engineering, Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, Florida Museum of Natural History, and College of Medicine. The University has heavily invested in Artificial Intelligence and Data Science initiatives and centers, providing high-performance computational resources including the HiPerGator 3.0 and HiPerGator AI, the largest supercomputer and AI infrastructure in higher education.

The University of Florida is currently ranked 6th in the country among public universities (US News and World Report 2023 rankings), and ranked 1st among public institutions in the Wall Street Journal 2023 survey. UF is located in Gainesville, a city of approximately 150,000 residents in North-Central Florida, 50 miles from the Gulf of Mexico, and 67 miles from the Atlantic Ocean, and within a 2-hour drive to large metropolitan areas (Orlando, Tampa, Jacksonville). The beautiful climate and extensive nearby parks and recreational areas afford year-round outdoor activities, including hiking, biking, and nature photography. UF’s large college sports programs, museums, and performing arts center support a range of activities and cultural events for residents to enjoy. Alachua County schools are highly rated and offer a variety of programs including magnet schools and an international baccalaureate program. Learn more about what Gainesville has to offer at Visit Gainesville.

Expected Salary:

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

Employment Benefits include:

Health Insurance: UF participates in state- and university-sponsored benefits programs for individuals, families, and domestic partners, and offers voluntary insurance that includes vision, dental, long-term disability and more.

Retirement Options: Attractive options include Florida Retirement System Pension Plan, State University System Optional Retirement Program, Florida Retirement System Investment Plan, and Voluntary Retirement Savings Plan.

Leave: UF staff enjoy a generous paid leave plan as well as access to a sick-leave pool, maternity/paternity leave, and leave payouts.

Minimum Requirements:

The successful candidate must hold a Ph.D. degree (or equivalent) in Physics or a closely related field

Preferred Qualifications: Have strong postdoctoral research experience. A well-recognized research program with a compelling plan for future research and clear potential for excellence in teaching and mentoring a diverse undergraduate and graduate student body, are essential.
Special Instructions to Applicants:

For full consideration, applications must be submitted online. Click on Apply Now at the top of this posting.

A complete application includes (1) a letter of application summarizing the applicant's qualifications, interests, and suitability for the position, (2) a curriculum vitae with a publication list, (3) a research statement, (4) a statement of teaching philosophy, (5) a statement describing the broader impacts of past and planned professional activities, and (6) at least three confidential letters of recommendation. Reference providers will be notified of their upload links once an application is submitted.

To ensure full consideration, complete applications must be received by November 17, 2023, and the position will remain open until filled. For more information, please contact

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), which can be found at

The University of Florida is an equal opportunity institution. Searches are conducted in accordance with Florida's Sunshine Law. If an accommodation due to disability is needed in order to apply for this position, please call (352) 392-2477 or the Florida Relay System at (800) 955-8771 (TDD).

Health Assessment Required: No


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