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University of Texas at El Paso
Department of Physics
Computational Materials Physics

POSITION DESCRIPTION: The Department of Physics at The University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in computational materials physics. Preferred research areas include the study of mechanical, thermal, electronic, magnetic and optical properties of solids. Outstanding candidates in other related areas will also be considered. The successful candidate is expected to establish an independent, externally funded research program, to engage in interdisciplinary collaborative efforts within and outside the department, to mentor students and teach both undergraduate and graduate courses in Physics, and to participate in outreach and service activities.

ABOUT THE DEPARTMENT: The Department of Physics at UTEP has rapidly growing research programs in experimental, computational and theoretical physics. New research funding secured by Physics faculty last year exceeded $2.5M, supporting efforts in diverse fields and interdisciplinary efforts linking Physics with Chemistry, Biology and Mechanical Engineering. The department has access to state-of-the-art experimental facilities for optical, microscopic, and structural materials characterizations, as well as outstanding computational capabilities. Physics faculty also contribute to interdisciplinary Ph.D. programs in Materials Science and Engineering, Environmental Science and Engineering, Computational Science, and Biomedical Engineering.

ABOUT UTEP AND EL PASO: A leader among Hispanic-serving institutions, UTEP enrolls over 25,000 students and is the only doctoral research university in the nation with a majority Mexican-American student body. The University's rapidly growing research portfolio in the sciences, engineering, health fields, and other areas brings in more than $90 million per year, ranking UTEP fourth in federal research expenditures among the public universities in Texas. El Paso is a highly livable, bicultural community of almost 700,000 people, which offers affordable homes and attractive neighborhoods. It is the safest large city in the United States. Shielded by mountains on three sides, El Paso experiences more than 300 days of sunshine annually, and residents enjoy outdoor activities year-round. The city of El Paso is adjacent to both the state of New Mexico and the country of Mexico, making it a leading area for cultural diversity and border health research. Comprising 248 square miles, El Paso is the sixth largest city in Texas and 19th largest city in the United States. El Paso's active arts and culture community features the state's longest running symphony orchestra, a nationally recognized chamber music festival, art galleries, history museums, and a full schedule of seasonal festivals and events. UTEP adds to the arts scene with an award-winning dinner theater, music and dance productions, contemporary and student art galleries, and a natural history museum. For sports fans, the UTEP Miners offer exciting Division I college athletics at Sun Bowl Stadium, the Don Haskins Center, and Kidd Field.

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS: Applicants should hold a Ph.D. in Physics or a closely related discipline, possess postdoctoral experience, and have a strong record of research accomplishments.

APPLICATION PROCEDURES: Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Candidates must submit a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, statement of research interests, description of teaching philosophy, and complete contact information for at least three references.

For questions regarding the position, please contact: Dr. Jorge A. Lopez,
Search Committee Chair

To apply, please visit

Hiring decisions are subject to final budget approval.

In keeping with its Access and Excellence mission, the University of Texas at El Paso is committed to an open, diverse, and inclusive learning and working environment that honors the talents, respects the differences, and nurtures the growth and development of all. The University of Texas at El Paso is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. The University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, disability, genetic information, veteran status, sexual orientation or gender identity in employment or the provision of services.

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