Available Positions

The Department of Physics and Astronomy has employment opportunities for:


Undergraduate Summer Research Positions

Through its NSF funded REU Program (Research Experiences for Undergraduates), the department has summer positions available for undergraduate research assistants.

Paid summer research positions in Italy are available through a DOE-NSF/INFN student exchange program. Applicants must be US citizens who have completed at least three years of an undergraduate curriculum in physics, engineering or computing science at a US university.

Undergraduate Teaching Internship Positions

The department has positions during the academic year for undergraduate students to serve as teaching interns in introductory physics and astronomy courses. Interns typically work as teaching assistants in laboratory or recitation sections, or serve as workshop leaders. The internship program is open to all undergraduate science majors. Visit the teaching internship program page to learn more.

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Graduate Assistantships

Students admitted to the department's graduate program usually receive financial support either from the department or from external foundations.

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Labor Condition Application (U of R International Services Office)

Post-Doctoral Position in Quantum Nanostructures

The Quantum Nanostructures group at the University of Rochester, led by John Nichol, is seeking applications for a postdoctoral research associate. We are looking for a creative, self-motivated researcher who has the ability and interest to pursue exciting and challenging problems at the boundaries of quantum information processing and many-body quantum physics. Successful candidates should

  • Have completed a PhD in physics by the start of the position.
  • Have experience with dilution refrigerators.
  • Have experience with microfabrication, including electron beam lithography.
  • Possess good oral and written communication skills.

For more information about the group, visit nicholgroup.weebly.com.  The position is initially for one year but may be extended for a second and third year, depending on performance and funding.

To apply, applicants should submit their CV, a brief statement of research interests, and arrange to have three letters of recommendation sent to John Nichol (jnich10@ur.rochester.edu). Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

Marshak Fellowship in Particle and Nuclear Physics

The Marshak Fellowship in Particle and Nuclear Physics has been established to offer young scientists the opportunity to pursue innovative research at the University of Rochester in the fields of particle and nuclear physics, plasma astrophysics, and plasma physics and controlled fusion. To learn more, visit the Marshak Fellowship page.

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Tenure-Track Faculty Positions 

Associate Professor / Assistant Professor: Quantum Theory

The University of Rochester seeks outstanding mid-career and junior candidates for an open-rank faculty position in theoretical quantum science in the areas of quantum information and fundamental studies of quantum mechanics in atomic, molecular, optical, or condensed matter physics. The School of Arts & Sciences at the University of Rochester is committed to hiring exceptional and diverse faculty and expanding research and educational programs in quantum science.

Mid--career candidates will be expected to build on the University’s tradition of excellence in quantum science in both experimental and theoretical research across several departments at the University and to lead new initiatives. Tenure upon initial appointment for qualified candidates may be granted, contingent on favorable review of the candidate’s dossier by the department, the dean and the Provost.

Junior candidates should be ready to make transformative contributions to quantum science. The positions will be in the Department of Physics and Astronomy, with additional appointments available in other University units, depending on research interests.

Candidates need to have a Ph.D., an outstanding record of research in quantum science, and a commitment to excellence in teaching at both the undergraduate and the graduate levels. Candidates who have a demonstrated commitment to diversity and equity in STEM are particularly encouraged to apply.  Inquiries about the position should be directed to

Prof. John Nichol
University of Rochester


A complete application for all candidates will include a letter of application, a curriculum vitae including a list of publications (accessible online), teaching statement, research statement, and should arrange for four letters of recommendation to be sent in support of their application. Online submission of applications will be through our Faculty Online Recruitment System: http://www.rochester.edu/faculty-recruiting

Mid-Career candidates who may be eligible for tenure upon appointment will also be required to include course evaluations and syllabi.

For more information about the UR Physics and Astronomy Department, see


Applications will be reviewed beginning 1 October 2021 on an ongoing basis until the position is filled.

The University of Rochester has a strong commitment to diversity and actively encourages applications from candidates from groups underrepresented in higher education. The University of Rochester is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and encourages applicants from members of minority groups and women. All applications are considered.

 EOE / Minorities / Females / Protected Veterans / Disabled

The University of Rochester, an Equal Opportunity Employer, has a strong commitment to diversity and actively encourages applications from candidates from groups underrepresented in higher education.

EOE Minorities/Females/Protected Veterans/Disabled



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Non-Tenure-Track Faculty Positions

There are no non-tenure track faculty positions available at this time. 

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There are no staff positions available at this time.

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