Asst. Prof. of Physics in Experimental Quantum Optics | Montana State University – Physics


Posted: 08-Dec-22

Location: BOZEMAN, Montana

Salary: See job posting


Physics: Optics and Laser

Physics: Photonics

Physics: Quantum



Work Function:

Faculty 4-Year College/University

Required Education:


Internal Number: FAC – VA – 23047

The Department of Physics at Montana State University invites applications for a tenure-track position in experimental quantum optics.  We seek to hire a scientist conducting experimental research at the forefront of quantum optics related to quantum information science (QIS). Possible research areas include: quantum communications or networks; quantum computing and sensing; quantum materials; atomic, optical, and molecular physics; fundamental limits of light-matter interactions; quantum transduction of photons; photon mediated interactions; quantum opto-mechanics; nanoscale quantum optical devices; spin-photon interactions; quantum coherence of larger-scale systems; quantum optics at novel wavelengths; or non-linear quantum optical processes.  Successful candidates will hold a Ph.D. in physics or related field and will have demonstrated the potential to develop and conduct a vigorous research program in areas related to the study, development, and application of quantum optics. The successful candidate will have a strong commitment to excellence in graduate and undergraduate teaching and research. The hire will complement current multidisciplinary QIS research collaborations among the Physics, Engineering, Spectrum Lab, MonArk Quantum Foundry,  Montana Microfabrication Lab, Imaging and Chemical Analysis Lab, the Optical Technology Center, and over 40 optics and photonics related local companies. The appointment is expected to be at the Assistant Professor level.

Montana State University values a broad array of experiences and perspectives and is committed to continually supporting, promoting and building an inclusive and culturally rich campus environment. We hope to attract applicants who can teach in a diverse university community and have demonstrated ability in helping students from diverse backgrounds succeed. In support of our strategic plan, which promotes access and respect, we enthusiastically encourage members of traditionally underrepresented groups to apply. MSU recognizes the importance of work-life integration and strives to be responsive to the needs of dual-career couples.

Candidates must show promise in teaching as well as in research. A Ph.D. in physics or related discipline is required by the start of employment. Applications from
qualified minorities, women, veterans, and persons with disabilities are highly encouraged. Screening of applications will start January 1, 2023 and continue until an adequate applicant pool has been established. For complete job announcement and application procedures, visit:

Equal Opportunity Employer, Veterans/Disabled

About Montana State University – Physics

Montana State University’s Physics Department has internationally recognized research groups in Astrophysics, Biophysics, Condensed Matter Physics, Gravitational Physics, Lasers and Optics, Quantum Optics, Quantum Materials, RF photonics, Physics Education, Solar Physics, and the Space Sciences. The varied accomplishments of our department are a tribute to the extraordinary efforts of the 19 tenure-track faculty, 15 research and teaching faculty, 22 postdoctoral fellows and research scientists, 65 graduate students, and 90 undergraduate students, supported by an outstanding and highly-motivated staff. Student involvement in research and outreach are key elements to the departments success. Montana State University is situated in Bozeman, Montana, a place that is small enough to have a personality, but big enough to have all the amenities of a city. The area attracts highly motivated individuals who like to both work hard and enjoy life, living close to nature in a beautiful Rocky Mountain setting. Bozeman is home to numerous high technology companies, including a number that focus on optics, photonics, cryogenics, electronics, and software.

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