Open Faculty Position in Theoretical Nuclear Physics at WSU





The Department of Physics and Astronomy at Wayne State University seeks applications for a tenure-track assistant professor in Theoretical High-Energy Nuclear Physics. The appointment will begin as a cooperative fellowship with the RIKEN BNL Research Center (RBRC) at Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL) and the Beam Energy Scan Theory (BEST) Topical Collaboration in Nuclear Theory for a period of up to five years. During this period, the fellow will spend about half of their time at WSU and the remaining time at the RBRC in BNL. The appointment will start in August 2018 and include a competitive start-up package.  Candidates should have a strong background in QCD matter and relativistic heavy ion physics. We seek an individual who will be a leader in the LHC era and beyond. The successful candidate will maintain an active, externally funded research program and be committed to teaching at both undergraduate and graduate levels. A Ph.D. or equivalent degree is required and postdoctoral experience is important. This position is part of a new university wide initiative to enhance efforts in computational science and computationally intensive domain sciences. Experience in high-performance computing and/or data science is preferred. 

Our department ( consists of 28 faculty members with active research programs in relativistic heavy ion physics (STAR, ALICE and theory), particle physics (CMS, Belle and theory), astrophysics, condensed matter and materials physics, biophysics, and atomic physics. 

Applicants should submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae with a list of publications, and statements of research interests and teaching philosophy electronically through the WSU online hiring system for Posting#043134 using the following link:    

Applicants should also arrange to have at least three letters of reference sent directly to Please note that all the letters must be on letterhead and signed by the referee. Informal inquiries are welcome and should be sent to Professor Sean Gavin at Review of applications will begin Jan 15, 2018.

Wayne State University is a premier, public, urban research university located in the heart of Detroit where students from all backgrounds are offered a rich, high-quality education. Our deep-rooted commitment to excellence, collaboration, integrity, diversity and inclusion creates exceptional educational opportunities preparing students for success in a diverse, global society. WSU encourages applications from women, people of color and other underrepresented people. WSU is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer.


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