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Tenured or Tenure-Track Open Rank Faculty, Quantum Systems

Engineering, Other, Research / Scientific

Arlington. Blacksburg

Tenured or Tenure-Track Open Rank Faculty, Quantum Systems

  • 522535
  • Arlington, Virginia, United States
  • Blacksburg, Virginia, United States
  • Engineering
  • Other
  • Research / Scientific
  • Teaching & Research Faculty
  • Virginia Tech University

Job Description

Virginia Tech invites applicants for multiple tenured or tenure-track faculty positions at any rank (assistant professor, associate professor and professor) in Quantum Systems. The successful candidates will have expertise in technologies associated with quantum sensors and devices for future real-world solutions in application areas such as positioning, navigation and timing, magnetometry, electrometry, mass spectrometry, chemical sensing, optomechanics, and gravitometry. The positions will be anchored at the Virginia Tech National Security Institute (in either Arlington or Blacksburg), and the candidates will hold tenure-line appointments in an academic department in either the College of Engineering or the College of Science depending upon background and personal preference.

Quantum science and engineering is one of four major research frontiers at Virginia Tech https://www.research.vt.edu/research-frontiers/quantum.html and it is expected that candidates will join university-wide efforts such as the Virginia Tech Center for Quantum Information Science and Engineering https://ictas.vt.edu/center-for-quantum-information-science-and-engineering.html and the recently announced Center of Quantum Architecture and Software Development within the Virginia Tech Innovation Campus https://vtx.vt.edu/articles/2021/11/northrup-quantum.html. Virginia Tech is a member of the Quantum Economic Development Consortium (QED-C) https://quantumconsortium.org and by virtue of our locations in Arlington and Blacksburg, Virginia, faculty will be in close proximity to federal agencies, national laboratories, and federally-funded research and development centers.

The Virginia Tech National Security Institute (VTNSI) is a university thematic research institute https://www.research.vt.edu/institutes.html, with the mission of meeting the pressing needs of the defense and intelligence communities by developing their future workforce and advancing interdisciplinary research, technology, and policy. We envision a future state where VTNSI is the Nation’s preeminent academic organization that intersects integrated basic and applied research and development with experiential learning to advance National Security. Given the appointment at the VTNSI, successful candidates must be a U.S. Citizen with the ability to obtain and maintain a U.S. Government security clearance.

Successful candidates will have a demonstrated commitment to promoting diversity, inclusion, and multicultural competence in an educational and work environment and must be willing to contribute to Virginia Tech's strategic plan of inclusion.

Applicants must hold a Ph.D. or equivalent in a relevant field by date of hire, and practical government or industry experience is preferred. The successful candidate will be expected to establish a vigorous and well-funded research program; continue development of scholarly activities and professional capabilities; and actively participate in institute, department, college, and university governance.

Inquiries about the positions should be directed to the Executive Director of the Virginia Tech National Security Institute, Dr. Eric G. Paterson, egp@vt.edu.

Required Qualifications

- Ph.D. or equivalent in engineering, physics or a closely related field by date of hire
- U.S. Citizen
- Ability to obtain and maintain a U.S Government security clearance
- Recognized as a contributor by peers in their field of study
- Possess a high degree of scholarship in peer-reviewed journals or institutional reports
- Evidence of mentoring colleagues and/or students
- Strong service contributions
- Evidence of proposal development and project management of sponsored programs

Appointment Type


Salary Information

$125,000 - 200,000 depending upon rank and location

Review Date

November 28, 2022

Additional Information

The successful candidate will be required to have a criminal conviction check and must be a U.S. Citizen.  There are multiple openings and applications will be reviewed continuously until the positions are filled.  It is expected that initial interviews will begin in December 2022. To apply, please submit your application including curriculum vitae,  detailed statement of research accomplishments and plans and at least three references. 

About Virginia Tech

Dedicated to its motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve), Virginia Tech pushes the boundaries of knowledge by taking a hands-on, transdisciplinary approach to preparing scholars to be leaders and problem-solvers. A comprehensive land-grant institution that enhances the quality of life in Virginia and throughout the world, Virginia Tech is an inclusive community dedicated to knowledge, discovery, and creativity. The university offers more than 280 majors to a diverse enrollment of more than 36,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students in eight undergraduate colleges, a school of medicine, a veterinary medicine college, Graduate School, and Honors College. The university has a significant presence across Virginia, including the Innovation Campus in Northern Virginia; the Health Sciences and Technology Campus in Roanoke; sites in Newport News and Richmond; and numerous Extension offices and research centers. A leading global research institution, Virginia Tech conducts more than $500 million in research annually.

Virginia Tech does not discriminate against employees, students, or applicants on the basis of age, color, disability, sex (including pregnancy), gender, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, or military status, or otherwise discriminate against employees or applicants who inquire about, discuss, or disclose their compensation or the compensation of other employees or applicants, or on any other basis protected by law.

If you are an individual with a disability and desire an accommodation, please contact Sue Kass at sjkass@vt.edu during regular business hours at least 10 business days prior to the event.


Each agency within the Commonwealth of Virginia is dedicated to recruiting, supporting, and maintaining a competent and diverse work force. Equal Opportunity Employer

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