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Cluster Hire

Quantum Materials, Artificial Intelligence, Quantum Information, and Quantum Computing

November 1, 2021

The Departments of Physics and Astronomy, Materials Science and Engineering, and Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, invite applications for three tenure-track assistant professor level positions. These positions are part of an interdisciplinary cluster hire in the area of Quantum Materials for Future Technologies, and are expected to begin August 1, 2022. Successful applicants may have joint appointments between the relevant departments.

The positions are:
  1. A computer scientist or physicist with interest and expertise in one or more of the following areas: quantum information, quantum computation, quantum materials, artificial intelligence, machine learning. Preference will be given to candidates who can interface between these areas;
  2. A condensed matter experimentalist with interest and expertise in scanning tunneling microscopy and spectroscopy. Preference will be given for researchers who can interface with quantum materials researchers and other members of the clusters;
  3. A researcher with interest and expertise in experimental quantum materials research with a focus on device fabrication and nanoscale transport phenomena. Preference will be given to candidates who can interface with the other members of the cluster;

The successful candidate will join a thriving interdisciplinary research community working in the broader area of quantum materials and quantum information, including three recently appointed cluster faculty. The cluster aims to accelerate the development of quantum science, artificial intelligence, and their technological applications, and to develop interdisciplinary courses in this area.

Candidates should have a Ph.D. in physics, materials science, electrical engineering, computer science or related field. The successful candidate has an exemplary record of research with significant contributions to their field of study as demonstrated through peer-reviewed publications, invited talks, leadership roles, and the candidate’s Statement of Research. The successful candidate will be expected to establish an externally funded research program and provide training for graduate students and postdocs. He or she is furthermore committed to effective undergraduate and graduate teaching, curricular innovation, and creative teaching methods, as demonstrated by their Teaching Statement.

The University respects and values people of all races, genders, creeds, cultures, and sexual orientations, and holds a deep commitment toward developing and promoting an inclusive community. We strongly encourage applications from members of groups that are underrepresented in STEM fields, as well as candidates who will contribute in meaningful ways to the equity and inclusion goals of the three departments, as demonstrated in the candidate’s Statement on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.

UT Knoxville, is Tennessee’s flagship university, a campus of choice for outstanding undergraduates, and a premier graduate institution. Its researchers benefit from the available resources and proximity to unique research facilities at Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

The campus is in one of the most beautiful areas of the country, with easy access to miles of inland waterways, pristine state and national parks, diverse cultural opportunities, and a blend of convenient urban and rural living settings. Downtown Knoxville, adjacent to campus, is a thriving neighborhood filled with restaurants, shops, and indoor and outdoor entertainment venues, and is home to the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra, the Knoxville Opera Company, annual international festivals, such as the Big Ears Music Festival, and seasonal weekly events such as Jazz on the Square, Shakespeare on the Square, and the Farmers Market.

Applicants should send a 1) Curriculum Vitae with a list of publications and invited talks, 2) Statement of Research with proposed research program, 3) Statement of Teaching, 4) Statement of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, and arrange for at least three letters of reference to be submitted separately. All application materials should be submitted via the Interfolio links provided above. Acceptable file formats are .pdf or .docx. Applications reviews will start January 10, 2022.

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All qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment and admission without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, pregnancy, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, physical or mental disability, genetic information, veteran status, and parental status, or any other characteristic protected by federal or state law. In accordance with the requirements of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, the University of Tennessee affirmatively states that it does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, or disability in its education programs and activities, and this policy extends to employment by the university. Inquiries and charges of violation of Title VI (race, color, and national origin), Title IX (sex), Section 504 (disability), the ADA (disability), the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (age), sexual orientation, or veteran status should be directed to the Office of Equity and Diversity, 1840 Melrose Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37996-3560, telephone 865-974-2498. Requests for accommodation of a disability should be directed to the ADA Coordinator at the Office of Equity and Diversity.

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