Assistant Professor in Experimental or Theoretical Nuclear Physics


The Department of Physics at the University of Connecticut (Storrs Campus) is pleased to invite applications for a tenure-track position in experimental or theoretical nuclear physics, with an emphasis on research in Quantum Chromodynamics or Nuclear Structure and Reactions, aligned with the scientific goals of major national user facilities such as the planned Electron-Ion Collider (EIC) or the Facility for Rare Isotope Beams (FRIB). Applications will be considered at the Assistant Professor level to begin in August 2024.

The Department of Physics has 34 tenured or tenure-track faculty members, 12 in-residence faculty, roughly 150 undergraduate and 100 graduate students, and has recognized groups actively engaged in research in nuclear and particle physics, AMO physics, astrophysics, and condensed matter physics. The current faculty members in nuclear physics are actively engaged in experimental and theoretical/computational research in the areas of low-energy nuclear physics, hadronic physics, and relativistic heavy ion physics.

The successful candidate will be expected to build and maintain a strong research program in experimental or theoretical nuclear physics that complements, strengthens, and/or broadens the existing research in the Department. Expectations include extramural funding, a strong publication record, and mentorship of junior scientists at the undergraduate, graduate, and/or postdoctoral levels. The successful candidate will be expected to teach effectively at the undergraduate and graduate levels and contribute to the service mission of the Department. Successful candidates will also be expected to demonstrate their commitment to promoting diverse, inclusive, equitable, and accessible research and learning environments and to broadening participation among members of underrepresented groups.

Founded in 1881, UConn is a Land Grant and Sea Grant institution and member of the Space Grant Consortium. It is the state’s flagship institution of higher education and includes a main campus in Storrs, CT, four regional campuses throughout the state, and 13 Schools and Colleges, including a Law School in Hartford, and Medical and Dental Schools at the UConn Health campus in Farmington. The University has approximately 10,000 faculty and staff and 32,000 students, including nearly 24,000 undergraduates and over 8,000 graduate and professional students. UConn is a Carnegie Foundation R1 (highest research activity) institution, among the top 25 public universities in the nation. Through research, teaching, service, and outreach, UConn embraces diversity and cultivates leadership, integrity, and engaged citizenship in its students, faculty, staff, and alumni. UConn promotes the health and well-being of citizens by enhancing the social, economic, cultural, and natural environments of the state and beyond. The University serves as a beacon of academic and research excellence as well as a center for innovation and social service to communities. UConn is a leader in many scholarly, research, and innovation areas. Today, the path forward includes exciting opportunities and notable challenges. Record numbers of undergraduate applications and support for student success have enabled the University to become extraordinarily selective.


  • A Ph.D. or foreign equivalent in experimental or theoretical nuclear physics or a closely related field by August 2024.
  • Postdoctoral experience demonstrating the potential to initiate and lead an independent research program in experimental or theoretical nuclear physics.
  • An established publication record.
  • Evidence of potential for excellence in teaching.
  • A strong commitment to promoting diversity through their academic and research programs.


  • Ability to establish a strong research program as demonstrated through, for example, successful funding applications, approved beam time at major national user facilities, and strong roles in research collaborations.
  • An established research program closely connected to the science programs of FRIB and/or the planned EIC.
  • At least two years of postdoctoral experience.
  • A demonstrated ability to contribute through research, teaching, and/or public engagement to the diversity and excellence of the learning experience.


This is a full-time, 9-month, tenure-track position with an anticipated start date of August 23, 2024. The successful candidate’s primary academic appointment will be at the Storrs campus. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.


Employment of the successful candidate is contingent upon the successful completion of a pre-employment criminal background check.


Please apply online to Academic Jobs Online and submit the following application materials:

  • Cover letter
  • Curriculum vitae including a list of publications and presentations
  • Statement of research interests and plans
  • Statement of teaching philosophy and experience
  • Statement explaining commitment to diversity
  • Sample journal articles and/or books, including, for large collaboration papers, a brief description of the applicant’s role and contribution to those papers.
  • Three letters of reference (submitted directly by recommenders to the Academic Jobs Online application portal)

Applications received by December 15, 2023 will receive full consideration. Any questions regarding this position should be directed to For more information regarding the Department of Physics please visit the Department website at

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