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The Columbia University Department of Physics seeks to appoint an assistant professor in the area of theoretical quantum condensed matter physics. It is expected that the candidate will develop a vigorous independent research program, continuing the long Columbia record of forefront accomplishment in science. Applicants for this position must possess a doctoral degree in Physics or a related field and have demonstrated the ability to do pioneering theoretical research as well as the promise of excellence in teaching and mentoring at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.

Candidates should submit with their application a cover letter, Curriculum Vitae (including publication list), brief statements of their research plans and teaching philosophy and a list of references. Candidates should arrange for three letters of recommendation to be sent on their behalf.  Please visit our online application site at:

for further information about this position and to submit your application.

This position in Theoretical Physics is funded in part by the Simons Foundation Junior Faculty Fellows Program and has a start date of July 1, 2021.  Review of applications and scheduling of interviews will begin January 6, 2021 and will continue until the position is filled.

Columbia University is an Equal Opportunity/ Affirmative Action employer. Columbia is committed to a working and learning environment supportive of its faculty and staff in their pursuit of a productive and fulfilling professional and personal life

The Columbia Neutrino Group is seeking qualified applicants for two postdoctoral positions in neutrino physics and related data acquisition and trigger applications, beginning January 2020.

The Columbia Neutrino Group is actively involved in a number of current and future neutrino experiments which utilize Liquid Argon Time Projection Chambers (LArTPCs) as the neutrino detector technology---a novel, high-resolution imaging technology for particle interactions. The experiments include MicroBooNE, which is currently in operation; the Short Baseline Neutrino (SBN) experimental program Near Detector (SBND), which is currently under construction; and the future Deep Underground Neutrino Experiment (DUNE), which is nearing completion of design stages for its first two far-detector modules. The group has leading roles in all of these projects, and has a long and distinguished history in neutrino physics measurements and in design and construction of data acquisition systems for particle detectors.

The successful candidates will take an active role in data analysis on SBN and DUNE as well as related LArTPC data acquisition and trigger development for SBND and DUNE. Both positions will have a focus on R&D for advanced data processing techniques for rare event searches, and their deployment on platforms handling high-rate, real-time streaming data.

Requirements: A PhD in experimental high energy particle or experimental nuclear physics is strongly preferred, but consideration will also be given to anyone with a strong background in relevant areas of computer science and strong interest in neutrino physics. Proficiency in programming is required, and experience with CPU/GPU/FPGA systems, online software workflows, and machine learning algorithms is preferred.

Expected appointment start date: January 1, 2020, or as soon as possible thereafter.

Both positions are initially one-year term appointments, and will be renewable for up to three years subject to mutual satisfaction and availability of funds.

Frequent (domestic and/or international) travel may be required.

Application guidelines:

Interested candidates should submit their application including (1) their CV, (2) a research statement describing their research background and interests, and (3) the names of up to three reference letter providers to [email protected] by Nov. 1, 2019.

Reference letters should be submitted to [email protected] directly by the reference providers, and must be received by Nov. 15, 2019. Review of applications will commence on Nov. 1, 2019, and continue until the positions are filled.

At Columbia University and Nevis Laboratories we value diversity as a way to enrich our scientific research and academic missions. We strongly encourage applications from members of groups who are underrepresented in science and technology. Columbia University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer -- Race/Gender/Disability/Veteran.

For any questions or further information on these positions, please contact Prof. Georgia Karagiorgi at [email protected]

Contact: Karagiorgi, Georgia S. ([email protected])

Letters of Reference should be sent to: [email protected]

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The lattice QCD group in the Physics Department of Columbia University is seeking candidates for a postdoctoral position in computational quantum field theory beginning in September of 2020.  This is a one-year position with renewal expected for a second and possibly for a third year.  Applicants should send a CV, a list of publications, and a statement of research interests to AcademicJobsOnline at: 

Please do not mail or email a copy of these directly to Columbia.  In addition we require three letters of recommendation which we strongly prefer are submitted through AcademicJobsOnline.  However, we will also accept letters of recommendation sent to  

Professor Robert Mawhinney
Physics Department
Columbia University
538 West 120 Street
New York, NY 10027

[email protected]

Review of applications will begin December 16, 2019 and will continue until the position is filled.  Columbia University is an equal opportunity employer and encourages applications from women and minority candidates.  

The Department of Physics at Columbia University invites applications for an Associate Research Scientist to begin August 1, 2021. The Associate Research Scientist will lead experiments in molecular and atomic laser cooling, ultracold chemistry, and high-precision measurements. The responsibilities include designing and conducting experiments, collecting and analyzing data, presenting results in publications and talks, and supervising junior researchers.

For more information and to apply, please go to:

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