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In addition to world-class research opportunities and state-of-the-art facilities the institute provides a stimulating environment for scientists of different disciplines to interact and aid each other's research, and facilitates collaborations between researchers/mentors from different academic backgrounds.

Assistant Professor of Physics

Department of Physics, Physical Sciences Division 
Position Type: Faculty 
 Chicago, IL


The Department of Physics at the University of Chicago, together with research institutes and centers including the Enrico Fermi Institute and the James Franck Institute, is conducting a search at the rank of tenure-track Assistant Professor. The search is open to all subfields of experimental condensed matter and statistical physics, including soft condensed matter, complex fluids, far-from-equilibrium behavior, meta-materials, soft robotics, dynamical systems, and fluid dynamics (in all its guises). Department members play leading roles in a wide range of research areas; details can be found at the Department website. The University of Chicago has an inherently crosscutting and interdisciplinary structure that is supportive of newly emerging research opportunities.

Duties include conducting an independent research program, and teaching and advising undergraduate and graduate students. Review of applications will begin on November 1, 2023 and will continue until the position is filled. Expected start date is in the 2024-2025 academic year.


Completion of all requirements for a Ph.D. in physics or a closely related field at the time of hire.

Application Instructions

Applicants must apply online through the University of Chicago Academic Careers website at   and upload the following required materials: 

  • A cover letter.
  • A curriculum vitae.
  • A list of publications.
  • A research statement.
  • A teaching statement.
  • Applicants are required to request three confidential letters of recommendation via Interfolio.  

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We seek a diverse pool of applicants who wish to join an academic community that places the highest value on rigorous inquiry and encourages diverse perspectives, experiences, groups of individuals, and ideas to inform and stimulate intellectual challenge, engagement, and exchange. The University’s Statements on Diversity are at

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The JFI provides a stimulating interdisciplinary environment for postdoctoral research. In addition to the scientific and mentoring ecosystem within individual groups, JFI has an active program of visitors, symposia, and meetings as well as Education and Outreach opportunities. 

In addition, numerous fellowship opportunities exist for those interested in pursuing postdoctoral studies within the JFI while also having varying degrees of independence. 

Please reach out to individual faculty of interest to explore the local postdoctoral community and opportunities.