Assistant Professor in Three-Dimensional Nanostructures


Department of Physics and Optical Science

Assistant Professor in Three-Dimensional Nanostructures

The Department of Physics and Optical Science at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte is seeking applicants for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in the area of three-dimensional nanostructures, to start in Fall 2015. This position is part of a university-wide initiative to strengthen interdisciplinary research collaborations and expand ties between the Optical Science and Engineering Ph.D. program and the Nanoscale Science Ph.D. Program housed in the Department of Chemistry, and will additionally involve the departments of Physics & Optical Science, Mathematics & Statistics, Biological Sciences, and academic units within the College of Engineering.

The desired research specialization for this position is experimental in nature, and includes development of new scalable methods for patterning and/or assembling materials (including biological-based processes), development of new nano-composites and metamaterials having useful optical and electronic functions, and techniques for three-dimensional fabrication (including directed self-assembly, oblique deposition, additive and/or subtractive processes). Extensive infrastructure ( exists within the Department to support research in these areas, and although not required, a candidate’s potential for collaborative utilization of these facilities is preferred.

Candidates must have a Ph.D. or equivalent degree in Optics, Physics or a related field such as Materials Science/Engineering, a significant record of research and publication, and a strong commitment to teaching at the undergraduate and graduate levels in a diverse classroom setting. The successful applicant is expected to be actively engaged in the academic community, including the Department of Physics and Optical Science and the Department of Chemistry, and the Ph.D. programs of Optical Science and Engineering and Nanoscale Science via participation and leadership through advising and mentoring students, service at the program, College, University, community and professional levels, and programmatic governance.

Applications must be submitted electronically at (position 6732) and include (1) a letter of interest that addresses the requirements for the position; (2) a CV; (3) detailed description of research plans; (4) a statement of teaching experience, philosophy, and interests; and (5) unofficial copies of undergraduate and graduate transcripts. Applicants must also arrange to have three letters of reference forwarded via email to For full consideration, all application materials should be received by January 5, 2015. Review of applications will begin on that date and will continue until the position is filled. Questions may be directed to Dr. Michael Fiddy, Search Committee Chair ( Applicants may visit,, ,, and for more information.