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Search for a Tenure-track Assistant Professor Posiition

July 21, 2011

Tenure-track Assistant Professor Position in Functional Nanomaterials
University of South Carolina
College of Arts & Sciences
Department of Physics & Astronomy
The University of South Carolina invites applications in the field of experimental nanoscience or condensed matter for a tenure-track assistant professor position in the Department of Physics and Astronomy to begin August 16, 2012.  Recently-installed shared equipment for nanofabrication and characterization includes a clean room with optical and electron beam lithography, a 6-target co-sputter deposition system with a separate ion beam etch chamber, a Quantum Design PPMS with VSM capability, a RIE system, a variety of ultra-low temperature cryostats, a vacuum evaporator, an ultrafast laser system, and three AFM systems.  Position requires a PhD in Physics or related field.  Candidates with backgrounds in magnetic materials, spintronics, orfunctionalized surfaces for nanomaterials are especially encouraged to apply, but we also seek top candidates with cross-disciplinary expertise in a variety of fields including nanomechanics and nanobiophysics.  The successful candidate will be expected to establish a vigorous externally funded experimental research program that builds strong collaborations with our ongoing efforts in nanomagnetism, nanoelectronics, superconductivity, and biomaterials while demonstrating a commitment to excellence in teaching.
Candidates are requested to submit in confidence a curriculum vitae, publication list, statement of research interests and accomplishments, a research and teaching plan, and a minimum of three letters of recommendation to:  Professor Richard A. Webb, Chair of the Condensed Matter Search Committee, USC Physics and Astronomy, 712 Main St., Columbia, SC 29208.  Inquiries may be directed to Professor Webb at  For full consideration, applications must be received by November 30, 2011.  Further information is available at and
The University of South Carolina has been designated as one of only 73 public and 35 private academic institutions with “very high research activity” by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.The Carnegie Foundation also lists USC as having strong community engagement.  The university has over 28,000 students on the main campus (and over 43,000 students system-wide), 350 degree programs, and a nationally ranked library system. Columbia, the capital of South Carolina, has a population of over 650,000 in the greater metropolitan area.
The University of South Carolina is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer.  Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.  USC does not discriminate in educational or employment opportunities or decisions for qualified persons on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, or veteran status.