Assistant or Associate Professor - Tenure-track (Experimental Condensed Matter/Materials)

Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Dependent upon experience
November 22 2021
Position Type
Full Time
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The Department of Physics and Astronomy at Louisiana State University (LSU) in Baton Rouge invites applications for a tenure-track, assistant professor in the area of experimental condensed matter or materials physics, with an expected starting date of August 2022.  An appointment at the assistant professor level is expected, although exceptionally well-qualified candidates may be considered for an associate professor tenure-track/tenured position.  A competitive salary and start-up package will be available.   

The current condensed matter faculty at LSU form a large and active group, which consists of 5 experimentalists and 6 theorists.  Research activities focus on the synthesis and characterization of bulk single crystals, thin films, and nanoscale structures.  Experimental research in the properties of superconductors, magnetic materials, heavy fermion systems, intermetallics, reduced dimensionality systems, and other new compounds is carried out using both in-house facilities and in collaboration with national laboratories and institutes, such as the Spallation Neutron Source at Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the National High Magnetic Field Lab.  LSU recently secured a $10M award from the state and the U.S. Army for the next generation of transmission electron microscope (TEM).  This state-of-the-art microscope will be housed on campus in the Shared Instrumentation Facility (SIF) (  The experimental effort is bolstered by close collaborations with the theory group.  The electronic structures of the compounds created by the experimentalists are calculated, and the behavior of the superconducting and magnetic systems under experimentally relevant conditions is analyzed.  Other recent areas of interest include quantum critical phenomena, novel materials, such as graphene and non-centrosymmetric metals, and condensates of cold atomic gases.

Outstanding candidates are expected to have an established research and publication record in condensed matter physics or a closely related field and demonstrate the ability to develop a highly successful research program, attract independent research funding, teach effectively at both the graduate and undergraduate levels, and engage with students from diverse backgrounds.

LSU is the flagship University of the state of Louisiana with an enrollment of 34,000 students, including 6,000 at the graduate level. The Department of Physics and Astronomy is one of LSU’s premier research departments with 47 faculty members, 17 postdoctoral researchers, 100 graduate students, and 30 staff. Grants and contracts support research efforts at more than $10 million per year. Major research facilities available to faculty include a 1.3 GeV synchrotron light source at LSU’s Center for Advanced Microstructures and Devices (CAMD) and the NSF’s Laser Interferometer Gravitational Wave Observatory (LIGO). See for complete information.

Required Qualifications:

(Both Levels) Ph.D. physics, condensed matter physics, materials science, or a closely related field. (Associate Level) Must have 3 years of related experience.

Preferred Qualifications:

(Both Levels) Established research record and leadership in condensed matter physics, materials science, or a closely related field. Experience in the synthesis and/or characterization of quantum and topological materials, thin films, and devices. (Associate Level) Assistant professor or associate professor with a strong national reputation.  Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Additional Application Details: 

Attach ALL documents under the Resume/CV section of your application. Applicants must provide a vita, statement of research experience and accomplishments, teaching philosophy, and statement of their commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion. In addition, applicants must arrange for at least three professional references to be submitted independently to

For further information or questions about this position, please contact David P. Young, Search Committee Chair, Department of Physics & Astronomy, 202 Nicholson Hall, Louisiana State University (