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Jobs in AEP

Position openings in the School of Applied & Engineering Physics (AEP), a department in Cornell University's College of Engineering

Current Job Openings

  • Tenure-Track Position

    Ithaca, NY

    The School of Applied and Engineering Physics (AEP) at Cornell University is seeking  applications for two faculty positions: a tenure-track Assistant Professor and an open rank Professor. Candidates must be able to demonstrate the ability to develop a highly successful and  internationally recognized independent research program, and to participate effectively in the  teaching of the applied physics curriculum at both the undergraduate and graduate  levels. Research areas of interest include biophysics and biotechnology, optics and photonics,  nanostructure science and technology, novel instrumentation methods, quantum information  science and technology, renewable energy, and materials physics. Applications in computational  physics should demonstrate overlap with current experimental efforts on campus.  Prospective  candidates who wish to pursue interdisciplinary research efforts are strongly encouraged to  apply. The successful applicant can expect a highly competitive level of support for the start-up  of his/her research program.  Considerable institutional resources are available at Cornell that can  strengthen this research program and support interdisciplinary and collaborative research  ventures. The successful candidate can expect to benefit from association with one or more of  Cornell's interdisciplinary research centers, national facilities, and national resources

    Typically, postdoctoral experience is considered to be essential for Assistant Professor  applicants. However, for exceptional candidates who are nearing the completion of their PhD we  can provide additional support in the form of a bridging fellowship for postdoctoral training prior  to the start of the faculty position. We especially encourage applications by members of groups  historically underrepresented in AEP and STEM. 

    Cornell University seeks to meet the needs of dual career couples, has a Dual Career program, and is a member of the Upstate New York Higher Education Recruitment Consortium to assist with dual career searches.  The Upstate New York HERC website lists available positions in higher education in the upstate New York area. 

    Interested applicants should submit a cover letter; curriculum vitae; a publication list; a statement of teaching experience and interests including broadening participation; a  statement addressing your experience and future plans regarding diversity, equity, and inclusion  (see the Office of Faculty Development and Diversity statement for more information); a brief (3-page limit) statement of research interests; and the names and complete contact information for at least three references.  An automated message will be sent to all references requesting letters. Review of applications  will begin immediately; applications will begin to be evaluated starting by 01/01/2021. View the job link here


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  • Senior Faculty Position in Plasma Science and Engineering 

    Ithaca, New York

    The College of Engineering, Cornell University, Ithaca Campus, invites applications for a tenured professor and the Director of the Laboratory of Plasma Studies (LPS) from outstanding established plasma and fusion research scientists and engineers.

    The LPS is known internationally for its world-class High Energy Density Laboratory Plasma (HEDLP) research and has been the home of a research Center of Excellence sponsored by the National Nuclear Security Administration in this field of research for nearly 20 years. The Cornell College of Engineering is a premier institution of applied science and technology research and education, including in several areas of energy related research and development.

    The successful applicant is expected to be a leader in plasma science and/or fusion engineering and to have aspirations to expand Cornell’s footprint in fusion-related plasma science, engineering and technology research.  In addition to all LPS research facilities, the successful candidate can expect to benefit from the use of such Cornell research facilities as CHESS (Cornell High Energy Synchrotron Source) CCMR (Cornell Center for Materials Research) and CNF (Cornell Nanofabrication Facility) as well as from collaboration with many faculty experts in such areas as Advanced Manufacturing (“3D Printing”) and advanced electromagnetics (metamaterials).  The successful candidate can expect a competitive level of support for the start-up of broadened HEDLP and/or fusion technology research programs. For additional information about the position, please contact:

    The successful candidate will have a Ph.D. and several years of experience as an HEDLP or fusion plasma research project leader. A candidate with an established record of raising funds for such research is of special interest to us. Experimentalists, theorists and computationalists are all welcome to apply. A broad background is desirable, including experience with diagnostics for pulsed plasmas, plasma theory, the tools of data analysis, and computer simulation codes that can be used to help design and understand experiments. Doctorates can be in electrical engineering, physics, applied physics, materials science and engineering, mechanical engineering, astrophysical sciences or another technical field that is consistent with a tenured appointment in a Cornell College of Engineering department. There is an expectation that the successful applicant will be willing and able to teach courses in the College and will have demonstrated promise for excellence in this skill. Salary and rank will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. 

    The College of Engineering is especially interested in qualified candidates who can contribute, through their research, teaching and/or service, to the diversity of the academic community and to creating a climate that attracts students of all races, genders and nationalities. Diversity and inclusion are a part of Cornell University’s heritage and we especially encourage applications by members of underrepresented groups in science and engineering.  We are a recognized employer and educator valuing AA/EEO, Protected Veterans and Individuals with Disabilities.  We also recognize a lawful preference in employment practices for Native Americans living on or near Indian Reservations.   

    Applicants should submit a curriculum vitae, a research statement, a leadership vision statement for broadening Cornell Engineering’s footprint in fusion science and engineering, a teaching statement, three recent publications, complete contact information for at least 3 references, and a Statement of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.  Applications must be submitted online

    Review of applications will begin in April 2021, and applications received by the end of May 2021 will receive full consideration.  However, applications will continue to be accepted until the position is filled.

    For additional information about the application process, please contact:  

    Visit the LPS website for more information about LPS. 

    Cornell University seeks to meet the needs of dual career couples, has a Dual Career program, and is a member of the Upstate New York Higher Education Recruitment Consortium to assist with dual career searches.  

    Cornell University is an innovative Ivy League university and a great place to work.  There is a wide array of fringe benefits, programs and services to help advance academic careers as well as to enhance the quality of all employees’ personal lives, including employee wellness, childcare and adoption assistance, parental leave and flexible work options.  Our inclusive community of scholars, students and staff impart a sense of larger purpose and contribute creative ideas to further the university’s missions of teaching, discovery and engagement.  While Cornell’s main campus in Ithaca, NY will be the location of the position discussed in this ad, Cornell’s Tech Campus on Roosevelt Island in New York City, and the Weill Medical Colleges in Manhattan and Doha, Qatar, serve to broaden the reach of Cornell far beyond Upstate NY.   

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