University of New Mexico, Office of the Vice President for Research

Position ID: 3333-QUANTUM [#23921]
Position Title: Open Rank in Quantum Information Science & Engineering
Position Type: Tenured/Tenure-track faculty
Position Location: Albuquerque, New Mexico 87131, United States
Subject Area: Quantum Sciences
Application Deadline: 2024/01/10 11:59PMhelp popup (posted 2023/11/20, listed until 2024/05/20)
Position Description:    

The University of New Mexico (UNM) is conducting a search to hire a diverse cohort of outstanding faculty in the areas of theoretical quantum information science, quantum computing algorithms and applications, experimental quantum optics/AMO quantum physics, and experimental quantum materials and systems. The positions are open rank, with initial appointments commensurate with experience and qualifications. Successful candidates will become members of academic departments in the School of Engineering and/or College of Arts and Sciences, including, but not limited to, Chemistry and Chemical Biology, Computer Science, Electrical & Computer Engineering, Mathematics, and Physics & Astronomy. Candidates will also have the opportunity to affiliate with some of UNM’s world-class research centers including the Center for Quantum Information and Control (CQuIC), the Center for High Technology Materials (CHTM), and the Center for Advanced Research Computing (CARC). Successful candidates will help to grow the interdisciplinary program in Quantum Information Science and Engineering (QISE) across the university and participate in the newly launched Quantum New Mexico (QNM) initiative. QNM has been established as a partnership between with the University of New Mexico and Sandia National Laboratories, with opportunities to grow collaborative research and education with other national laboratories and universities across the state of New Mexico.


These positions are for tenured and tenure-track faculty in the School of Engineering and/or College of Arts and Sciences. Tenured and tenure-track faculty in the school/college are fully funded academic year (9 month) positions.


We invite applications for tenure and tenure-track faculty in the following focus areas.


Theoretical Quantum Information Science (QIS) with primary areas of interest, including: quantum information theory; the interface of quantum information and fundamental physics such as condensed matter and high energy physics; quantum computer science and algorithms; the interface of quantum information and quantum chemistry; quantum simulation and many-body physics; quantum control and open quantum systems; quantum error correction; and quantum benchmarking and validation. Other topics of interest include quantum simulation; quantum complexity theory; application of QIS to problems in optimization and statistical machine learning; quantum architecture and software co-design; and mathematical foundations of QIS.


Experimental Quantum Optics/AMO Quantum Physics with primary areas of interest at the intersection of quantum optics, atomic & molecular physics, and quantum information. Topics of interest include: fundamental physics of quantum optics and AMO systems; photonic and atomic quantum sensing and metrology; quantum computing and quantum information; quantum communication and quantum networking; quantum memory/repeater architectures; and quantum simulators.  


Experimental quantum materials and systems with primary areas of interest including: photonics-based quantum science and technology; experimental photonics-based system-level quantum computing and communications. Candidates working in areas including quantum materials; quantum sensors; advanced spectroscopy and microscopy; and applications to biophysics, physics, engineering, or medical fields are strongly encouraged to apply.


Minimum Qualifications (open rank)

·       PhD in a field relevant to quantum sciences, including engineering disciplines, physics, chemistry, computer science, mathematics, etc.

·       A record of high-quality research productivity in the relevant fields.


Preferred Qualifications

·       Record of, or potential for, securing externally funded research grants in the relevant fields

·       Record of successfully mentoring and/or teaching students or trainees

·       History of working collaboratively in partnership with colleagues across disciplines and/or institutions

·       Record of engagement with national labs and/or industry in relevant fields

·       A demonstrated commitment to advancing diversity, equity, inclusion, and student success, and working with diverse communities

·       Record of, or potential for, teaching courses in the selected home departments


Requested Application Materials

·       Cover Letter (1-2 pages): Candidates should describe their suitability for the position by addressing both the minimum and preferred qualifications. They also should indicate the focus area and academic rank for which they are applying, and their top two preferred home departments, rank ordered.

·       Research Statement (3 pages maximum, not including references): Candidates should summarize their previous research experience and include short- and long-term research goals. They also should describe how their research plans are tied to potential funding and potential funding agencies.

·       Teaching Statement (2 pages maximum): Candidates should describe their teaching experience. They also should include their teaching philosophy and overall pedagogical strategy. Furthermore, candidates should describe their culturally-responsive approach to inclusive excellence in their teaching. In addition to specifying courses they would like to teach in the focus areas, they should identify other courses of interest that would contribute to the course offerings of the preferred home departments. Candidates should describe any mentoring experience and should specify if done with students from underrepresented backgrounds. 

·       Statement of Contributions to Inclusive Excellence (2 pages maximum): Candidates should discuss their record of accomplishment in advancing inclusive excellence, and their plans for advancing efforts at UNM. The statement should include specific contributions to actively mitigate inequities for any constituency. Furthermore, candidates should describe plans to mentor, support and amplify diverse voices in higher education and to foster healthy educational and research environments at their institution or outside. Examples of past efforts or ideas suitable for a Hispanic-Serving Institution R1 public university will strengthen the statement.

·       Curriculum Vitae (CV): most recently updated CV

·       List of professional references: 3-5 professional references required (names and contact information at time of application).


First Best Consideration Date: January 10, 2024


Additional best consideration dates may be announced in the future but are contingent upon availability of positions and funding.


Start date is negotiable, with an earliest start date of Fall 2024.

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