Laboratory Co-Director - Assistant Teaching Professor - Physics

The University of Notre Dame is seeking a Laboratory Co-Director to oversee and teach physics laboratories for life science students and engineering students, coordinate classroom demonstrations, and outreach programs with our Physics Teaching Professors Team. This is a full-time, 12-month non-tenure track faculty position. The starting rank will be Assistant Teaching Professor, though a higher rank may be appropriate given prior experience. This is a three-year position with the possibility for renewal. Starting salary will be $55,000 to $70,000, depending on rank and experience.

The University of Notre Dame teaches calculus-based physics courses to approximately 550 life science/pre-health students and 800 engineering undergraduates each year. Both sequences are taught each fall and spring semester, as are their accompanying labs. Both courses, with their labs, are also taught during the summer session. The Laboratory Instructor will work with the current team to oversee the operation of lab sessions throughout the year. These duties include: working with the instructors of the lecture courses to ensure coordination of the lectures and the labs; maintaining and improving the lab manuals; overseeing, training and evaluating the graduate student teaching assistants assigned to teach each lab section; and giving presentations and supervising students during the lab meetings. It is also expected that the Laboratory Instructor will design new laboratories to be placed in the rotation of available experiments used in our Experiment Design pedagogy, using current research in physics pedagogy to guide their design and implementation. The Laboratory Instruction Team is also responsible for organizing the demonstrations used in the physics department classrooms and for developing new demonstrations.

Laboratory Co-Director/Instructor/Outreach duties include: co-maintaining all safety records for the labs and working with the college safety officer to ensure a safe laboratory environment; selecting and overseeing undergraduates who put up and take down each week’s labs; selecting and overseeing graduates who put up and take down each week’s demos for lecture courses; working with Engineering and Science Computing personnel to maintain and upgrade lab computers and software; and maintaining, organizing and repairing existing laboratory and demo outreach equipment and ordering new equipment as needed with annual approved budget. Opportunities to apply for physics education grants and to do research are encouraged, but not required.


The successful candidate will have a Ph.D. and will have experience in teaching undergraduate physics labs. Strong communication and organizational skills are expected. Experience with instructional laboratory software and equipment is preferred, but strong computer and electronics skills are necessary. Professional development and attendance at relevant conferences will be expected and supported.

Application Instructions

Submit your application materials at Candidates should provide a curriculum vitae, a teaching statement, and arrange to have three letters of recommendation submitted to the same site. A cover letter is optional.


Postdoctoral Position with the Topological Quantum Matter Research Group

The topological quantum matter group at the University of Notre Dame is looking to hire a postdoctoral associate starting Fall of 2019. The researcher is expected to carry out experimental magnetooptical and transport measurements at strong magnetic fields on quantum (topological and/or 2D) materials. The research will include work on high mobility topological IV-VI materials that are synthesized in house and 2D heterostructure assembly and characterization.  Involvement in material growth is also possible, but not required. Applicants should have solid prior experience in at least two of the following:

  • Electrical transport at low temperature and strong magnetic field
  • Magnetooptics (prefer THz and/or IR)
  • Nanofabrication and device processing
  • Experience in the physics of topological matter or 2D materials
  • Experience in IVVI, II-VI or III-V semiconductors is desirable but not required

Good communication skills are required, both in oral and written English. A September 2019 start date is desired but can be negotiated. Employment is full time for 2 years with a possible extension for 1 additional year. Interested applicants are asked to submit a CV, a publications list and a 1 page summary of research interest.

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Postdoctoral Position in Exoplanet Imaging & Instrumentation at Notre Dame


The Notre Dame Department of Physics, Astrophysics Research Group has an opening for a postdoctoral research fellow to work on high contrast direct imaging of extrasolar planets and IR instrumentation. The researcher will work with Prof. Jeffrey Chilcote, a member of the Gemini Planet Imager Science & Instrumentation teams as well as part of the CHARIS integral-field spectrograph at Subaru. Depending upon the applicant’s research interests and qualifications, research may be involved with high contrast imaging data analysis using data from the Gemini Planet Imager or the CHARIS integral field spectrograph at Subaru and/or instrumentation development for an upgrade to the Gemini Planet Imager, and possible other instrument development.


Qualifications include a PhD in physics, astronomy, or a related field, strong communication skills, and leadership qualities. Applicants with a background in optical & IR instrumentation, high-contrast extrasolar planet imaging, or integral field spectroscopy are particularly encouraged to apply. The appointment is for two years, with a third year contingent on performance and continued funding. Base salary will be commensurate with experience.


The University of Notre Dame is located in South Bend, Indiana and provides a family friendly environment and affordable cost of living. The successful applicant will receive health care and benefits ( More information about being a postdoctoral scholar at Notre Dame can be found at


Please submit your application materials at Candidates should provide a cover letter, CV, a three-page statement of research interests, publication list and arrange to have three letters of recommendation submitted.