Assistant Professor, Biological Physics

Position Description: 

The Department of Physics at Yale University and the newly established Yale Quantitative Biology Institute (QBio) invite applications for a junior faculty appointment in the area of Biological Physics, working jointly between the department and the institute. Applications will be considered at the Assistant Professor level.

Recently, physicists have opened to theory new areas of living systems that were previously empirical. A much wider universe of living and evolutionary phenomena is now ripe for a revolution in understanding akin to that which transformed our understanding of hard condensed matter. Yale is making significant investments in this direction, establishing the new Quantitative Biology Institute (QBio) in the newly built, state-of-the-art Yale Science Building (YSB) on main campus, alongside labs from the physics and biology departments.  The successful candidate will be located in the QBio Institute. The mission of QBio is to gain insight into the logic of Life, and to uncover new principles by which living matter – both natural and engineered – self-organizes and computes.

We especially encourage applications from candidates using creative physics theory approaches to understand any living system, or those using living systems to generate new theoretical insight. The successful candidate will be provided with space for theoretical research within the QBio Institute in YSB, and access to shared or stand-alone empirical laboratory space if needed for their research program. The broad research interests of the QBio faculty include systems neuroscience, microbiology, evolution, materials science, soft condensed matter, molecular and cellular biology, non-equilibrium statistical mechanics, information theory, data sciences, and virology.

The successful candidate is expected to initiate a vibrant research group, be an interactive member of the Physics Department and of the QBio Institute, and contribute to teaching at the undergraduate and graduate levels. We are especially interested in candidates who will contribute to the diversity and excellence of Yale’s broader academic community. The Physics Department and the QBio Institute therefore particularly welcomes applications from women, persons with disabilities, protected veterans, and underrepresented minorities. Applicants must hold a Ph.D. or equivalent in Physics, or a closely related field, at the time of the hire. The anticipated start date is July 1, 2023.

Applicants should create a profile in Interfolio http://apply.interfolio.com/113696 and upload a cover letter, CV, a statement of current and future research plans (up to 3 pages), a teaching statement (1-2 pages), a diversity statement (1-2 pages), a list of up to five selected publications, and up to five reprints of papers published or in press. Candidates should arrange for at least three referees to upload letters of recommendation by the due date. To ensure full consideration please submit all materials by November 15, 2022.  Interviews and talks will be part of a two-day symposium tentatively scheduled for February 2-3, 2023.

Questions about the position can be submitted to the search committee at PhysBiosearch@mailman.yale.edu.

Qualifications

Applicants must hold a Ph.D. or equivalent in Physics, or a closely related field, at the time of the hire. 

Application Instructions

See position description and application instructions above. 

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

Yale University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer. Yale values diversity among its students, staff, and faculty and strongly welcomes applications from women, persons with disabilities, protected veterans, and underrepresented minorities.

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