Chair Search

Job Summary 

The School of Physics at the Georgia Institute of Technology (“Georgia Tech”) invites applications for the position of Chair and Professor of Physics. As its Chief Academic Officer, the Chair is responsible for providing leadership in facilitating the intellectual, creative, and scholarly development of the School.  Candidates for this position must have an earned doctorate and an international reputation in their field of expertise.  The successful candidate should have strategic skills and vision to lead the School toward high levels of excellence within an inclusive multi-disciplinary environment.  The candidate must have a strong commitment to faculty/staff development, diversity and inclusion, and the promotion of collaboration and innovation. He/She/They will also demonstrate the ability to champion the School’s vision for growth and development and a drive for directing advancement efforts.  

Areas of key responsibility include, but are not limited to, the following:   

  • Educational innovation and student development.  

  • Faculty and staff development. 

  • Developing and executing a creative and effective strategic vision for research and education in the School, consistent with the strategic plans and goals of the College of Sciences and the Institute. 

  • Communication with the School community concerning policies, decisions, and directions. 

  • Oversight of administration of the School’s activities. 

  • Fostering diversity and inclusion among faculty, staff, and students. 

  • Maintaining a high level of scholarly achievement in research. 

Department Description 

The Georgia Institute of Technology is a top-ranked public university, which prides itself on its technological and human resources, collaborative environment, high quality student body, and commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.  Georgia Tech is a member of the University System of Georgia, the Georgia Research Alliance, and the Association of American Universities. Driven by an exceptional community of educators, researchers, students, and staff, Georgia Tech is at the forefront of cutting-edge, collaborative research and instruction. 

Established in 1938, the School of Physics is one of six Schools in the College of Sciences at Georgia Tech. The School is comprised of 37 tenured/tenure-track faculty and 8 teaching faculty, 250 undergraduate majors, 130 graduate students, and 16 staff members with an operating budget of $7.5M and $9M in external research funding in 2020.  The school engages in fundamental and applied research in a variety of subdisciplines, focused largely, but not exclusively, on astrophysics, atomic and optical physics, condensed matter and quantum sciences, soft matter, biophysics/physics of living systems, and non-linear sciences. For more information on the School of Physics, please see

Required Qualifications 

Candidates must have a doctorate in Physics or a related field and demonstrated leadership experience. 

Required Documents to Submit 

Applicants should submit the following:   

  1. Cover letter including a statement of the applicant’s interest, experience, and qualifications for the position taking into account the areas of key responsibility listed above. 

  1. Curriculum Vitae that includes applicant’s record of teaching, publications, grants, advising, and administrative and leadership experience 

Applications must be submitted to HERE. Consideration of applicants will begin in September, 2021, and will continue until the position is filled. 

Contact Information 

Inquiries about the position should be addressed to Professor M.G. Finn, Search Committee Chair ( Inquiries about the application portal should be addressed to Ms. Ashley Edwards (  


Georgia Tech is a top-ranked public research university situated in the heart of midtown Atlanta’s dynamic and growing technology corridor. The Institute is a member of the University System of Georgia, the Georgia Research Alliance, and the Association of American Universities. Georgia Tech prides itself on its technology resources, collaborations, high quality student body, and commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. The city of Atlanta is itself a diverse and vibrant community, with great economic, cultural, and academic strengths, as well as the world’s busiest airport. 

Equal Employment Opportunity

Georgia Tech provides equal opportunity to all faculty, staff, students, and all other members of the Georgia Tech community, including applicants for admission and/or employment, contractors, volunteers, and participants in institutional programs, activities, or services. Georgia Tech complies with all applicable laws and regulations governing equal opportunity in the workplace and in educational activities. Georgia Tech prohibits discrimina tion, including discriminatory harassment, on the basis of race, ethnicity, ancestry, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, genetics, or veteran status in its programs, activities, employment, and admissions. This prohibition applies to faculty, staff, students, and all other members of the Georgia Tech community, including affiliates, invitees, and guests.