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Assistant Professor, Tier II Canada Research Chair, High Precision Measurements with Exotic Atoms, Department of Physics & Astronomy

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Job ID: 12803

Updated: December 4, 2017

Location: Main Campus

Position Description

Applications are invited from emerging leaders in the area of High Precision Measurements with Exotic Atoms, for a tenure-track position at the level of Assistant Professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Calgary.  The successful candidate will be nominated for a Tier II Canada Research Chair position.  In alignment with the University’s Eyes High strategic vision and in support of its strategic academic and research priorities of interdisciplinarity, leadership, internationalization and creation of a dynamic research environment, the incumbent will join a community that includes world-class scholars in Quantum Optics, SubAtomic Physics, and Isotope Science. Current faculty members in these areas maintain research programs in antimatter physics, quantum information science, laser spectroscopy, and exotic isotope physics.

Tier II Chairs are intended for exceptional emerging scholars (i.e., candidates must have been an active researcher in their field for fewer than 10 years at the time of nomination). Candidates who are more than 10 years from having earned their highest degree and who have had career breaks, such as maternity, parental, or extended sick leave, clinical training, etc., may have their eligibility for a Tier II Chair assessed through the program’s Tier II justification process. Please contact the research grants office for more information. For more information about the CRC program, including eligibility criteria, please visit

The Chair will be based in the Department of Physics and Astronomy, Faculty of Science, will have the opportunity to join the Faculty’s Institute for Quantum Science and Technology, and is expected to have interest and potential to join the ALPHA Collaboration, a world-leading, CERN-based collaboration pursuing high precision measurements of the characteristics of antihydrogen as tests of the fundamental symmetries of nature.  With the University’s leadership of the ALPHA-g CFI project, we are looking to increase our participation in this major project.

The Chair will be expected to establish a research program that includes activity in high precision measurements with exotic atoms.  Applicants must have expertise in exotic atom physics and/or in technical areas associated with the field (e.g. microwave or optical spectroscopy, lasers, interferometry, plasmas, low temperature physics, detector science, positron physics, atom cooling and trapping).  Background in the field of exotic atom physics would strengthen an application.  Candidates with a research focus in experimental, theoretical, and/or computational physics are eligible for consideration for this position.  Candidates will be expected to demonstrate a record of leadership in a research or research team setting, an outstanding publication record, and an international reputation as a researcher.  The application package must demonstrate the impact of the applicant’s work.  The incumbent for this position will be expected to establish a substantial research team of students and, potentially, PDFs working in the area of exotic atom physics or a related field.  It is anticipated that the successful applicant will explore collaborative opportunities with members of the university, national, and international scientific communities, including the ALPHA team. Teaching will also be required of the incumbent and so a demonstrated interest in quality instruction at the undergraduate and graduate levels will be expected. The successful applicant will hold a PhD in Physics or a related field.

The Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University is committed to student engagement and creating an innovative, student-centered learning environment. Information about the Department and its programs can be found on the following website.

How to apply: 

Interested individuals are encouraged to submit an application online via an 'Apply Now' link and include:

  • Letter of application
  • Curriculum vitae with a complete publication list
  • Research plan
  • Teaching dossier
  • Complete contact information for three references

Applications should be addressed to:

Dr. David Knudsen, Head
Department of Physics and Astronomy
University of Calgary
2500 University Drive NW
T2N 1N4

The review of applications will begin on August 4, 2017 and will continue until a suitable candidate is selected. Short-listed candidates will be contacted for an interview.

The University is committed to an equitable, diverse, and inclusive workforce. We welcome applications from all qualified persons. We encourage women; First Nations, Métis and Inuit persons; members of visible minority groups; persons with disabilities; persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity and expression; and all those who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas and the University to apply.

The University of Calgary recognizes that a diverse staff/faculty benefits and enriches the work, learning and research experiences of the entire campus and greater community. We are committed to removing barriers that have been historically encountered by some people in our society. We strive to recruit individuals who will further enhance our diversity and will support their academic and professional success while they are here. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. In this connection, at the time of your application, please answer the following question: Are you a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident of Canada? (Yes/No)

Additional Information

To learn more about academic opportunities at the University of Calgary and all we have to offer, view our Academic Careers website. For more information about the Faculty of Science visit Careers in the Faculty of Science.

About the University of Calgary
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