Job Openings

Tenure-Track in Materials Science

The James Madison University Department of Physics and Astronomy invites applications for a tenure track faculty position at the rank of Assistant Professor beginning August 2018. We strive to be a leading undergraduate physics and astronomy department by building a research-active and student-centered program. We seek outstanding candidates in the areas of materials science, soft condensed matter, nonlinear, nonequilibrium, or biological physics. Candidates must have a Ph.D. in physics or a related field, relevant postdoctoral experience, and a demonstrated commitment to teaching physical sciences and mentoring undergraduates. The successful candidate is expected to initiate and maintain a vigorous research program involving students and be an effective teacher at all levels of the undergraduate physics curriculum, including courses for non-science majors. The ability to integrate existing instrumentation and facilities into a research program will be considered in evaluating candidates. Finally, the department is interested in candidates who are committed toward building an equitable and diverse scholarly environment.

The department has 21 full-time faculty members and approximately 100 students in our multi-track baccalaureate-only program. Additional information is available online about JMU at and about the department and facilities at

To apply go to JMU JobLink and reference posting number F1056 and complete the faculty profile and attach a cover letter, a current curriculum vitae, a statement of teaching philosophy, and a statement of research plans (as Other Document #1). Review of applications will begin on December 1, 2017.

James Madison University is an equal opportunity employer committed to creating and supporting a diverse and inclusive work and educational community that is free of all forms of discrimination. This institution does not tolerate discrimination or harassment on the basis of age, color, disability, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, parental status, political affiliation, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status.

We promote access, inclusion, and diversity for all students, faculty, staff, constituents, and programs, believing that these qualities are foundational components of an outstanding education in keeping with our mission. The University is interested in candidates whose experience and qualifications support an ongoing commitment to this core quality.

Anyone having questions concerning discrimination should contact the Office for Equal Opportunity: (540) 568-6991.

Instrumentation and facilities:

  • Dimension 3100 AFM
  • Multimode AFM
  • Sputter Deposition System
  • Profilometer
  • Spin Coater
  • Plasma Etcher
  • Mask Aligner
  • E-Beam Deposition System
  • E-beam Lithography System
  • Dip Coater
  • UV-Vis
  • Differential Scanning Calorimeter
  • Thermogravimetric Analyzer
  • Laser Engraver
  • Wire Bonder, Ellipsometer
  • Rheometer
  • Powder X-ray Diffractometer
  • FTIR
  • Clean Room
  • Light microscope and imaging facility (
  • Advanced Thermal Fluids Laboratory with water and wind tunnel and stereo particle image velocimetry system.