The importance of physics in the intellectual and economic life of the 21st century is clear to thoughtful individuals. The increased use of complex technologies in microelectronics, environmental physics, optics, space and renewable energies, defense, health care, nanotechnology, manufacturing and other industries provides ample evidence that the value of understanding physics will continue to increase for individuals and society.
Faculty Searches in Observational or Experimental Astrophysics and Experimental or Theoretical Condensed Matter Physics. The
UNF Physics Department is seeking candidates for three tenure-track faculty positions to start in August 2015. Position one is
for an assistant professor in the area of observational or experimental
astrophysics. A Ph.D. in physics with a concentration in astrophysics is
required. Position two is for two assistant or associate professors in
experimental or theoretical condensed matter physics. A Ph.D. in physics with a concentration in condensed matter
physics is required. Postdoctoral research experience and the ability to secure
external funding are highly desirable. The successful candidates
will be able to teach courses throughout the department’s curriculum and will
be able to conduct externally fundable research involving undergraduate
physics majors. Start-up funds are available. Not including these positions,
the department's tenure-track faculty consists of two theoretical
astrophysicists, five condensed matter experimentalists, and one condensed
matter theorist. A letter of interest, CV, undergraduate and graduate transcripts, and
statements of teaching philosophy (1-2 pages) and research interests with an
itemized start-up budget (2-3 pages) (uploaded as OTHER DOC) must be
submitted online at www.unfjobs.org (position one is
#314990 and position two is #312800/332670). In addition to the online application, three letters of
reference must be submitted to Dr. Daniel Santavicca at PhysicsSearch@unf.edu or
Department of Physics, Science and Engr. Bldg. 50, Room 2600, University of North
Florida, 1 UNF Dr., Jacksonville, FL 32224. Application review will begin on
January 5, 2015. The search will continue until the positions are filled. UNF
is an EO/EA/AA Institution.
Welcome to the new faculty in the department this Fall 2014:
Dr. Maitri Warusawithana, assistant professor of physics, (Post-doc, Penn State and Ph. D. University of Illinois) is an experimental condensed matter physicist with expertise in molecular beam epitaxy and who has acquired two MBE chambers for thin film fabrication to support his research program at UNF.
Dr. Chris Kelso, assistant professor of physics, (Post-doc, University of Utah and Ph. D. University of Chicago) is a theoretical/computational astro-particle physicist with expertise in modelling dark matter. Dr. Kelso will be acquiring a multi-node PC cluster to support his and other UNF physics faculties' research at UNF.
Dr. Sampyo Hong, visiting assistant professor of physics (Post-doc, University of Central Florida and Ph. D. Kansas State University) is a theoretical condensed matter physicist.
Dr. Jeff Hoskins, visiting assistant professor of physics (Ph. D. University of Florida) is an experimental condensed matter physicist.
The Physics Department at UNF endeavors to create learning opportunities for our students, as evidenced by the launch of these initiatives:
For the Physics Internship Program, see the Chair of the Department of Physics. Also, note that the host internship and student internship application forms are linked on this page to the top right under "Helfpul Links".
Two-thirds of the UNF physics graduates over the past decade have continued their studies in graduate or professional schools, including the likes of Rice University, Stanford University, Ohio State University, Johns Hopkins University, Cornell University, University of California-Berkeley, Cologne University in Germany, University of Florida, Florida State University, Mayo Clinic Medical College, and the American University of Beirut. Other graduates have taken positions in national laboratories (Los Alamos, NASA), the military, private industry (e.g., Saft, Vistakon, Saft Battery, General Electric, Lockheed Martin, etc.) and secondary teaching (e.g., Stanton College Preparatory School, Paxon School of Advanced Studies, Douglas Anderson School of the Arts, etc.).
Our faculty are noted researchers and contribute regularly to the community at large.
The department has an extraordinary array of major research instruments for a comprehensive university of UNF’s size. The equipment is valued at well over $3 million dollars:
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