Job Openings at Physics and Astronomy

Accountant II

Are you detail-oriented, with excellent multi-tasking, communication, and organizational skills? Join the Department of Physics and Astronomy staff team. You will work closely with the department administrator and with a diverse faculty and staff. We have a strong team and support each other to a high degree. For best consideration, please apply by November 17, 2021.

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Medical Imaging Post Doctoral Fellow Position at Chakraborty Lab

The Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of New Mexico (UNM) invites applications for a postdoctoral fellow position in optical imaging instrument development in the Chakraborty Lab in UNM's Department of Physics and Astronomy. Owing to its close collaborations with the Health Sciences and Biology department, this position will provide an outstanding environment for developing and translating new medical imaging technologies with applications in basic research. Historically, imaging cellular architecture in tissue required cutting thin slices. Recent development in tissue clearing and multiphoton microscopy has led to increased capability of performing histological investigations in intact tissue. Chakraborty lab is involved in development of novel microscopy tools and experimental strategies that enable quantitative imaging of such cellular/sub-cellular interactions in intact tissues.

The fellowship will focus on advancing state-of-the-art in microscope development techniques to solve challenging problems in biomedical imaging. Working closely in a multi-disciplinary environment, the candidate will be responsible for developing new and transformative lightsheet based imaging platforms that have direct impact in health sciences and biomedical imaging in general. The specific aim of the fellowship can be tailored to meet individual goals, which will provide an opportunity to build research, training-grants and publication experience. The initial term of employment is one year, but can be renewed upon satisfactory performance for up to three years.

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Quantum Information Post Doctoral Fellow Positions

The Center for Quantum Information and Control invites applications for Postdoctoral Fellowships in theoretical quantum information science as part of the National Science Foundation's Focused Research Hub in Theoretical Physics.

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High Performance Computing Post Doctoral Fellow

We are currently operating the first two stations of the Long Wavelength Array and are developing a C++/CUDA/Python streaming framework for data processing at those stations (Bifrost). 

The successful candidate would help with development and testing of this framework as well as work with other groups who are interested in learning about Bifrost.  They will also make use of Bifrost for scientific research in astronomy, ionospheric physics, or other fields. In addition, they will aid in LWA operations and in construction/commissioning of additional LWA stations. 

  • Experience with Python is required
  • Experience with C++, CUDA/OpenCL, realtime processing of large data sets, or radio astronomy is a plus
  • Candidates must have completed the computer science, physics/astronomy, or a related science/engineering field at the time of hire

For best consideration, applications should be received by November 15, 2021; however, applications will be accepted until the position is filled. For more details please see the full listing.


The Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of New Mexico invites applications for a full-time (9-month) lecturer position.

Primary responsibilities include teaching three lower-division undergraduate physics and/or astronomy courses per semester. Duties will include service roles associated with the introductory program.

Rank and salary will be commensurate with education and experience.

The expected start date is August 1, 2022, with classes beginning on August 22, 2022.

A Ph.D. or M.S. in physics or astronomy is required with Ph.D. preferred. A successful applicant with an M.S. will be hired with the rank Lecturer II, and a successful applicant with a Ph.D. will be hired with the rank of Lecturer III.

Preference will be given to candidates with teaching experience in lower-division undergraduate classes, excellent student/peer evaluations, a demonstrated ability to deliver lectures effectively and inspire students, and a demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and student success as well as working with broadly diverse communities.

A successful candidate should also demonstrate good supervisory skills and excellent communication skills and work ethic.

Applicants must submit an application through UNM Jobs at (posting number req15940). Applications must include a cover letter, CV, teaching statement, diversity statement, sample teaching materials, and student/peer evaluations. Candidates must arrange for at least two letters of reference to be sent to Dr. Mark Morgan-Tracy via email at

For best consideration, all application materials, including letters of reference, must be received by December 15, 2021; however, applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

Inquiries can be addressed to the Search Coordinator, Julie Morrison, at

The University of New Mexico is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and Educator. Qualified women and minorities are strongly encouraged to apply.

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Teaching Lab Supervisor

The Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of New Mexico is searching for a full-time Teaching Lab Supervisor.

This position requires a background in physics or a closely related field.

The Lab Supervisor will be responsible for providing technical support in upper division undergraduate/graduate physics laboratory classes, namely Electronics, Junior, Senior, and Optics labs, and for maintaining general lab equipment as well as computers. The individual will participate in the development of new experiments (including lab guides and documentation) across these laboratories and participate in the upper division undergraduate/graduate lab committee. The Lab Supervisor will also be responsible for helping with the maintenance of, and improvements to, equipment used in lower division labs and demos used in lectures. The individual also serves as the instructor of record for the summer session introductory physics and astronomy labs.

Other areas of responsibility include oversight and management of a small spectroscopy lab, teaching short courses including lab and laser safety, and occasionally performing other duties with the same general qualifications, as needed.

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Under general supervision, works in a toolroom machine shop to set up, program, and/or operate standard and CNC milling machines, lathes, light sheet metal equipment, and other machine tools as directed in the support of research and development activities.  Assists in the design and fabrication of fixtures, tooling, and experimental parts to meet special scientific needs.

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