Applications are invited for a tenure-track position at the Assistant Professor level in Physics. Priority will be given to a researcher who can carry out experimental research in quantum information science/quantum computing. Other fields of experimental physics may also be considered, especially atomic, nuclear, or particle physics. The applicant should be able to carry out an externally-funded research program in experimental physics that can involve undergraduate students on the Montclair State campus. Supporting the experimental portion of our curriculum is also expected.

The Department of Physics and Astronomy at Montclair State University consists of 5 faculty members. In addition to a major and minor in physics, we also offer concentrations in astronomy and pre-medical physics, as well as bachelor’s and master’s options to become state-certificated in physics teaching. The normal teaching load for research-active faculty is 18 credits per year (distributed over two semesters). A typical course varies from 3 credits (lecture-only course) to ~7.2 credits (lecture + two lab sections of introductory physics). New faculty are awarded a start-up package and additional teaching release.

Montclair State University is New Jersey’s second-largest university, with over 21,000 students. It is a R2 Research Doctoral University under the Carnegie Classification of higher-education institutions. The University has a diverse student body and has met the criteria to be a Federally-designated Hispanic-Serving Institution. It is located 12 miles west of New York City in the town of Montclair. Additional information about our department can be found on our website: https://www.montclair.edu/physics-astronomy/ .


A Ph.D. in Physics or closely related field is required. One or more years of postdoctoral experience is strongly preferred. Candidates are expected to pursue research that will secure external funding and involve undergraduates. The successful candidate should also have a strong commitment to quality teaching in a broad range of courses at the undergraduate level. We are especially interested in candidates who can support and further develop the experimental physics component of our curriculum. Applicants of all genders, sexual orientations, races, ethnicities, faith traditions, political affiliations, and nationalities are welcome in our department.

SALARY RANGE:    Commensurate with qualifications

MATERIALS:      Upload cover letter, curriculum vitae ( (including a publication list), research statement, and a teaching statement. The materials should be ordered as listed and combined into a single pdf file. Upload only this single pdf file in the “quick apply” screen in WorkDay. Research and teaching statements should each be 5 pages or less. The cover letter should briefly summarize your qualifications and explain your interest in joining our department. In addition, you should have between 3 and 5 letters of recommendation submitted to Ms. Kinga Picerno via email at picernok@montclair.edu. These should be sent directly by the letter writer (not the candidate) prior to the application deadline.  Contact Marc Favata with any questions or requests for information at physics-search@montclair.edu.


  •     After uploading your single pdf application document under the “quick apply” screen, information from your CV will be extracted and automatically populated to the online Montclair State application.
  •     The contact information, work experience, and education listed on your CV will be parsed and input into your Montclair State application.
  •     Review information and double-check all fields containing information that the system parsed – the software is intelligent, but you need to verify that the data is accurate.

STARTING DATE:   September 1, 2020

APPLY BY    Applications should be complete and submitted by December 1, 2019 to ensure full consideration. Initial screening will begin shortly thereafter and be complete by the end of December.  On-campus interviews are expected to take place from mid-January through mid-February. The position is open until filled.


Physics and Astronomy

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