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Professor and Department Chair of Physics and Applied Physics

University of Massachusetts Lowell
Lowell, Massachusetts (US)
Salary commensurate with experience
Closing date
Jun 29, 2024

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Physical Sciences, Physics
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The University of Massachusetts Lowell invites applications for the position of Chair to lead an established and active Department of Physics and Applied Physics. We seek a visionary chair with a record of academic and research achievement to take the department to a new level, who will supervise and maintain departmental academic activities, while continuing their independent research program in a field that enhances and/or complements our current research strengths. The successful candidate will be a nationally prominent academic leader with an established record of excellence in research, education and mentorship that can promote a culture of innovation, collaboration, respect, and integrity.

The University of Massachusetts Lowell is a leading public research university in the greater Boston area and has a national reputation in science, engineering, and technology. The Department of Physics and Applied Physics has 28 full-time faculty (22 tenured/tenure-track and 6 teaching faculty) and 3 support staff. The department offers a B.S. in Physics and a new B.S. in Engineering Physics (ca. 100 undergraduates) and a long-standing and very active graduate program, offering M.S. and Ph.D. degrees (ca. 75 graduate students). The department has a diverse research portfolio in experiment, computation and theory, and ranks near 50th in the nation in externally funded research expenditures (over $11M/year), led by space, nuclear, quantum, and materials sciences and technologies, among others.

The appointee will be offered a competitive start-up package, with access to high-end research equipment and facilities, and the opportunity to collaborate with colleagues across disciplines in various science and engineering departments and research centers.

The position is open until filled, with a planned start date of September 1, 2025. 

Minimum Qualifications (Required):

  • Ph.D. in Physics or closely related field or equivalent

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Leadership experience at an academic or research institution

Special Instructions to Applicants:

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. However, the position may close when an adequate number of qualified applications is received. 

Please include the following required documents with your application:

  • Curriculum Vitae  
  • Cover Letter
  • Teaching Statement/Philosophy
  • Publication List
  • Research Interest
  • Research Statement
  • Statement on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
  • Names and contact information for three professional references will be requested at the time of application


The University of Massachusetts Lowell is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action, Title IX employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, sex, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, age over 40, protected veteran status, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, marital status, or other protected class.

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