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Department of Physics and Astronomy


Endowed Chair Experimental Nanoscience

The Department of Physics and Astronomy at Vanderbilt University invites applications at the full professor level for the Stevenson Chair in Physics. The focus of the search is experimental nanoscience, focused primarily within the Vanderbilt Institute for Nanoscale Science and Engineering (VINSE), but also including an extensive network of University centers with nanoscience components. Applicants should have a record of exceptional research accomplishments in nanoscience and a demonstrated interest in effective teaching at both graduate and undergraduate levels. Applications should include a full curriculum vitae, a list of eight to ten significant publications, statements of research and teaching interests, and the names of five individuals willing to write letters of recommendation. Candidates will be informed before letters are solicited. Please send all materials electronically, preferably in pdf format, to . Review of applications will begin December 1, 2011 and continue until the position is filled. The earliest starting date for the Chair is expected to be August 15, 2012. Vanderbilt University is ranked among the top twenty institutions in the National Universities category; ranked twelfth on The Scientist's 2010 Best Places to Work in Academia (US locations); and in 2009 was the first educational institution to appear on Fortune magazine's list of top one hundred places to work.  Vanderbilt University is an equal employment opportunity/affirmative action employer. Women and minority candidates are encouraged to apply.

Postdoctoral Research Positions (Experimental)

Postdoctoral Research Associate applications are sought from candidates interested in studies of carrier, spin and phonon dynamics in material systems employing a novel ultrafast laser approach. Using coherent acoustic phonons, it is possible to characterize defect concentrations with nanometer resolution and in some circumstances to locally modify heterostructures far from equilibrium (see Send application letter, resume, and arrange to send three letters of reference to: Professor Norman Tolk, Department of Physics and Astronomy, Vanderbilt University, Nashville Tennessee 37235-1807, or electronically send to



Research Positions

Graduate and undergraduate students interested in research positions should inquire with individual research groups.

Undergraduate Teaching Positions

Undergraduate students with demonstrated proficiency in introductory general physics courses (1601/2, 1501/2, or 1901/2) are invited to contact Professor Forrest Charnock, 6328 Stevenson, regarding tutoring, help-desk, or lab TA opportunities.


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 (615) 343-7263
 6301 Stevenson Science Center

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