Employment Opportunities

Tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor with research interest in the areas of experimental condensed matter physics and atomic molecular and optical (AMO) physics

The Department of Physics and Astronomy in the College of Arts and Sciences invites applications for a tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor with research interest in the areas of experimental condensed matter physics and atomic molecular and optical (AMO) physics. Research emphasis is placed on the study of the quantum nature of materials and information via the use of optical and photonic systems. Talented candidates in other areas will also be considered. We seek outstanding applicants with a demonstrated track record of excellence in research and teaching along with a demonstrated commitment to the missions of the department and Howard University. The University has on-going relationships and access to world-class external research facilities as it works to promote and maintain interdisciplinary collaborations with nationally recognized research organizations, such as NASA, NIST and NRL. In addition, the Department has a strategic priority of enhancing collaborations and interactions with national laboratories and to lead/participate in large interdisciplinary research programs. Successful candidates are expected to develop vigorous, extramurally funded research programs in their areas of expertise, actively participate in the Department's teaching and curriculum development at the undergraduate and graduate levels, and mentor undergraduate and graduate students. Evidence of interest and success in mentoring underrepresented students is highly desired.

Howard University is ranked as one of the top private universities that focuses on producing African American scientists. Howard University, a culturally diverse, comprehensive, research intensive and historically Black private university, provides an educational experience of exceptional quality at the undergraduate, graduate, and professional levels to students of high academic standing and potential, with particular emphasis upon educational opportunities for Black students. Howard University is currently classified as an R2 research university with aspirations and actions underway to achieve R1 status within the next few years. It is a residential campus of approximately 10,000 students located in the heart of the nation’s capital, Washington, DC.

The Department of Physics and Astronomy currently consists of 16 faculty members, conducting pure and applied research with specializations in Condensed Matter Physics, Batteries & Renewable Energy, Laser Spectroscopy & Optics, Cosmology & String Theory, Nuclear and Elementary Particle Physics and Biophysics. It offers BS, MS, and PhD degrees in physics with foci in Experimental, Theoretical and Computational Physics research related to the above cited areas and is a leading producer of African Americans earning degrees in Physics.

Required Qualifications:

  • Earned doctorate in physics or a related field of study from an accredited institution;
  • Record of scholarship, teaching, and professional service commensurate with the rank of assistant professor;
  • Effective communication and organizational skills; and
  • Evidence of successful grant writing experience.

Complete applications consist of a single PDF file containing

1) Cover letter addressing qualifications listed above;

2) Current curriculum vita;
3) Two-page statement of research accomplishments, interests and future plans;

4) Two-page statement of teaching experience and philosophy; and

5) Names and contact information for at least three references who will provide letters upon request from the search committee.

The application should be submitted via e-mail to Prof. Silvina Gatica (sgatica@howard.edu), Chair, Appointments, Promotions and Tenure Committee, Department of Physics and Astronomy, Howard University, 2355 6th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20059. The position is expected to be filled effective August 16, 2022. Review of applications will begin on January 18, 2022 and continue until the position is filled.

The University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender or gender identity, marital status, religion, disability or protected veterans status. Veterans and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply. Inquiries regarding provisions for persons with disabilities or veterans status, Equal Employment Opportunity and Title IX should be directed to the Office of Employee Relations and Equal Employment Opportunity at 202-806-1280.

Medical Physics Program Director Job Offering

The Department of Physics & Astronomy in the College of Arts and Sciences invites applications for a tenured position at the rank of Associate Professor to serve as the founding Director of the newly established Medical Physics Program. The two-year M.S. granting program in Medical Physics has an initial therapeutic-radiation oncology track. We seek outstanding applicants with a demonstrated track record of excellence in research and teaching in Medical Physics. Successful candidates are expected to develop vigorous, extramurally funded research programs in their areas of expertise, actively participate in the Department's teaching and curriculum development at the graduate level, and mentor graduate students. Evidence of interest and success in mentoring underrepresented minority students is highly desired. Candidates who have successfully completed a CAMPEP accredited residency program are preferred.

Howard University, a culturally diverse, comprehensive, research intensive and historically Black private university, provides an educational experience of exceptional quality at the undergraduate, graduate, and professional levels to students of high academic standing and potential, with particular emphasis upon educational opportunities for Black students. Howard University is classified as a Doctoral University: Higher Research Activity by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. It is a residential campus of approximately 10,000 students located in the heart of the nation’s capital, Washington, DC.

The Department of Physics & Astronomy currently consists of 17 faculty members, conducting pure and applied research with specializations in Condensed Matter Physics, Batteries & Renewable Energy, Laser Spectroscopy & Optics, Cosmology & String Theory, Nuclear and Elementary Particle Physics and Biophysics. It offers BS, MS, and PhD degrees in Physics with foci in Experimental, Theoretical and Computational Physics research related to the above cited areas and is a leading producer of African Americans earning degrees in Physics.

Required Qualifications:

  • Earned doctorate in Physics, or a related field, from an accredited institution;
  • Record of scholarship, teaching, and professional service commensurate with the rank of associate professor;
  • Effective communication and organizational skills; and
  • Evidence of successful grant writing experience.

Complete applications consist of a single PDF file containing:

  1. Cover letter addressing qualifications listed above;
  2. Current curriculum vita;
  3. Two-page statement of programmatic vision, research accomplishments, interests, and future plans;
  4. Two-page statement of teaching experience and philosophy; and
  5. Names and contact information for at least three references who will provide letters upon request from the search committee.

Completed applications should be addressed to the Chair of the Search Committee: Dr. Prabhakar Misra, and submitted electronically to pmisra@howard.edu. Screening will begin on March 1, 2021 and continue until the position is filled. The desired starting date is July 1, 2021.

Howard University is an Equal Opportunity/Equal Access/Affirmative Action employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce. All individuals, including minorities, women, individuals with disabilities, and protected veterans are encouraged to apply.

Lecturer position available for the 2022-23 academic year.

The Department of Physics and Astronomy has one-year temporary (non tenure-track) faculty positions for AY2022-2023 (Aug. 2022 - May 2023).

Applicants are invited in all areas of physics.

This position is at the rank of Lecturer with primary responsibility of instruction and requires a Ph.D. degree in physics or a closely related field. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

Applicants should submit a letter of application, a curriculum vitae and the names and contact information (e-mail address and telephone) of three references to:

Prof. Silvina Gatica (sgatica@howard.edu)
APT Committee Chair
Department of Physics and Astronomy
Howard University
2355 Sixth Street NW
Washington, DC 20059

Howard University is an Equal Opportunity/Equal Access/Affirmative Action employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce. All individuals, including minorities, women, individuals with disabilities, and protected veterans are encouraged to apply.